The Heart of an Actress (1913) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Alice Stewart and her parents are in destitute circumstances. Their plight comes to the attention of Jane Thompson, the daughter of a wealthy manufacturer and she renders timely aid, thus gaining the eternal gratitude of Alice. Alice secures a minor role with a theatrical company and after a patient struggle she becomes a popular favorite. Thomas Morton, the sweetheart of Jane, attends a performance and is captivated by the beautiful actress. He obtains an introduction and a warm friendship is established. Soon Tom and Alice find they are deeply in love and Jane is forgotten. Jane cannot understand Tom's Indifference and seeks an explanation from his father. The elder Morton is infuriated when he reads a press agent's article that his son is to marry the actress. He takes Jane to Alice's hotel and a mutual recognition takes place between the girls. Alice declares that she will restore Tom to the girl who befriended her. After the performance that night Alice gives a supper on the stage for the members of her company, which is attended by Mr. Morton and Jane. Tom arrives and is horrified to discover that Alice is the leading spirit of a gay wine party. He can scarcely restrain himself when Alice accepts a check from Morton and laughingly announces that she has been paid to give up the young millionaire. Alice, overcome with emotion, retires to her dressing room and Tom, rushing in to denounce her, learns that the supposed check is blank and that the wine glass of the hostess is untouched. Jane, appreciating the sacrifice which the actress has made, leads Tom's father from the scene and love claims its own.


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