Theatre: Ill Eagels

Hailed before the Equity Council to explain why she had deserted the road company of Her Cardboard Lover, why she had lounged in Milwaukee and then returned to Manhattan while her show went westward without her, Actress Jeanne Eagels languidly stated her defense. She had been ill, she said, and had not been able to appear. The producers, Gilbert Miller and Albert Herman Woods, should have hired an understudy.

Actress Eagels is famed for her outbursts of temperament as well as for her brilliant acting. Once, playing on Broadway, she walked off the stage in the middle of a scene because she...