Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on April 3, 1938 · Page 39
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BUI Lynne Carver wants to stand on her own feet, even if she did marry the boss. She does, too but the devoted wife in her just cant be suppressed T o ou T J U U L can't tell you until she got disgusted and hung up on me. Nicky takes care of everything like that for me and he probably has my salary invested for me in a nice, safe place." She is dismayingly honest in her opinion of her singing voice which her biography says "leaves her hearers amazed." "Most people think a coloratura is the most uninteresting kind of voice, anyway," she said. "I know Kicky says, 'Why did you nave to be a coloratura?' And I say, 'But Nicky. I can vocalize to the end of the keyboard!' And he says, 'Yes, but can you sing a simple song?' And I can't," she concluded with a grin. X' ' J tCiW Ji V CHE'S accustomed to heck- Ij I MlN 1 tl i u ling, from her mother, her Ij - JI Vfllf ' mining-engineer father and a Vi 1 IJLI I sister, Marjorie, whom she V ? 9( V-rj 1 flrttVy X J IW adores, and takes it with very MWW JM JAI) U anymg about clothes." she Her Studio will gSTf J& Wt&&3 hj I confessed. I ve had more tell you that f -- MT'gr' g" clothes in the last few months Lynne Carver f" J lan ever m my it a determined V sXV ,usl because they na88ed me person who has . into overcome all f "I just can't get the glamor sorts of I v 'dea mto my cad at5 one Obstacles. thing I don't like about Hol- But she says. J VJj r'Why I don't I V J Si Y4wfc;5 A vi, .f-x ill ill li JI " " vS ir " i v fV '-'f rTrsA,',3 X I 1 I 111 il II : if wJr H -s iL4 lvw w "everybody suggesting. I wanted to keep some sort of family name my real one is Virginia Reid Sampson. Finally my father suggested two, Lynn and Craven. I added the V to the first and changed the last one to Carver because we didn't like Craven much." This metamorphosis occurred in 1937. Metro scarcely remembers that a Virginia Reid was briefly on its payroll in 1933, when Polly Ann Young wangled a very small part for her in "Penthouse" with Myrna Loy. She was quite young then she was born in Lexington, Ky., August 13, 1916, and the family moved to California in 1929. When she was 1 6, she won a theatrical beauty contest in Los Angeles and posed for Artist Henry Clive. Later she went to dramatic school and in 1934 was in two pictures. RKO "Down to Their Last Yacht" and United Artists "Kid Millions." The next year there were several shorts, and parts in two more RKO films. One of these was "Roberta," where she found a friend in Irene Dunne, a player who always is interested in aspiring singers. After the stay in Nev York, where she studied singing, Metro cast her in "Maytime" in the role of the young singer who is persuaded to take marriage instead of a career. She didn't sing at all in that and even in her most recent picture. "Everybody Sing," she only joined in the chorus. "Nicky isn't at all what I imagined my husband would be like," she confided. "I always By Lucie HOLLYWOOD PS.: She married the bcss" may be the ideal ending for millions of romantic young women, but Lynne Carver wants to write more chapters to her story. Anyway, she was doing very well for herself at Metro before the boss ever vappeared on the scene. And she has lived in Hollywood long enough to know how the wise guys can distort that "P.S." into "Oh. sure, she'll get along all right she married a big shot." That cynical attitude is just one of the charms of the rlace a town where marriages may be made in heaven but romances are planned in the publicity departments. This young, near-red-head isn't going to give the cynics a chance to take a crack at her. That's why she is determined to keep "Lynne Carver. Metro featured player" quite separate from "Mrs. Nicholas Nayfack. wife of a Metro executive." Another reason is that tradition decrees that pretty ingenues aren't as interested in discussing a husband as a career. It s rather difficult because "Nicky" keeps cropping up in her conversation. ,y "I told him before we were married when we were just going together that I wasn't going to take any favors from him," said young Mrs. Nayfack decidedly. "If there was a part he really thought I'd be good in, I wanted the same chance anybody else would get, but he was to consider me just as he would any girl trying out for it. Of course, he does help me with my acting. He rehearses me in my lines Neville and takes all the other parts. Honestly, it's a show! I think he's really a ham at heart." If Nicky had been on the scene last year, he would have had some romantic rehearsing when Miss Carver was playing the role of Tom Brown's young sweetheart in "Maytime." This was the. actress' first big break, and other parts followed rapidly in "The Bride Wore Red," "Madame X" and recently the romantic lead opposite Allan Jones in "Everybody Sing." Metro has decided on a program of steady advancement for her and has set aside a big part in "Sea of Grass," a pioneer saga. It may be her open stand against favoritism that makes Metro consider her a yery practical, grimly ambitious young actress. At least, the studio biography of her says, "Lynne is a very positive little person with very decided views of her own and a great determination. 'I've had enough hard knocks to realize there's no royal road to doing your job right,' she remarks." When Miss Carver was asked about this purposeful characterization, she said in gentle surprise. "Why, I don't remember any hard knocks I I always had everything I wanted, and as to being determined, when I was little I just thought everybody ought to be famous. I thought that was the only reason people were put on earth. "But it is true that movie work isn't a snaj. job and people ought not to try to get in it if they aren't willing to work hard. I'm in movies because I like it, and the money doesn't seem to matter. 'I remember a director told me I'd never I uimii m n rau-wirw j g , Tun Dili itl iimtn ffriiW. F !i IS''"' Iflf ' fivK " 1 1 it' ' be a star until I thought dollars and cents were more important than acting, so I guess I have a long way to stardom. I honestly don't know what I make here." (It's around $450 a week. Miss Carver.) "Some fan magazine writer called me the other day and asked me about it, and income taxes, and I had to keep saying, 'I don't know I'm sorry, I really (Copyright, 1938, by EveryWeek Magazine) lywood. I used to go to previews without dressing up but I never will forget the two-hour lecture my family delivered when they found I'd gone to one in slacks." It was a family conclave that decided on her screen name, as well as her wardrobe and public appearance. "I remember we four sat around all one afternoon," Miss Carver said. Brisk canters in the morning with her physical director keep Lynne Carver fit for her film work. At left, Judy Garland, Miss Carver, Allan Jones and Reginald Gardiner do a bit of strenuous vocalizing in "Everybody Sing." hoped love would be a sort of 'Knight on white charger affair but mine wasn't even terribly romantic. "I met Nicky when I was in "Maytime, " Mrs. Nayfack said. "Jeanette MacDonald was telling me a story in her dressing room and Mr. Mayer and this young man came in. Mr. Mayer introduced us but I supposed they wanted to talk business, so I gathered up my long skirts and was leaving when Mr. Mayer said something about. 'Watch out you'll fall in love. But I didn't wait to hear the rest and I was simply crimson with embarrassment. "A few nights later a friend asked me to go on a double date, and Nicky happened to be at the same place we went. And after that, we just started going together. But why couldn't it have been a grand scene where I swooned on the stairs, or he rescued me from a runaway horse?" wailed the ingenue who is claimed by her studio to be a practical person. "No, it had to be in the ballroom of a hotel!" Miss Carver doesn't smoke, likes cookies and applesauce cake. She isn't superstitious, doesn't mind posing for stills. loves dancing, and says she likes Dallas, Texas, better than any other town because people are so friendly and she always has a good time there. And she likes to talk about her husband 1

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