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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cfdar Kaplds Gazelle: Wed., Nov. 27, 1971 Michael Douglas Ouf from Under Father Kirk's Shadow By Penny P. Anderson New York Times special Featuro "I love the magic of movie- making and of smiled a relaxed Michael Douglas. He was stretched out in the easy chair in his dressing room between scenes of his "Streets of San Francisco" scries. "I can understand why many actors get a little crazy doing a TV series. It's true you can get locked in. But I'm really lucky. For one thing, I have Karl Maiden as a co-star and believe me, I've learned a lot from that guy. He's sure a pro. But we also have terrific scripts and production values. And, we have San Francisco." Outside a steady rain blanketed the city en- shrouding it in the mist that has been its trademark over the years. The sandy-haired son of movie star Kirk Douglas has come into his own over the three seasons of "Streets of San He's lost his stilted mannerisms and his awkwardness in front of the camera and has settled into an Theater Time For Wednesday COMMUNITY THEATER "My Three Angels" WORLD "The Mad Ad- ventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob" shorts Thursday matinee "Even Angels Eat Beans shorts 5. TIMES "The Trial of Bil- ly Jack" EASTOWN 1 "The Klans- man" Thursday matinee EASTOWN 2 "Law and Disorder" Thurs- day matinee MARION Features at 11, 3, 7, COLLINS "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" "The Legend of Hell House" "The Last American Hero" 11. appealing and amiable char- acter. He has also developed a sense of security not only about his acting, but about his place in the world of show business. And, he's also final- ly outgrown the inevitable tag, "Kirk Douglas' son." Gained Own Identity It was a tag the young Douglas had fought hard to escape during the initial days of As the show has climbed steadily in the ratings making it ABC's number one so far this year he has .definitely gained his own identity. And his own star on the door. But he does not trust that star. That is why he will test his wings at producing movies early next year. Along with Fantasy Records executive Saul Zaentz, Douglas will co- produce the film rendition of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's the play in which the senior Douglas starred a dec- ade ago. "My dad owned the rights to the play, but I've always loved it. A couple of years ago he wanted to sell it so I decid- ed to buy it and make it my- self." The junior Douglas has locked in super-star Jack Nicholson as the lead, and the company will film on location at a Salem, Ore., mental hospital. Douglas' sojourn into' producing is only adjunct to his acting, he said. "Be Independent" "With the way our business goes these days, you have to be as independent as possible. You have to have as much going for you as you can ar- range. That means you learn from any opportunity that conies your way, learn about producing, directing all phases of the business. That's one of the good things about being on a series. You do get involved in all areas. "Let's face it, the actor is the last number in the line-up. He's the last to be hired. And as an actor, you have very lit- tle control over anything. It's different from the way most people live their lives, that's for sure." Douglas admitted that as the son of a star, he had a dcf- HELD 3RD BIG WEEK. "IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN A PORNO MOVIE BE- FORE, OR IF YOU HAVE ONLY ONE EROTIC MOVIE TO CATCH THIS YEAR THIS IS THE Goldstein RATED XXXXXX (AUTHORESS OF TOE IJMOT IIOOKCH) SHOWS AT LATE SHOW FRI.-SAT. AT SCENBC ATOICA COUNTY Pop. Cross burnings. Rape. Arson.Murder. It's a great place to live ...iffflKYIetyou. MITCHELL LOLA FALANA GARTH. STARTS TODAY! OPEN SHOWS inlte advantage In adjusting to the fickle nuances of being an actor. Born in Brunswick, N. J., and educated in private schools on the East and West Coasts, he studied writing, acting and directing but had little professional experience before There had been minor roles in the films "Hail and "Adam At Six His first starring role was in a little-heralded movie, Plan Marriage It was during the 1969 pro- duction of that film that Douglas met Brenda Vacarro, the actress who now spends most of her time at his side. The two share a charming Victorian manor in one of San Francisco's more quaint neighborhoods. They plan to marry in the near future. "We've both come to love this Douglas explained. "But it was hard on us at first. Brenda was usually working in L. A. and the sepa- rations were difficult. She hasn't been working much lately so she's been here with me. We've both fallen in love with the area." They still maintain a hill- side home in Southern Cali- fornia to which they'll return shortly when "Streets" wraps production for the season. While there are definite dis- advantages to working on location away from homo most of the year, Douglas pointed out there arc also some defi- nite advantages, as well. "For one thing, you can breathe here. When I think about the hot, smoggy days in the San Fernando Valley sound stages, I cringe. Up here, I feel like taking walks, like being out and involved with the com- munity." From the way it looks now, he'll have plenty of opportuni- ty in coming seasons to min- gle with that Northern Cali- fornia community as "Streets" continues to roll there. When it is canceled whenever that is he is aware he'll have to return to the smoggy tepid atmosphere of Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. But he is prepared. "The one thing you quickly learn in this business is to adapt. And to be versatile." Radio Host John B. Gambling Dies VMM HEACII. Flu. (AP) aillnj! announcer on a morning John 13. Gambling, 77. in originator of the curly-morn- ing radio talk show, died last week. -Ills broadcasting career began when ho filled In for an physical fitness show. Ho did. so well ho went on to chalk up four decades of banter, music and newscasts. Michael Douglas NOW thru SUN. COLLINS ROAD Miff OK PCtivr OMN 7iOO SHOW 7i30 PETER FONDA mm GEORGE I o o NO. 2 o o I o NO. "LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE" COLOR AMERICAN HERO" COLOR PG Starring DELORE PG Sound track alburn available on ABC records Nearly people (Equal to the combined popuSatson of the cities of Cleveland, Baltimore, Atlanta, Worth San Francisco) saw During its opening week alone! record for the opening week the all-time box office of any motion picture. BIGGER, BETTER, MORE COURAGEOUS THAN "BILLY JACK" THE ONLY AUTHENTIC SEQUEL TO "BILLY JACK." HELD OVER! 3wd SMASH WEEK! WATERLOO Cross Roads I DUBUOUE Grand MARSHALLTOWN   

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