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Eleanor Woodruff discovers the perils of motion picture acting, 1913

April 6, 2014

Eleanor Woodruff (1891-1980), American stage and screen actress
(photo: unknown, USA, probably 1916)

‘BEING RUN OVER BY AN AUTO FOR A MOVIE FILM IS THRILLING – BUT IT HURTS
‘If you could see Eleanor Woodruff’s black and blue spinal column you’d know it!
‘But of course, nobody does see the young lady’s aforesaid column except the doctor and nurse.
‘She cannot even see it herself.
‘However, she is quite sufficiently aware that moving picture actresses do not have to invent imaginary calamities to get their names in the papers.
‘Miss Woodruff was in The Five Frankfurters [39th Street Theatre, New York, 3 March 1913] last season. This summer she is working for Pathe Freres.
‘In a picture play [? The Depth of Hate], being rehearsed a few days ago, she had to throw herself in front of an automobile, driven by Jack Standing, who was to stop it just as it reached her.
‘They tried it once and it worked splendidly. Next time the brakes failed and – well, Standing just ran over Miss Woodruff, that was all.
‘After the auto had been removed from her anatomy, she was loaded into it and taken home.’
(The Day Book, Chicago, Wednesday, 27 August 1913, pp. 9 and 10)

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