It might be fitting here to mention the fact at no time, throughout the five years I have been using dope, have I ever had any real difficulty in obtaining it – that is, as long as I had the money to pay for it.
Once a person gets the reputation of being « a dope friend », it is that way. No matter what city or village you may go, in whatever section of the land. your reputation either travels ahead of you, or else arrives almost simultaneously.
Up until this time the habit had never interferred with my work. Despite my suffering, physically, because of the craving for dope, and mentally, because of Rie’s apparent indifference, I managed to successfully complete « Show Boat », the last picture in which I starred.
My Life Story, Chapter XXVI / Alma Rubens
Rochester Evening Journal, Mar 4, 1931
Blanche Sweet was born in Chicago and received her education at Berkeley College in California. She began her stage career at an early age, appearing with Chauncey Olcott and other stars. Deserting the stage for the screen she found fame at once, her first appearance being in « Judith of Bethula. » [sic] Since then Miss Sweet has added to her popularity in the great number of productions in which she has appeared. The singularly appealing personality of Blanche Sweet has endeared her to lovers of the best in motion pictures and her delightful impersonations in the past give promise of greater things for the future. Miss Sweet was D. W. Griffith’s first star. She is now starred by Pathe in a series of productions. She has golden hair and blue eyes.
Who’s Who on the Screen (New York: Ross Publishing Co., 1920.)
Blanche Sweet was to remain with Griffith and American Biograph for five years, replacing Mary Pickford and, in turn, being replaced by Lilian Gish. The style and appearance of the three actresses is so diverse that it is impossible to compare one to the the other. Blanche is still a teenager with « puppy fat », unlike the ethereal Gish, and lacks the obvious personality of Mary Pickford. She is a more natural actress than either of the two.
(Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses, Anthony Slide, University Press of Kentucky, 2002.)
D・W・グリフィス監督初期作品の一つながら現在DVDで発売されているグリフィス短編集（キノ・インターナショナル社の『バイオグラフ短編集（Griffith Masterworks: Biograph Shorts）』、映画保存協会の『発見の日々（Griffith: Years of Discovery 1908-1914）』、グレープヴァイン社の『監督グリフィス（D.W. Griffith: Director）』シリーズ）いずれにも収められていない作品。