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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 14 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Frl„ Mar. 8, 1874 »i ■- fjiMRp i    ^ ww    - jmm Jean Believes Strongly in Becoming Totally Involved By William Glover NEW YORK (AP) — “I don’t really plan” — Jean Simmons was explaining her new career transition — “but I do have to function.” V i a circumstances she termed “very weird,” the screen veteran is making her debut in musical comedy. “When I got here f°r rehearsals I was a basket case,” her confession runs, “hut they’ve been breaking me in very carefully.” Performing before live audiences on a year-long national tour couldn’t be worse, could it, than such traumatic film escapades as swimming in shark-rich Fiji seas, surviving a ride on a hostile camel or getting an evangelic scorch? “I don’t know — we’ll find out,” Miss Simmons says of her key billing in the road incarnation of “A Little Night Music”, a Broadway prize winner. Margaret Hamilton and George Lee Andrews have other leading roles. The tour opened in Philadelphia. Theater Refuge The diminutive actress, described in ornate publicity as “a film star in the best sense of the phrase,” is the latest in the parade of Hollywood leading ladies no longer in con- _—_J Greer Garcons Home Burglarized DALLAS (AP) — Movie star Greer Carson and Mrs. L. Storey Stemmons lost jewelry and silver and gold pieces worth more than $100,000 when their homes were burglarized last week, police reported. Mrs. Stemmons, wife of a real estate developer and financier, reported the loss of ll pieces of diamond jewelry including a 78-carat ring. Miss Carson, the wife of odin an-cattlem an E. E. “Buddy” F o g e I s o n , reported similar losses including silver and gold pieces. The Fogelsons occupy a penthouse atop the fashionable Tur-| tie Creek apartment house in which the Stemmonses also reside. mm Stun tppvarinQmmm. Janice & Jennifer Refreshing, Exciting stunt easting demand to seek refuge in the theater. “I never had time to find out what I’d be like on stage.” says Miss Simmons, who just turned 45. “There aren’t too many good scripts for films now, though. “I didn't work for about three years and my husband, who is very smart, realized something was wrong. He suggested I take some lessons.” Spouse Richard Brooks is a director with whom Miss Simmons made several films. T racy, her 17-year-old daughter by previous marriage to Stewart Granger, went off recently to school in England. Still at home is Kate, 12, an avid writer and potential Olga Korbut on the parallel bars. “She must get that,” the mother believes, “from my father who was a gymnastic teacher.” W i t Ii maternal demands somewhat abated. Miss Simmons started dramatic classes with David Craig a year ago. “It's very difficult to explain what he does — he gets actors ready for auditions. He gives one confidence, because I’m not stage-oriented. My training is with the camera and absolute silence.’’ Another student told her about voice teacher George Griffin. “I didn’t know about it, but Griffin wrote a letter later to Hal Prince that he thought I could do a stage show.” The producer invited her to come from her Los Angeles home for a few sessions with him and Stephen Sondheim, composer of “A Little Night Music”. “They asked me if I d like to do the show and I said, ‘Yes, please’.” She makes it all seem so simple. Singing Voice Miss Simmons has difficulty describing her singing voice — “I went in with a soprano when I started and he stretched it at both ends. The French Quarter lower level of Chorlie’s Pizzeria with seporote rear entrance 2739 6th St. SW ttiiinhlf ort . . 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He just says, ‘Keep going, keep going, just think of the character, don’t think about sound ing pretty in any song’.” When she was IR, a recent recruit to films from dancing school. Jean chirped a tune on screen, and was called upon to warble in ‘Guys and Dolls” Twenty-nine years later, after the audition with Prince, she took part in a Hollywood Bowl Concert, recovering from a sudden moment of blackout fright to complete a solo followed by a comic duet with Roddy McDowall. “I don’t listen to tapes of my voice — and I could never look at film rushes either,” she asserts. “That sort of thing is very destructive for me. I can’t look at a picture until IO years later.” Autumnal Actress In her current portrayal, she is determined “to do what Hal wants.” She plays an autumnal actress trying to rekindle romance with her springtime love who married another. Despite a fragile appearance and a conversational delivery that rarely rises above a whisper. 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