Monroe News Star (Newspaper) - October 26, 1977, Monroe, Louisiana
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“The Man Who Came to Dinner,” an uproarious comedy by George Kaufman and Moss Hart, will open Thursday at the Strauss Playhouse as the season's second production by the Little Theatre of Monroe. Principals in the cast are, from left, Paulette Yeldell as the actress. Loraine Sheldon; Ben Post as the irascabile critic, Sheridan Whiteside; Frank Tugwell as newsman Bert Jefferson, and Linnie Freeman as the secretary, Maggie Cutler. Reservations can be made by calling 323-6681.
Voice Of Broadway
NEW YORK <KFS) Sad final note: Bing Crosby wanted to get homo to Kathy for their 20th anniversary next Monday i24) Bing’s estate will include ASCAP royalties from some of the top tunes Bing wrote in his early days; "Where the Blue of the Night” of course; and a nifty rhythm tune, 'From Monday On”; the moody “I don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance”; “Love Me Tonight.” •‘That’s Grandma,” “At Your Command,” ‘•Where Are You.” etc. He recorded them all.
Ruth Gordon’s son Jones Harris iJed Harris Is Jonesy’s dad) and Heidi Vanderbilt (Alfred Gwynne Vs sprig) definitely are divorcing.. Bea Lillie’s - longplay live-in companion John Phillip claimed Bea was broke and appealed to the Actors Fund for ter-minal-illness aid Turns out Bea's long-financed trust funds and assorted showbiz-union pensions more than will take care of the great old comedienne in her tragic senility Ethel Merman insisted on seeing Bea and came away depressed. All the marvelous Lady Peel could manage was sit in a chair and stare, recognizing nobody
Roseland’s fabled Ldu Brecker would have been a great grandpa grandsprig Constance Leeds Bennett named the baby born in Boston Lauriston Brecker Leeds; Lous daughter Nancy Leeds who now runs Is the very-grandmom.
Mimi Schoenstein, widow of Pulitzer Prize-winning N.Y.Journal-Amerlcan city editor (later managing editor) Paul Schoenstein heads for another Happy FJndIng; Mimi just became Mrs. Jules Meistrick Definition of opprobrium’ That’s what emanates from novelist Sidney Sheldon when you mention Billy Graham, Worse than any chimp at mention of Clyde Beatty
When Mel Ferrer was to wed to Audrey Hepburn he yearned out of Italy. Now he’ll do two Italian films in a row Where foreign aid disappears, into Idi Amin’s new $2,000,000 exec-jet Shecky Greene at the Stage Deli said he couldn’t decide to root for the Dodgers or Yankees: ‘I'm from Chicago” While Britt
Ekiand's getting tbe com-mon-law on Rod Stewart for half his fortune, she’s vavavoom.ing with Roger Vadim Talk about foot fetishes' Faye Dunaway has 54 shoe changes in her “Eyes” flick, and almost as many lashes; Charles Jourdan designed the chic peds
The new sick-flick "Salo” at the Festival bijou warns patrons in iobby signs “No ReTunds ■ . The skytickling nevi Citicorp Center 8th tallest building i expects to sway in heavy winds and has'stabilizers if) minimize the skv-twists computer-controlled 400-ton block of concrete resting on a bed of oil .oi) Famed Carnegie Hail voice Carlo Menoiti says Enzo Stuarti’s son Larry ‘definiiely has a big singing career ahead ”
Grambiing College coach Eddie Robinson is a fan of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; George put up a no-interest $90,000 to guarantee expenses of the Gramblmg-Morgan State grid game at the Yankee
The Eternal Peter Pan Returns To The Stage
Stadium. Grambiing during Eddie’s 36 years coaching has sent more than 160 players to the pros Back in our home burg exotic Buffalo, George financed a couple of young lads. Jimmy Naples and A1 Margolies in a restaurant. When it paid out George’s investment he gave it all to them. Now Jim Naples also works at Yankee Stadium for the allegedly toughhearted Steinbrenner Steinbrenner
Former ‘‘21’ executive doorstop (he censored the inelegant) Chuck Anderson now is an exec aide to Penthouse mag owner Bob Guccione Beware of
Answered Prayers; Lynn Redgrave wanted and got the “Not for Women Only” taped show Barbara Walters once headed before she got rich, Lynn had to tape 10 shows in two days to be able to star In a midwest “St, Joan” Shavian troupe . We '.wondered why Howard Fast ^tl^lred Muhammad All so much when we chatted: Ali may star in F ast's ‘‘Freedom Road” film
Asked to comment on Catfish Hunter’s'disastrous Series outing, Bob Feller avoided the query gracefully; “Don’t ask me. I never won a Series game” Didn’t either; lost two in 1.948. . , Vanessa Redgrave and Lillian Heilman disdain director Fred Zinneman despite Fred turning the always-aggrandizing Heilman’s “Julia” into a praised picture. Fred of course despises the sort of politics the combative twain admire.
Croup Hits In Michigan
LANSING, Mich. (UPI) -A childhood disease known as croup has struck at least two areas of the state with unusual severity, claiming one life and putting Michigan health officials on guard.
Dr. Norman S Hayner, chief epidemiologist with the state Department of Public Health, said Tuesday dimensions of the problem are unknown because there is no standard reporting procedure for the normally mild ailment.
Croup normally strikes children up to 3 years of age. ]
By Wesley G. Plppert
WASHINGTON . I PI > ~ Mary Martin always has been happy, the eternal Peter Pan, but her new piay “Do You Turn Somersaults'!’” grew out of the loneliness she fell after the of iiCr
"1 have a great feeling that wherever Richard might be he knows what I’m doing,” Miss Martin said. Her husband of years, Richard Hallidav. died in 1973.
“I never in a million years would have thought Id outlive Richard My family all were gone at 65 or 66 His family lived to 95 . 92 , 94,” she said. “This was out of the blue. Then I ran a lot, 1 didn't settle down anywhere, I wrote the book, and finally got that over That helped a lot
"Then, you just can't sit -not if you have my energ>' So, until this play, 1 turned everything else down”
She is stars with British actor Anthony Quayle in the production, her first performance in eight years. After the Kennedy Center here, the play was scheduled into Wilmington, Del,, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Boston, It is to open in New York just after New Year’s.
“This particular play is about a particular period in my life It has been lonely without Richard,” she said.
In the play, a stuffy doctoi and an eccentric woman both searching for hap piness, meet at a sanitorium Utterly unlike, they even tually fall in love.
Thus Miss Martin has rur the gamut from Peter Pan — like “a bird one day old.” as slie describes him - to playing a woman in later life,
“This is what is excitmg to me,” she said. “This is what is thrilling, what makes the show work. It could be anybody’s life, yours someday, anybody’s. The thing is, it happens,
“This is reality. The reality of two people, completely opposite, finding each other, is hope. Everybody has to have hope,”
Miss Martin was interviewed in her dressing room just prior to singing some warm-up exercises in preparation for her performance. At 65. her figure is trim. She wore black slacks and a white jersey displaying her ample bosom and a charm necklace she received from “This Is Your
Robinson Paintings On Display
The College Town Bookstore is currently displaying a one-person exhibition of paintings by Henry Robinson, a Monroe senior painting major in Northeast I^ouisiana University’s Department of Art,
On display are recent oil canvases which present portrait and figurative imagery in a developed realistic approach Robinson’s paintings will be displa}ed through Nov 18, according to Robert G. Ward, NLU art exhibitions chairman
There were charms of her native Texas, her dancing shoes, the tree uf life with the birthdales of son Larry and daughter Heller. Paramount Pictures, the clasped hands of her and Richard's wedding rmg. a coin etched with “Nosa Ferrenza.” the Hallidays' farni in Brazil where they lived for years after her retirement, and the charms of her musicals. ‘Doe-a deer■' from “The Sound of Music,” ‘Honeytnin ' from ‘ South Pacific,” a gun from •Annie Get \our Gun,” a l)cd from “I Do. 1 Do.” and a circus elephant from ‘Somersaults "
During a National Press Club appearance, she said “South Pacific” was her greatest play ~ “The world came to see ‘South Pacific,’ the entire world' " But “Peter Pan.” she said, was “the joy of my life, " Miss Martin's joy. her zest, comes from her childhood
“I had a very happy, happy childhood,” she said. “I was very much wanted by my mother, my father and my sister, who is 11 years older than I
“There wa.s a little boy born and he only lived a day. My mother wanted another child so badlv. The doctor
said she wouldn’t live if she had another child, but she was deicrmmed My father wanted her to have another child if she could live ••.Anyway, she did. ’ Miss Martin said She has to roll up her fri?.?.y hair four times a day for ••Somersaults” - more often than she had to wash it in • South Pacific” as Nellie Forbush She had the energ> to continue the production even though she tore ligaments in her left knee durinc rehearsals in Texas
and had to wear it heavil\ bandaged at the Kennedy Center Miss Marlin told of a majiseuse who ren\arked to her. “I just don't understand it, I felt energx’ when I was massaging your IkkIv I felt energy just popping up Then I s.Tw Jhe show 1 just don't understand it whert' does it come from ’ "
Now and then. Miss Martin said, she gets down Slie relatcii that the previous night she learned of something that happetUH'i to
a friend She awakeneti at 3 or 4 am and ojH'ned a fr\>m her Ix'st frieod, Janet Gaynor
‘I just ojH'ne<i it up and it said something atwut fear just one page fear of illness, fear of dying 1 went right straight to it, It hap all the time. The an swer is always there”
Then she recited another homily from the iHwk at>out the futility of analyzing
\ adore this.” she said, and then quoted ”.*\ centijH'de was happy.
“I ntil a frog in fun,
■'Saui. Pray, teil me. which leg comes after which"’
“This raised her mind to such a pitch “.'>he lay distracted in the ditch
■•('onsiderini.' how to run -• •‘You can t analyse everything that much”
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