Keeping fit is a state of mind, Marion Davies says. And a recipe for it is apt to be followed with so much exertion that her advice is not to take it too seriously.
"It is impossible to be mentally and physically fit all the time" she said. "Enthusiasm for anything waxes and wanes like the moon. I try to take systematic exercises every morning and every night. But there are days at a time when I cannot stir up enough ambition to go through the 'daily dozen.' So let the tide go out for I know that it will come back a little later 100 percent stronger."
"Right here is a point I should like to stress against the physical culturists. The trouble with them, is that they fight against the natural ebb and flow. They believe that one should be disciplined through a routine under all circumstances. But I think it is much more effective, at times, to follow the line of least resistance and to wait for the tide to come in again."
Marion Davies, the former Follies beauty, is an ethereal-looking young woman. Golden haired and blue-eyed with a subdued expression, hers is a serene type of loveliness.
"Rest is vitally necessary to the body," she continued "and on the same principle, the mind deserves the rest too. Although most of us do little or no erudite thinking. There is mental energy expended in every human contact. Even the light chatter at social affairs sometimes puts a certain strain on the energy. For several years, I have made it a practice to take a complete rest as often as I can. I am naturally a social being. I love parties and dinners. But when I find myself growing stale, or when I look forward to something with a tinge of boredom, I know it's time for me to stop. So I cancel all engagements, refuse to make new ones, and relax completely. I follow this rule whether I am on pictures or between productions."
Marion Davies said that the best way to keep fit is to be guided by one's own inclinations.
"When I feel up to the mark, I exercise, I meet people and I plan my days with enthusiasm. But when the tide of the energy is low - and one cannot expect it to be at its height always - I rest and relax until I feel ambitious again. I strongly believe in relaxation. Those of us who work on the screen, live highly nervous lives. There is such a strain during picture taking. There are a thousand mental doubts and the noise and confusion to contend with. So I made up my mind, that if a piece of work is important enough to do, and to do well, it is equally imperative to stop when you cannot continue at your best."
"I drop my work in the middle of everything when I find that I am fatigued. And during every change of scene I go into my dressing room and sit quietly with my eyes shut. Even if only for 5 minutes. Perhaps this is too simple a theory to be accepted in an ambitious world," she said in conclusion "some people believe that not a minute's time should be lost. To them I say follow out your own doctrines. In my case it works.
Interview with Marion Davies for the Ottawa Citizen, 1927