Marion Talley wants to milk the cows, so she is leaving the brilliant glitter of the Diamond Horse shoe-forever. According to her story, Miss Talley was suddenly inspired to snub a new contract from the Metropolitan. She is a fatalist and destiny calls her to the soil where she once spent three months of her childhood.
Back on the farm the former grand opera star will never sing again even for her own pleasure or to call the cows home to be milked as the evening sun goes down behind the Kansas hills. Perhaps the twenty-two year old prima donna never enjoyed singing anyhow. It may well have been the lure of the splendor of grand opera costumes that brought the soprano to New York in 1926 at the head of an army of enthusiastic supporters. Suspicions of this nature are strengthened when one recalls that in the statement to the press there is no promise not to appear before the hungry chickens in the garb of Juliet.
People say Miss Talley acquired some half million dollars from her brief career. That may not be so good as Gene Tunney did, but at least it looks as though she knew what she wanted even if the business men of Kansas who put the cash up for her start in art did not. And now the mid-western ingenue has an opportunity to show her gratitude to a nation of music-lovers by helping to solve the country's agricultural problem. Meanwhile, explaining to magazine fans why she did not choose to sing may be a profitable side-line.