“…though she did not consider herself a beauty, Penhryn Stanlaws, the artist (and later film director), considered Madge to be the most beautiful young girl he had ever seen.
‘If I am beautiful,’ she said, ‘it was just due to the fact that I thought myself into being beautiful.’
This engrossment with beauty did not sit too well with directors who hoped for more human behavior before the cameras. And that is how she won the reputation of being hard to handle.
‘You were the hardest dame to handle in all Hollywood,’ Harry Carr told her. ‘Either you were crying or the director was crying most of the time’ (Screen Secrets, May 1929, p. 99).
‘It was a matter of upbringing,’ Madge explained. ‘It is very hard for a girl brought up in the South, as I had been, to be so ordered, to be told to stand up while they looked her over like a horse.’
She admitted, too, that she found it hard to let herself go. She was always self-conscious. Yet she screened, as Tom Ince put it, ‘like a million dollars.’”