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"Look" Magazine



Helen Mack
Nov. 13, 1913 - Aug. 13, 1986


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Updated: 11/22/2014

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Everybody Has To Be Somebody

 Click on the pic above to open the ad catalogue for "You Belong To Me"

This page is equivalent to the cutting room floor in a movie editor's workshop. Anything that isn't relavent to the telling of the story would end up cut from the film. Also, great ideas and concepts that never were filmed are always just a memory of what could have been - nothing more. So, this is my "cutting room floor". Here you will find bits and pieces that don't really fit anywhere, but are interesting enough to be shared.

Comic Book Inspiration

Dave Cockrum,  veteran "X-Men" comic book artist talks about utilizing Helen as a role model for one of his comic book characters:

 "And yes, I wanted to do the Charma story. I actually did some design drawings on Charma and Grimbor (and don't ask to see them, they're long lost in the mists of comic book nirvana). I was basing my version of Charma on an early sound film actress, Helen Mack, who has always struck me as the perfect helpless waif/damsel in distress type. If you're curious, she's the girl in 'Son of Kong'; she's also in the Randolph Scott version of 'She'.

Unfortunately, scheduling problems wouldn't allow me to draw the book. I would have enjoyed it very much."

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A Letter To A Fan

Helen wrote this letter to a fan in June 1970. She has some interesting comments to make, especially about her favorite leading man and her fondest memory of working in Hollywood. Notice that she signed the letter "H Mc A", short for Helen McAvity.

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 The person whom Helen was responding to in the letter above has been located. His story is very interesting.  To read his story, click here.

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Play It Again, Helen

Years after Helen wrote "Everybody Has To Be Somebody", it is still being performed. Recently this play was performed in San Antonio, Texas. Click on the icon below to read about it. 

                                                   Everybody Has To Be Somebody 

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Helen has a star on Hollywood Blvd!

Helen has her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 6310 Hollywood Boulevard, for the category of Motion Picture.  She received her star on February 8th, 1960 along with 1,558 other stars (which was when the Hollywood Walk of Fame was inaugurated). 


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This picture  was taken on the NE corner of Hollywood and Vine. You are looking at the corner near where Helen's star is located.

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This is a pic of Helen's Star, which was dedicated (or placed) there in 1960, along with 1500 or so others.

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This pic looks east, on the south side of Hollywood Blvd. Helen's star is in the foreground.

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This pic looks west, on the south side of Hollywood Blvd.

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This is next to Helen's star, looking east, to the NE corner of Hollywood and Vine. Just down the street you can see a sign for the Pantages theater. Helen was employed at the El Capitan Theatre, which was located close by on Hollywood Blvd, in January 1937.

What's also interesting to note, is that directly north of the big building on the NE corner of Hollywood and Vine (that you can see in this pic) was the site of the shooting location for the first film ever filmed in Hollywood, in 1910. Hollywood and Vine (that intersection) and surrounding area was the "mecca" of Hollywood from the 1920's until the 1940's, or so. The Pantages held the first Academy Awards from 1927 until the early '50's, I believe. I find it ironic that even though Helen left film at such an early age to pursue other career interests, her star is right downtown Hollywood where it all started. Kind of fitting, I think.
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Paper Doll

The following picture was scanned from the St. Louis Post- Dispatch, dated May 26, 1935.

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This "Movie Dressograph" has this caption about Helen:

 This week's star is Helen Mack. The three sets of costumes shown here were worn by her in these roles in the following movies:

Susan Ann in "Captain Hurricane"; Helen in "Four Hours to Kill", and June Cort in "College Rhythm."

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"Look" Magazine Featurette (August 26, 1941)



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Helen's Last Residence

Helen lived in Beverly Hills at the time of her death. She lived with the famous author/screenplay writer Aleen Leslie. The house belongs to Aleen, and has had a very interesting history. A fellow researcher (Bob Siler) graciously sent me the following information and pictures of this house.

The mansion was built in 1926 by William Randolph Hearst for himself and his actress / lover Marion Davies. It was their Los Angeles home. Since he was already married, the house was put in Marion's mother's name, who also lived in it. In 1926 actress Eleanor Boardman and director King Vidor were married here. It was suppose to be a double wedding, with actor John Gilbert and actress Greta Garbo also getting married. Garbo was a no show, leaving Gilbert alone. Only one couple was married that day. This was Marion's first Hollywood home. In later years, Columbia Studios president Harry Cohn lived here. The first photo is a postcard from the early 1930s and the second one was taken in 2000.


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