WHILE Maude was in Pinehurst a chance visit, when she was shown the workings of a motion-picture machine, roused her interest and led her to the General Electric laboratories in Schenectady. As she has said, stage lighting had always fascinated her, and long experience, research, and a natural flair -- a mechanical bent, and a sense of color -- had led to novel and helpful results in the staging of her plays. She had never thought to apply her knowledge to motion pictures, which had not in their early efforts greatly interested her.
What she recalled vividly from her very young days when playing in a small military post in the far northwest was that the footlights were kerosene lamps. Some fifteen or twenty years later she writes of her "intense interest in lamps." And Lionel Barrymore in his book, We Barrymores, telling of his preparations for Peter Ibbetson says: " Florenz Ziegfeld loaned the special lighting stands to set up the strange effect, and Maude Adams incredibly came forward to supervise the lights."
She was rehearsing nearby, and it would have been more incredible if she could have kept her hands off them.
Her interest in lamps spread to the entire Minister company, because of the effect on their make-up.
"After the matinée," she writes, "was the great time. The stage would be set for the evening performance. The theatre would be deserted except for those intent on lights. Something had to be found to take the place of the arcs, with their fondness for going out. It was conceded that the incandescents