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Frederica wrote:On 3/9/1919 Variety reported that Allan Dwan had just finished directing Getting Mary Married for Select, Marion starring. On April 11, 1919, Variety reported that Allan Dwan was filming The Dark Star, Marion starring. In between those two dates, on 3/21/1919, Variety reports that Marion is ill with influenza, but she returned to work on 3/28/1919. Given this timeline, if we assume that Pat Lake was born in June of 1919, Marion must have been the size of a barn while filming The Dark Star and Allan Dwan (whom Kevin Brownlow interviewed extensively for Hollywood) was holding out on us. If we decide that Marion didn't have influenza in the middle of an influenza epidemic but really gave birth to Pat Lake during that 3/21 - 3/28 period, then ditto on the barn thing during the filming of Getting Mary Married. And again, Allan Dwan was holding out on us.
It could be aruged, as to Marion's flu...
That stars, especially in the old days, admitted to an illness, real or fabricated, only
1. When they needed sympathy or 2. When they were suffering from a sickness, or problem, that would be perceived as being worse than the illness they'd been reported having