Elyria Chronicle Telegram, October 18, 1984, Page 16

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Chronicle Telegram {Newspaper} - 1984-10-18,Elyria, Ohio Thursday, Oct. 18,1984Chronicle-TelegramMary Lou Simms, executive editor Accent Page B-6 Natalie Wood was the "brightest of the child stars, the one most in control of her life. She figured it out and put it in some sort of perspective...she never had to feel competitive with herself as a child star because she was more successful as an adult than she'd ever been as a child..."JUDY GARLAND NATALIE WOOD CHILD STARS: JANE POWELLSome were miserable more often than they were happy When he was 2. Dickie Moore appeared in his first movie, “The Beloved Rogue.” with John Barrymore in 1927. By the time he was 7 he had been in a string of "Our Gang" comedies and had shared the spotlight in films with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Spencer Tracy, Ralph Bellamy, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, W.C. Fields, James Cagney, Marlene Dietrich and Cary Grant. Yes, indeed, Dickie Moore was somebody — somebody very big, even though, in size, he was very small. WHEN HE WAS 11, he sat in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s chair in the Oval Office and wondered aloud who dusted “all those knick-knacks” on the president’s desk. Somebody in a dark suit said; “President Roosevelt is in Philadelphia today, Dickie. He said to tell you he’s sorry that he couldn’t visit with you.” Replied Dickie: “That’s OK. ” Although the president wasn’t at home, the FBI director was, and Dickie got a lesson on how to shoot a machine gun from J. Edgar Hoover. Later Hoover sent Dickie an autographed picture on which he had written: “To Dickie, my future G-Man.” When he was 14, he bought his first rifle — with the advice of Gary Cooper, with whom he had appeared in “Peter Ibbetson” and with whom he later wouid work in “Sergeant York," which forever would stand as Dickie Moore’s favorite film. Yes, indeed, Dickie Moore was somebody. He had the world by the tail. DICKIE MOORE now is 59,Darrell Sifford silver-haired, the owner of a public relations firm in New York, Dick Moore and Associates. He is the author of the just-published “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (but don’t have sex or take the car).” The book contains interviews with dozens of former child stars, including Natalie Wood, Shirley Temple and Mickey Rooney — and it offers some awesome insights into why, in the wonderful world of Hollywood, all that glitters is not gold. IT WAS SHIRLEY Temple’s ISth-birthday party, and Dickie Moore was there, along with all the other “right” people, the child stars of Hollywood's golden era. There was Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Darryl Hickman, Jackie Cooper, Donald O’Connor, Jane Withers. All of them seemed to be having such a good time, but Dickie was frightened — and miserable. “I was afraid they’d ask me to square dance or something — and I didn’t know how. I was afraid I’d be asked to perform, and there was nothing I could do. Donald O'Connor could sing and dance, but I... well.” What Dickie Moore didn’t know until many years later was that a lot of the other guests were miserable, too. "When O’Connor had to dance, he was very upset... because it amounted to his working overtime and not getting paid. He was sick of workmg.” DICKIE MOORE was 31, a first-tim'e father — and, in his words, “very resentful. My wife said that if there was any hope for our marriage, we must go to therapy.... I couldn’t bring myself to change diapers or even to have anything to do with my son. I didn't want to be a father I knew there was something terribly wrong with that... and that I couldn’t live my life that way.” He talked to a friend, who encouraged him to enter therapy. “We got divorced anyway. It was a very wise thing for her to do. We both married as an excuse to leave home — although neither of us knew it at the time.” Wliat was his problem, as a father, with his son? “He was a child, and I never had a childhood. He was getting everything 1 never got.” It was a conclusion that Dickie Moore reached in the course of therapy, which started 28 years ago and still is going on to this very day. “IT SAVED my life; it really did. Now I really like my parents. They’re still alive. Dad’s 93; Mom’s 87.1 got all my anger out. I worked through it. This doesn’t mean that I think they were terrific parents. They weren’t. But they did the best they could. At one time I couldn’t give them credit for that....” “At 65 Dad retired from a California bank as a teller. He was earning f 105 a week, the most he ever made. What if I hadn’t been in pictures? What kind of life would we have had?’' DARRYL HICKMAN was in therapy for years, too, said Moore — along with so many of the other child stars. “Finally, he got up the courage to ask his mother: 'Why did you put me in the movies when I was 3?’ And his mother looked astonished. Why, dear,’ she said, ‘it’s what you always wanted to do.’ It never occurred to any of the parents that they did anything wrong,” that some of them exploited their children terribly, used them to live out their own dreams of grandeur, squandered huge sums of money that their children had earned. It was difficult to be somebody big when you were so little. And the difficulty never seemed to end, at least not totally, said Dickie Moore. “I don’t think the life itself — as a child star — is all that damaging. The hard part comes when you’re left without it — after being raised to the heights at an early age. A lot of the emotional trouble comes not from loathing the Me but from aching for it.” HE WAS AT SARDI’S in New York not long ago with Donald O’Connor, Donald’s wife, Gloria, and Jane Powell, with whom he lives. As the four dined, people stopped by to chat with O’Connor and Powell, to express their admiration, their envy. What nobody knew, said Dickie Moore, was that O’Connor and Powell were comparing notes about how insecure they often felt. Thought Moore: “Thank God, it’s not just me.” “I'm Dick Moore. I’ve tried to divorce myself from my other identity. I’m not Dickie Moore,” he said in an interview. “Dickie was a kid who wet the bed and wore short pants. But nobody wanted to hire me as Dick Moore. They still wanted me to be Dickie.” HIS JOURNEY through analysis has helped in his quest to become Dick Moore, he said, “It’s enabled me to put the whole load behind me. The past no longer has the ability to make me crazy. For a long time if somebody called me ‘Dickie’ I was ready to hit him with a chair. But now they say ‘Dickie’ and sometimes they start to apologize, but I say, ‘Hey, forget it; that's who I am’” — even as he speaks as Dick Moore. “We’re all affected by it — the life of the child star. There’s an area of life in which we re all stopped. It’s not the same area for everybody or to the same degree. But it’s there — for everybody. For me, for years, it was a certain kind of anxiety having to do with feeling that I had to behave in a certain way — and, if 1 didn’t, people would know what I was thinking and feeling. That’s anxiety-    , producing, of course, because sometimes what we think and feel we don’t want others to ■ know.... There was as lot of guilt, a lot of anxiety.” DICK MOORE thinks that the late Natalie Wood was the “brightest of the child stars, the'. one most in control of her life. She figured it out and put it in some sort of perspective.... She never had to feel competitive with herself as a child star because she was more successful as an adult than she’d ever been as a child.... “Most of us are insecure — everybody, not just movie • people — but when you’re in the Spotlight, the insecurity is , magnified.... Judy Garland, they say, got patted on the head for all the wrong reasons. Mickey - ' Rooney told me that for Judy there was no God. That’s all he said. You figure out what that means.” The child stars who become adult stars have not only talent that is marketable, said Moor^,' but also a drive that is never- ' ending. As an adult, Moore lacked the drive.    _' “I tended to retreat instead of ‘ push myself forward, I was just looking for the first way out.” Is he happy today? “I like myself. I like being here. I like it that Jane and I .' found each other. I like the book I wrote. I like...”    ' Darrel} Sifford is a    , syndicated writer. Fund-raiser Holy Cross Church has cookbooks for sale The parpóse of tbe fUBd-raiser is to promote open-to-ibe-publie charitable events. Items, which may appear up to two consecutive weeks must be submitted in writing to the Accent Dept, at least several days prior to publication. Piease inciude your name and tetepbone number. Moatbly Sale of Meat OngoiDg: Elyria Catholic Guild; Brown/Derby Steakhouse outlet meat, seafood, entrees, etc., large selection at reasonable prices; delivery 1st Wednesday of every month at Elyria Cath* olic High; call 365-8606 or 3654543 for more information and order blanks. Paper Drive Ongoing: Penfield Recreation Board is collecting newspapers, wrapped in brown paper sacks or tied in the shed behind Society Hall, Rts. 301 & 18; no maga-rines. Scrap Metal Collectioa ODgoiDg; Cub Scout Pack 3458; collecting al kinds of scrap metal; for more information or pickuD, call 625-3625 O'- 6482426. Thrift Shop Ongoing: LaGrange United Methodist Church; 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays only; located in the Education building in back of the church. Cookbooks Ongoing: Holy Cross Church 60 th Anniversary cookbooks, and ?1 for postage, call 324-3700 or 365-4298. Dinners Every Friday: Ladies Ministers Group North Ridgeville Church of God; 5-7 p.m.; call 327-4761 to order. Benson Frait Cakes Ongoing-Oct. IS; Washington Avenue Christian Women s Fellowship, 301 Washington Ave.; call 327-8219 or 323-4213. Citrus Fruit Ongoing-Oct. 20; Cub Scout Pack 139, selling by the case for WANTED 45 NEWBORN BABIES IN GOOD HEALTH PAID UP JNSURANCE W)tiCY IN 9 YEARS FACT AMOUNT S10.0M) DW.-URS. MALE 11380, FEMALES 10760 ANNUALLY. OFER GOOD «W BABIES UP TO 6 MONTHS OLD OTHERS SLlGHTiy HIGHER, CALL C. EVANS OR JIM HAMILTON. aTiwnuMe LMUUI2«-«M «UfWWSAK TOSfW W* TmiFWI * DAN’S * CARPET CLEANING Will ^ Steam Clean Any Any Room Size Z. ^10.95 no.9£ Homi* • Offitei . • All Work ond Guorontpii'd delivery before Thanksgiving; Hamlin oranges, navel oranges, Indian River-red grapefruit; call 324-4844. Cabbage Roll Sale Ongoing-Oct. 28: St. Agnes Altar & Rosary Society; $4.20 a dozen; call 324-5489 or 458-4941, pickup on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1 between 2-4 p.m. at the church halL 611 Lake Ave. Holiday CbeesebaU Ongoing-Nov. 17: Elyria Jaycee Women; one pound cheeseball, 113.50; call 322-2717; pickup Nov. 17 between 1-4 p.m. at Jaycee Hall. Otras Fruit Sale Ongoing-Dee. IS: North Olmsted United Methodist Church; ruby red grapefruit $9.95, case of oranges $10.95; delivery Dec. 15; call 779-7365 or 322-0922. Salad LuDcbeoo/Card Party Oct. 17: Fourthurs; 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Holly HaU, YWCA; call 365-7631 for tickets, Turkey Sapper Oct. 17: Rochester Methodist Church; 5 p.m. at th church; atults $5, children 6-12 $2, under 6 free. Wflílíí!] SWEETEST DAY is Saturday, Oct. 20th Treat yoar Sweetie to a beautiful Fall Arrangement fresh from our greeDbouse. Also a large selection of silk & dry arrangements, planters, blooming plants and ROSES to choose from at... 9942E.RIV0r$L,Elp1a 323-5426 Fail Salad tuacbeon Oct. 18: Ladies Auxiliary VFW 9340; noon at the VFW Hall, Columbia Station; adults $3, children under 6 $1; call 2368780 for reservations. Rummage Sale , Oct- 18: First Congregational Church, 36363 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church. TURN TO PAGE B-8 Speed Queen GAS DRYERS AND 18 LB. LARGE CAPACITY Heavy-Duty WASHERS FREE DELIVERY * + * 10 YR. WASHER transmission WARRANTY DRYERS start at $320 speed Queen Wringer Washers dvaiioUe at StewOft's Doubk Woll Constnicfron Solety Wrtnger è OPEN 9 Till V MON.-ÌMIÌRS.-FRI. TUES. & SAT. 9 nu 5:30 CernerSmrr fFW——, SteM^arhs I 460 Clfrv«1ond St., Byno 90 DAYS SMAEASCASH «IDGETTBWS VISA Of M/C J ;

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