DELIGHTFUL DELIGHT EVANS
“Looking for Mabel”
There once was a delightful baby daughter born to Mr. & Mrs. Joe O. Evans on
Delight had a large circle of friends; in 1913 a letter from Christine Richens was sent to Delight. It was one of the first ‘Aero’ mail letters spent from Lock Haven, PA to Delight’s home in
She was determined to become involved in the movies from a very early age; the 13 year old, Delight entered the “Beauty and Brains” contest in November 1915 conducted by the Photo Play Magazine, in conjunction with the World Film Corporation. At the time she was a student in the
She was a lover of dramatics and it was her ambition to become part of the movies, which led her to enter the contest.
The Photo Play Magazine’s proposition was to send eleven young women to the studios at
According to “The Fort Wayne Daily News” from
The eleven contestants would be entered from all classes of people both the high and the low and the contestants were judged solely by their ability according to a communication received from the Photo Play Magazine.” At this point Delight was not able to make her mark in the movies.
By the age of 15, she was writing articles and sent one off to the editorial office in Chicago of Photoplay Magazine. Her story was purchased and she received her first check with a letter saying if she ever found herself in
“I am Delight Evans,” she said “I came as soon as I got your letter.” He may have thought it was a joke that she had written the article he had published but Douglas Fairbanks was stopping at the Blackstone Hotel in
The girl went. When she returned the publisher motioned for her to seat herself at his typewriter. He asked her mother to step outside, than told the girl to write her story. She surprised him and gave him a story he liked well enough to buy. A story that “Doug” said was the best interview ever written about him. And Delight Evans was offered a job then and there. She accepted, and in a few years made a name for herself as an entertaining writer on the movies.
Her first contribution to Photoplay Magazine was in the 1915 October issue. December 1917, Delight was in
One of the movie stars that Delight had the ‘delight’ of interviewing was you guessed it, Mabel Normand. In a full page article titled “A Few Impression” Delight wrote:
“Trying to get to see Mabel Normand, alone is like trying to interview the Sphinx, with a party of Cook’s Tourists around. Mabel was late, of course, interesting women are always late. But Mabel wasn’t only late; she mistook a minute for a rubber band, and stretched it into an hour. I stood there in the Ritz, watching the world go by, that part of the world that causes race suicide among fur-bearing animals, prosperity among jewelers and distress among husbands – their own and others people’s. Finally, Mabel came – a little girl, and the thing that strikes you most about her, is her childish, eager, pouting mouth – it gives her an “Alice-in-Wonderland” look that her eyes, a little deeper and browner and sadder than you’d expects contradict and she wore one of those S.R.O. dresses – you know: Standing Room Only.
“Listen, look” – she made me think of one of Booth Tarkington’s seventeen-year-old ladies. “There’re some people waiting to see me. I told ‘em I’d be here – we’d better go.” We rode through the park and even a traffic cop said “Hello” to her. She talked – “Happiness,” said Mabel, “is simply a state of mind. I’ve never lost my mind. When things go wrong with you – kid yourself.”
I think if someone dared her to play it, she’d “jazz” Juliet. I fell for Mabel. You would yourself.
It must have been a pretty wonderful summer for Delight’s parents to visit their little girl in
Screenland had the “Delight” of an editor in her early twenties by October of 1923. And it is an interesting fact that her first telegram of congratulation came from Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
The people of the celluloid world came to know her and value her friendship and advice. Mary Pickford referred to her as the “Delightful Delight Evans.” The Gish girls, Dorothy and Lillian became her warm friends. D. W.
Herbert Cooker in 1930 wrote “
Herbert Crooker died
“Not since Valentino have I seen an actor’s dressing room like Raft’s. Pretty women, one a blonde beauty well known to Broadway; a hovering secretary, solicitous friends – I believe Raft will be the greatest personality draw in motion picture if he is given the right stories, a male Garbo”!
Delight was always ambitious and by 1938; she had a national radio program “Food Secrets of the Movie Stars,” she was still editing Screenland but was on air every Thursday at She wrote the book.
1946 August 30; in a article found in The Evening Independent Hollywood written by Nat Dallinger about a picture of Greta Garbo grabbing the hem of her floor-length skirt and holding it over her face and running away, which got Garbo a lot of publicity. Delight Evans gave the story a full page and an editorial pointing out that only criminals hid their faces from a camera and that the boys who covered