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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Betty Hotton Hospitalized for 'Complete Emotional Breakdown' MARMADUKE By KcuKtk PROVIDENCE, R. I. (UPI) Betty Mutton, the "Blonde Bombshell" of stage and screen who surfaced as a cook In a church rectory last spring after squandering her person- al wealth, has been hospital- ized for a "complete emotion- al breakdown." The Rev. James Hamilton of St. Anthony's church in Portsmouth, said Miss Button, 53, was committed at Butler hospital, a psychiatric facility, by her psychiatrist. "She's been in since the beginning of the week. I guess they characterize it as complete emotional break- the priest said. A hospital spokeswoman said, "We don't have anyone by that name here and we don't divulge any information on our patients to the press anyway." Miss Button, leading lady of '40s and '50s movies and Broadway musicals, took over cooking at St. Anthony's recto- ry in February and converted to Catholicism. Fan Mail Father Peter MaGuire, the pastor, had met her at a time when "she was hurt deeply, had gone through over million, fame and fortune and everything as he de- scribed it at the time. Word of her activities at the small, rural church brought a heavy volume of mail from people who remembered her performances, Hamilton said. "She got to letters easily. When she would be feeling well she would try and answer them but the bulk remains untouched." When word of her arrival in Portsmouth got out last East- er, Miss Mutton was bubbling over with expressions of joy. "It's a miracle that I'm she said, adding it had been preceded by a time in Theater Time For Saturday WORLD "Chinatown" 2, 9. TIMES "The Trial of Bil- ly Jack" EASTOWN 1 "Phase IV" EASTOWN 2 "The Sling" MARION Features at 11, 3, 7, 11. TONITE! Sweet Dreams Dance Mor SWISHER which she "didn't want to live." She admitted that the transition was difficult. Wn'i Return "Some days I cry and say This just won't work, It won't work.' But they say 'Don't cry Betty. Your eyelashes will come off.' Hamilton said he did not expect her to return to Portsmouth, "because I don't think she can function here. I think it's something within herself." She was hospitalized twice since her arrival, once for a medical checkup last spring L and for shoulder surgery three months ago. She responded warmly lo the reception from townsfolk and some accompanied her on a bus trip lo New York City last June for a tribute paid by old friends In the entertain- ment business. Miss Button starred In such films as "Annie Get Your "The Greatest Show on Earth" and "Happy Go Police Seek Elmo the Parrot SAN KKANCISU) (UPI) Police have issued an all-points bulletin for a bright green and red parrot named "Elmo." Homicide Inspectors asked pet shop operators In Callfur nia, Arizona and Nevada In be on the lookout tor (he 3-ycar- uld parrot. Police said they want lo question the bird's owner, Douglas Casparian, 32, of San Francisco, about a killing. If ho tries to sell or board Elmo, police said, lie might provide a clue to his whereabouts. Cards Oof Early All The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: Sat., Dec. 14, 1J74 Blair u "He feels sorry for the postman at Christmas time.1 Television Listings Waterloo Cedar Rapldi Cwfar RapWi Ottumwa Rock Island Davenport LoCrojie Roehoster 1 Iowa City Dm Molnoi Saturday Night 7-News, Weather 9-Lawrence Welk 2-Action News 3-Lawrence Welk Welk 6-MovirT On 8-Lawrence Wulk 10-Pop Goes Counfry I 2- Folk Guitar Plus 13-Eyewttnoss News 7-Dragnet 2.Good Times 10-Pollce Surgeon I 2. World of Animals 13. Inside Iowa 7-Walt Disney 9-legend in Granite 2-Allin Family 3-Legend in Granite 4-Alfin Family 6-Walt Disney 8-AII in Family 10-Walt Disney 12-Symphony 13-Waif Disney 2-Paul Sond 4-Paul Sand 8-Paul Sand 9-Football- Cowboys-Raiders 2-Mary Tyler Moore Cowboys-Raiders v si i fender who Is now director of the Freedom Through Art studio, to design five different covers for the cards. Then I called the Behr Paper Co., of Kockford, III., who supplied the paper at a reduced cost. Paper, Printing "Herman Gee, a member of Ihe Tinley Park United Methodist church donated for paper cost and Robert McCullough donated the use of his shop, the Lashore Press, Inc., for production of the cards." Johnson, who serves as a chaplain at Stateville peniten- tiary in Joliet, said he got help in printing from Michael White, an inmate at the Pbn- tiac correctional center who Johnson had transferred to the Chicago work release center to help with the project. "I've worked extensively for 14 years with men and women in correctional institutions across the said John- son, also pastor of the Irving Park United Methodist church. "I'm always doing things along these lines, quite often helping men and women get out and start new life styles." NEW YORK (AP) Voter- an broadcaster Frank Blair who has been on NBC's "To- day" show ever since It went on the air on Jan. 14, 1952, Is resigning from the program, the network said Friday. An NBC spokesman quoted Blair, 59, as saying he wants to spend more time with his family after 22 years of gel- ting up at 5 a.m. each week- day to do the "Today" show. He said Blair, who is en route to West Palm Beach, Fla., for a Christmas vacation with his family, will make his final appearance on "Today" on March 14. His replacement hasn't been chosen, NBC said. Blair, born in Yemassee, S. C., plans to continue his broadcasting career, which he began in 1935 as a newscaster for radio station WCSC in Charleston, S. C., the NBC spokesman said. Blair and his wife live in New York City. They have eight children and 13 grandchileren. ON THIS DATE in 1973, Henry Kissinger urged King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to end the Arab oil embargo against the United State PHASE IV MI you can't SHOWS I AWARDS! 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