Pauline Frederick was a leading Broadway actress who later became known for her Hollywood films.
Pauline Frederick was born Beatrice Pauline Libby in 1883. ?My birthday is ? or rather was, for I have had my last ? August 12,? she later stated in an interview in Motion Picture Magazine. ?On that date, according to records, I joined the other little beans in Boston. I had four nationalities from which to choose my temperament ? first my good old United States; second my mother?s ancestors, who were Scotch; and third, my father?s who were French and English. Such a combination I realized beforehand would be essential to the making of a picture star and acted accordingly.? she was an established stage actor when she made her first film in 1915. She made her last film in 1937. The following year, she died of complications from asthma and was cremated.
As a girl she was fascinated with show business, and determined early to place her goals in the direction of the theater. She reminisced in an interview in Motion Picture Magazine
That was the first money she earned, and to Pauline, it seemed like a fortune. ?My chums were there in full force that night waiting to see ?Polly take her dare,? and for their sakes I had to be brave about it, though I can remember to this day how I quaked inwardly when I stepped out on the stage and saw the hundreds of eyes turned toward me. I thought each eye was saying: ?She never did this before,? and in companion I was answering: ?No, she never did.? Well, I managed to get through my three songs some way or another, and after that it wasn?t so bad. That first week gave me the courage to go further and, of course, further meant New York.?