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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                10 The Cedar Kjpids Gazelle: Moil., Feb. IS. Other Sex Symbols Weren't So Lucky By Vernon Scott HOLLYWOOD (LTD The country's premier glamour girl is Raquel Welch and she will be on display at her dazzling, sex- iest best next month in her .sec- ond television special. But the girl behind the beauti- f u 1 face and breath-taking being a well-rounded perform- er and human being. Other sex symbols in the past ha- ven't been so lucky. "Not (hat I've managed to convince everybody either. There are still lots of sneers about pretty girls not being very bright. "But I'm surviving it. A few curves hopes to prove she's years ago I would have been more than just another sensuous body. "I promised myself 1 would limited to playing glamour girls. But some of my films have been more serious. I'm not intimidated on the set any- more. "I consider myself a good actress. I have contributions to make. 1 still listen, but I use my own judgment, too." Career Highlights There won't be any serious never do another special after the first the brunette charmer said during lunch the other day. "But my first night club act "in Las Vegas last year convinced me I could do some things as an entertainer that I hadn't done before. "1 could play Vegas three or moments on Raquel" four times a year, but I'd rather but there will be highlights of have more people see me all at her film career, including once on television." Raqnel has been studying singing and dancing for years, but movie makers aren't pro- ducing musicals anymore. The only place left for a girl to dem- onstrate those talents is on the tube or in a club. Poked Fun "In my Las Vegas act poked fun at myself and this business of being a sex Raquel said. "And I've adopted that as part of the television show. If I don't take the glamour girl image seriously maybe other people will stop thinking of me in that light. "I've made 24 pictures since 1966 and I'm finally getting away from playing roles in which I'm only part of the scenery. "Fortunately, this modern environment allows me to kid myself and to. work toward "One Million B.C." and an eye-opening costume from "Myra The long-legged beauty might not have been comfort- able making fun of the sex kit- fen Raquel Welch a couple of years ago. That's the only person she thought existed under that delicious epider- mis. "For years I didn't know how lo handle that sex she said. "I tried to live up to it professionally and it didn't work. And personally I saw people react with great disappointment because 1 didn't come on stronger you know, with a whip in each hand or something. "But Dial's no longer a problem for me. If people are troubled because I'm not as sexy as they think I should be, that's their problem. Not mine." Kscapc Disasters Chances are Raquel will es- cape the disasters suffered by sex queejis of the past: Mari- lyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and a series of living drunks and drug cases who once posed in lingerie and bikinis. "I've walked away from my career for a time to set my Raquel explained. "My children are the big dif- ference. The two of them are the most important thing in my life. "Some glamour girls are afraid children ruin their image or figure or take too much time from their careers. Well, I love the obligations of motherhood. "They also are a reminder to me that if I go down the drain, I'd be taking other peo- ple with me. That's a big con- sideration in the way you live your life. And I'm living my life as much for them as I am myself." "In my Las Vegas act, 1 poked fun at myself and this business of being a sex Raquel Welch said. "And I've adopted that as a part of my television special, 'Really Raquel'." 'Rabbi Jacob' Beats 'Last Tango' Record PARIS (UPI) "The Ad: ventures of Rabbi Jacob" has replaced "Last Tango in Paris" as the alltime top box office moneymaker in France. The harum-scarum comedy about Arabs and Jews has brought in more than million in the 14 weeks it has been on the screen, the newspaper France-Soir.said. That beat the million that "Last Tango" brought in during 45 weeks, France-Soir said. Mills Loses Six-Year Tax Baffle LONDON (AP) Actress Hayley Mills has lost a six- year battle over taxes on her earnings as a child star with the late American moviemaker Walt Disney. Five judges silting in the House of Lords ruled this week that the 27-year-old actress must pay back a total of ?248, 600 in income taxes. Miss Mills, now married to British movie director Roy Boulton, also faces a legal bill of By Nnriiiit HOLLYWOOD Bock Hudson is out of the hospital and back home after having a calcium deposit removed from us foot He has been (old to slay of! his feet for a while but (lie doctors have assured him that he'll be as good ft when he's due to start rehearsals for "I Do! Oo! with C...ol Burnett Cower Champion, who directed them when they played Hollywood's Hunlinglon Hartford Theater will also direct this road version which will play in Dallas. Washington, 0 0., and St. Ixniis. Kvcryonc in Hollywood agrees that the pro-Oscar parties thrown by Bailey K. Howard and Marshall Field at the Bistro were often more fun than Hie Awards themselves. And last year's was the best yet, with wall-to-wall celebrities filling every available inch of space. So it's a great disappointment to hear that the parly is off this year because the guest list has grown but the Bistro hasn't, and the Messieurs Howard and Field wouldn't dream of having their party anywhere else. Bobby Short, the darling of New York cafe society (he's been packing the Cafe Carlylc in Manhattan for eight is coming to the Shubert here for one night only, Monday, and the theater is already all but sold out. Greg Morris, who has worked on every, top TV series since liis "Mission: Impossible" was canceled, is off to Monte Carlo lo be one of the jurors at the annual TV festival. And we wonder if the producers of the TV series "Chase" know that Craig Gardner, their newest regular, is also a terrif- ic singer and dancer who used to be part of Connie Stevens' act? Joel Grey is playing to standing-room-only and breaking his own records at the Fairmont Hotel Venetian Room in San Francisco. Theater Time for Monday PARAMOUNT "Don't Loo in the Basement" 7, 'The Last House on the Left" IOWA "Serpico" WORLD "Sting" Cross-Country Theater Not Blandly Mediocre By William Glover PROVIDENCE, R. I. (AP) Theater fare more and more depends on where you are. Revising Shakespeare slightly, the place is now the thing. As professional regional troupes settle down from the greening years, the individual tastes and styles of artistic directors shape increasingly distinctive drama patterns. An interesting by-product of the trend is that audiences in different places are getting used to, and showing a taste for, the local brand of cultural nourishment. Adrian Hall, head of this city's noted Trinity Square1 com- pany, describes response to a policy of thespic flamboyance with: "Shock isn't part of it we've given them experiences so many times they're used to it and come wondering what we'll do next." For convenient contrast in creative fashion, just 90 miles down the turnpike at New Haven, Conn., the Long Wharf The- ater thrives with Arvin Brown's policy of fastidious discovery. Aimee and Creena, heroines of recent productions at the two centers, point up a representative difference in outlook. To help celebrate Trinity's 10th season and its acquisition of a ?1.5-million permanent home, Hall got William Goyen to work for the company's 14th "world premiere" on a musical about Aimee Semple flashy evangelist of the roaring 20s. Baptist Beginnings Goyen and Worth Gardner already had done some songs about her career that hit Hall "as reminiscent of my Baptist beginnings." Aimee's husband also happened to come from Providence, adding a suitable local angle. "Then we considered the best way to do says the direc- tor, who "honestly never thinks of a ning what a show will look like. "She travelled all over the country all the he adds, and that just naturally led to a concept of mapping the action around the audience, a frequent Providence mode. The "Aimee" that ensued lived up to box-office expectations. "A Man for All Seasons" followed on the main auditorium agenda, and again a "total theater" design was worked out requiring relocation of hundreds of seats and a cushion-strewn ,pit for some spectators, smack in the middle of the Renais- sance drama. "That grew out of looking at old the director explains. "We wanted to create the crowded feel of a 16th cen- tury theater." Radical Identity Unwanted Too much eccentricity could be a handicap "I says Hall, "we don't just have a radical identity. That's sim- ply not what we are into." Below the main theater, Trinity tandems a display in a thrust-stage hall with 300 permanently screwed-down seats. If the facilities necessitate more orthodox presentation, the play choices continue to be often original, slightly offbeat themes such as Oliver Hailey's "For the Use of the a comedy about a rich clan suddenly on its upper. It was followed with Sam Shepard's avant garde "The Tooth of the Now for Creena, the teen-age heroine of "A Pagan Place" at the Long Wharf. Her story typifies what has been a charac- teristic part of artistic policy at the nine-year-old organization. The memory drama was written by Edna O'Brien, a rebellious daughter of Ireland now resident in England. It is filled with tender sensitivity and introspective vulnerability. Such emotional subtlety is the sort of fare the company's audience has come to expect. Just a few of the current produc- tion's distinguished predecessors have been long-neglected works by Maxim Gorky and D. H. Lawrence, plus the Ameri- can premieres of quiet parables by David Storey. One of the latter, "The Changing went on to win Broadway prizes with the original New Haven cast. In their reach for individuality, Brown and Hall are just two of a growing number of regional theatrical activists. And it is quite in line with anti-rut dynamism that all envision stimulat- ing interchanges of work. Not all resident companies have abandoned the conformity and security of just doing tried and true scripts over and over. There seems, however, to be enough variety rampant to prevent cross-country theater from subsiding, as some Cas- sandras have feared, into bland, homogenized mediocrity. UNWITTIHGLY, HE TRAINED A DOLPHIN TO KILL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. proscenium" when plan- Tuesday Night 1C Lounge 1075 6th Ave. Tuesday Club Steak Dinner Dance music and entertainment GEORGE a MIKE NICHOLS JOHNWIVNE Pubst Blue Ribbon 6 pk 1.29 FREE IKS The Emergency Room Bar-B-Q Ribs Fri. Sat. PHONE 848-4145 TAKES OFF LIKE A BLAZING FOREST FIRE, WITH A THRILL A MINUTEI" Read. 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