French critic was correct. For despite his fascination for women his
life has been singularly free of romances. He is not the "professional
charmer" in private life. He has no tricks. If he leaves women
stunned and astonished, he also leaves them -- alone! He is superbly
modest. He is simple, gracious and kind. He is intelligent, even intellectual.
But he does not kiss your hand or ogle.
with her cherished dream receding forever, bade it farewell without
a backward glance. She gave her son his "life" again as
she had given it to him once before."My
mother then returned to Figeac for a time," Charles
told me. "I entered the Conservatoire de Drame in Paris. I was
refused once -- accepted the second time. Pierre was there with me.
At the end of my first year, I won the second prize. During my second
year the play, 'Les Jardins de Murci,' was revived. M. Gemier
was directing. It was not according to the rules of the Conservatoire
for a student to take part in a professional production. But now and
again such a thing was overlooked. Here was where my inherited gift
of memory served me well. For at the last moment the leading man of
'Les Jardins' fell ill. No one was available to M.Gemier to take his
place. No one who could learn the script by the following night. But
I could learn it, I said. And did. And that was my first appearance,
professionally. I appeared, perforce, under another name. At the close
of our second year at the Conservatoire, Pierre and I tendered our
resignations and made our debut together in 'La Dolores.'
"I was what you might call 'on my way.' I felt that luck
was mine. I felt that I belonged only to the theatre and that love
was unnecessary. I was to live without love and then to find myself
the victim, so willing, of love at first sight.
young Charles Boyer had felt from infancy that he belonged to the
theatre, so the theatre felt that it belonged to him. And opened
wide its arms. One success led to another. The plays he did following
his debut in "La Dolores" would make a laborious listing.