Quotation by Eleanor Robson Belmont

An actor must communicate his author's given message—comedy, tragedy, serio- comedy; then comes his unique moment, as he is confronted by the looked-for, yet at times unexpected, reaction of the audience. This split second is his; he is in command of his medium; the effect vanishes into thin air; but that moment has a power all its own and, like power in any form, is stimulating and alluring.
Eleanor Robson Belmont (1878–1979), U.S. stage actress and socialite. The Fabric of Memory, part 1, ch. 2 (1957).

Belmont was a stage actress in her youth, under her maiden name.
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