Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 1, 1974, Page 30

Cedar Rapids Gazette

November 01, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Spent Years in Analysis Thf Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., Nev. I, 1174    15 Life Has Started Anew for Newley By Marilyn Bec k New York Timet Special feature “When someone writes a book about the subject, the author will wonder why two talented young men who worked together so well fur so long went their separate ways. It s difficult for people to understand I’m not the same Anthony Newley who wrote 'Stop the World’ Most people never realized that Leslie Bricusse was far more mature than I throughout our relationship." The "new" Anthony New ley, relaxed and at ease during a recent afternoon chat attempted to explain why he and Ijcslie Bricusse have dissolved their super-successful songwriting act — tins time for good. Together they created such hits as “The Roar of the Grease Paint”, and    "The Good Old Bad Old Days". But the* togetherness bec ame more and more strained,    until, "like a marriage of sorts, we just drifted apart " Relationships lie heavy on New ley’s mind these days. A new-found maturity has been responsible for more than his professional divorce    from Leslie* Bricusse, he* fc*els. It also was responsible for the dissolution of his marriage to actress .loan Collins in 1971 "Being married to .loan was like trying to hang onto the tail of a comet," he said, his ebony eyes growing earnest. Wrong for Each Other "Joan’s a marvelous woman — a fantastic lady — and I loved her madly. Still do, for that matter, but we couldn’t live together. I had to grow up to realize how wrong we were for one another. "Bricusse* and .loan would have been ideally suited to one another, they were so much alike.* They arc* the only people I know who aren’t happy unless they’re jet-bound, My God. how each of them love the exciting, exhilarating pace jOf rushing to cocktail parties and elegant suppers." He feels that the marriage Miss Collins undertook after their divorce has been marvelous for her, that Filmmaker Ron Kass makes “a perfect mate for .loan He lives the sort of life she loves, fits into U so well He’s charming and handsome — arid wears Juan on his arm like* a piece of beautiful jewelry " I stoking back on those* days when he and .loan tried to make a go of marriage, he said. "She* was a glamour machine, all glitter. And I can recall some of tin* many fancy parties she staged at our Hollywood home We had the* Sinatras to dinner We gave a gala reception when Nureyev came to town " He shrugged and grimaced. “It was all so bloody gay. Except that during most of the* parties I was in the* bedroom being sick I never knew why — until I came face to face with the fact that I was being led by .loan like a child who needed a leader " He* reached that same conclusion in his relationship with business partner Bricusse, deciding, “I was doing what .loan and I .es lie wanted me to do — and none of it was the real me." Analysis Helped Him Analysis helped him face the problem. He’s not sure it is yet resolved, he said, but knows that life is definitely better “I’m not saying I’m cured. you know One doesn’t get cun*d of the enzymes and what not that run around within you I'm still as sick as I was. but instead of hitting myself on the head with a hammer every day, I’ve learned to avoid picking up the hammer." Somberly he murmured. “For me. life really did begin at 441 As far as I’m concerned, life’s started all over I’m only two years old " Suddenly he shrugged aside the pose of maturity and donned the facade of the clown, pulling a canvas hat down over his eye* puckishlv The original childhood of the* man who was to grow up to find fame as a actor - director - producer • writer - composer - recording artist -nightclub entertainer - singer was anything but enviable — and much of his adult life has been spent attempting to repair parts of that imperfect past Sired illegitimately by a construction worker who he was not to m«M*t until two years ago, Newley's childhood was markisl by the evacuation during World war II of children from london, and by a formal education that ended at age 14 He began his acting career as a teenager, and by age 1H landed the role of the Artful Dodger in David Lean's screen classic “Oliver Twist”. By age 29 he had some 441 films to his credit and had become a major star on television. in the theater, and in the world of music. It was at that point of his life that he first teamed with Ix*slie Bricusse, to create “Stop the World. I Want To Get Off" — a musical that featured songs and book by both gentlemen, and direction and starring endeavors by Anthony Newley. Embarrassing Film Try I^ter, after a year on Broadway with the Brieusse-Newley creation, “The Roar of the Grease Paint, the Smell of the Crowd", he turniMl to Hollywood for starring stints in “Dr. Dolittle" and “Sweet November". And in 19fi9 he made embarrassing use of his creative talents with “Can Helronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppc and Find True Happiness?". One of the first cinema endeavors of that era to feature nudity, he wrote the screenplay and music for the self-indulgent surrealistic creation, served as its director (with wife .loan Collins as co-star) and exposed to the world that Anthony Newley seemed much more appealing when dressed. Shortly after "True Happing”, he was to undertake a series of dramatic changes in his search for real-life true happiness. In 1971 he and Juan Collins secured final divorce papers. The following year — after a lifelong search — he was to locate the man who had fathered him. That    same year hi* an nounced that he and former airline    hostess Dareth Rich were expecting a child — but had no plans to marry. Now, two years later, he still introduces    the petite, Sandy Duncan    look alike merely as, "My lady." She has their 1B-month-old daughter, Shelby. He made it clear that he considers his two children by Joan Collins, “The only worthwhile remnants of that marriage Those beautiful little ones, who somehow managed to survive the ordeal. They and a closet full of photo albums filled with famous faces — are the only good part of those eight years I have left God. what a marvelous life we seemed to be having at the time. But, oh, what wasted years." Though he talked last year of retiring as soon as he paid off back taxes, he now insists that his new-found serenity extends into his professional life. “I have learned to look at my career in « rather Zen manner," he said. "I take one day at a time. The Zen philosophy, you mm», teaches that the past is useless and the future nonexistent. All my life had been a series of worries and frustrations over what would happen next. "Now? Now I just concentrate on enjoying the geminis of the moment. I would like to embark upon the creation of a new play, but don’t have the finances at the moment I’ve only enough cash to tide me over for about three months without working, but I'm confident that will work itself out There’s talk of another movie. If not that, something else will come along " Anthony has recently completed starring stints in the Reader’s Digest production of “Quilp", a film version of Dicken’s classic “The Old Curiosity "hop”. And coworkers on that movie confirm that the Newley of today is a dramatically different person than the tortured, trouble! man of the recent past RANCH SUPPER CLUB On Highway 218 Midway Batwaan Cader Rapids I Iowa City 857-2641 Mon.-Thur. 5-10 fri. 5-1 I Sot. 5-12 Every Friday 4 Saturday Happy Bright t Tony Plan Your Christmas Party Now IVERY Tuesday I Thursday MEXICAN $A95 FOOD L MWMMMMMMMWW EH. and Sat. The BEARDED CUN" GO-GO GIRLS Nightly and I -5 PM Saturday The New Melody Inn 329 12th St. S.W. 364-9688 NEWI LEONARD’S HIDEAWAY . . . 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