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Sunday, January 7, 1945
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DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER, JANUARY 7 , 1945 MAGAZINE SECTION. ..PAGE THREE A New Item From Staiiniand ID if Is Kouaemco '"'OLUMBIA studios have a little girl named Roudenko (right) whom they are keeping under wraps that's what the story says believe what you like. Of course, keeping under wraps in Hollywood jargon doesn't mean being bundled up for a ski jaunt it means the one-in-case is being groomed for a surprise assault on a throbbing public. Anyway, Roudenko is Retting the works now you'll get it later at the box-office. Incidentally, the first name is Lubov. Lubov was born to Russian parents in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1921. But at 5 she had moved on to Paris and dancing. At 6 she was able to pay for the roof over the family head" with 1,000 francs won at dancing. About the time she was 15 Leonide Massine saw Roudenko at a recital and signed her as the principal can-can dancer in his production of "Gaite Pansienne." In 1937 she was soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and in 1913 Broadway saw her in the revival of "The Merry Widow." An engagement ivith Xavier Cugat at the Waldorf-Astoria sent her right into the arms of Hollyicood. Well, we've warned you. You'll be seeing her soon in star roles the story said. Rich Father You've heard of angels for shows the people who are willing to risk money that the play will click. Well, he who was lucky enough to have lent $5,000 to "Life With Father" has his check back plus $120,000 and the dividends still pouring in. In its five-year run the play has grossed nearly 8 million dollars. Hedy Lamarr's 5-year-old son could have had a part in "Experiment Perilous" but when he found out the line he was to say he didn't think so much of a movie career. His line "Goodnight, mother." Little Jamsie said, "I do that every night anyway." Warners has announced that "Life With Father" will be done in technicolor but you'll have to wait until 19U7 to see it. Franchot Tone is one actor who can't give out with a tale of fighting his way up, dramatically speaking. In the middle 20's he hit Broadway from Cornell university, got into plays, went along fine with nary a complaint. In 14 pictures Deanna Durbin finally does her first bathtub scene in "Can't Help Singing." But it's no DeMille tub. It's an old wine cask. Sara Berner is a very busy woman in Hollywood putting words into the mouths of animals. She got her first assignment when a film cartoon producer heard her impersonate Hepburn. He signed her to do the voice of a baby panda. I-"" Hats for Suits J., 'x JjSu.-;. A'-: . 'e.'i - rl vS- a ' r 1 f a I x yfOST WOMEN like to start the New Year with a new J-Vl hat. Husbands who read this may mutter they start lots of other things that way, too. But these three styles above from Warners picture, "Hollywood Canteen," would brighten many a winter scene. Left is Joan Winfield in a smart suit hat of soft brown felt accented with darker brown band edged with gold squares. And of course, a veil. For his name CHILL WILLS certainly went to the right places on his USO tour Labrador, Greenland, Baf-finland and Iceland. "Mexican Holiday" will co-star JOSE ITURBI and WALTER FIDGEON. "Dear Ruth," a new and sprightly comedy on Broadway, will be around a long time, according to one critic who trotted out all his best and most commendatory adjectives for it. He found it better than "Voice of the Turtle." So poisonous are war pictures at Philadelphia boxoffices that one manager added a footnote to his ad for "Abroad with Two Yanks" Not a War Picture. Gene Austin's recording of "My Blue Heaven" for Victor is generally accepted as the top seller of all time, with a total of well over two million platters. Columbia is reportedly the buyer of "FOLLOW THE GIRLS," Broadway success of last spring starring Gertrude Niesen. The price via grapevine was $100,000. 1 Ann Doran has a brief cinema role in "Duffy's Tavern" in tvhich she is Bing Crosby's mother. She sees the future and Bing opens her mouth and screams. Finish. jjc jfs Laurence Olivier (husband of Scarlett-Vivien Leigh) produced "Henry V" in England and it cost 2 million good round dollars. He will come to Paramount this year to produce a spectacle. r , s jS t i W it - ' t " I . ' , . ' $ i . r , y ,t4ti, -sY V . ' '. " ,. i , f ' af J.' " - v " ;. " J x W ( - A f Jf - .J', !. V- :jr;.-r y?4i - rO - tfi ' ' 4rAVvV A; ',rn ? 1 i -a rfc- . f .-...f . r firs . vSiiiitt jwsXftO 'y1- V t .4 . '.;:. v.- ., s-i..v . ? - jmma. -.;- : .r . - i RrirXri rvL a,. : .- -1 t ' . Frank Fay of that whimsical play, "Harvey," containing the 6-foot rabbit, is getting very, very weary of gifts of rabbits. PAT O'BRIEN hasn't been in a Broadway show for 14 years and he'd like a good role, not necessarily a leading one, he says. Angela Green (center) smiles under a narrow-brimmed brown felt that rolls up sharply at the side to give you what the French call joie de vivre.. If you are wearing the coiffure with oversized buns you should have a pillbox to top it off. Here Lynnc Baggctt (right) wears a squared off one with soft pink pearls used like bunches of grapes. Roudenko danced her way from Paris to New York Gallant During the filming of "Frenchman's Creek," Joan Fontaine had to eat on the set wherever she was because she couldn't get her hoop-skirts into any modern conveyance to get back to camp. Many male members of the cast stayed to eat with her. Out of courtesy, no doubt. Off the set little Margaret O'Brien was met by her stand-in. "Why Margaret," said the solicitous little miss, "you've been crying." Returned little Meg, "Don't worry it's just part of my job." It's probably not a true story but a good one, anyway. Ambassador Da-vies didn't see how his "Mission to Moscow" could be filmed. "Oh," said the Hollywood boys, "we'll just put a couple of writers on it and fiction it up." ALICE FAYE has signed a new 4cal with Twentieth Century-Fox which calls for dramatic comedy type roles instead of musical ones. JOAN CRAWFORD is a Hollywood legend for looking chic in suits. She has a reason she wears wide, elastic suspenders fastened to the tops of her suit skirts and the skirts hold in perfect line. Longest name on Warners payroll is that of a bit player Antoine Hugo Karholivichnoffski, jr. Antoine is a Sioux Indian. Positively. to Hollywood. As one critic cheerfully admits: "Catherine Was Great" (Mae West), which received what generally would be described as theatrical obituaries from the critics, is more than 160 performances old and still going. you'd really care to knoiv Sonnij Tufts was christened Bowen Charleston Tufts, III. Paramount head Y. Frank Freeman loves his dogs. So when someone asked Ed Gardner (Archie) how Freeman liked him in "Duffy's Tavern," that wit replied, "lie was enthusiastic in fact he's made me an honorary dog." MARY ASTOR says her favorite role was in "Dodsworth." New Orleans is certainly a popular town for the locale of movies. There were "The Buccaneers," "Flame of New Orleans," "Flesh and Fantasy," "Naughty Marietta." Now "French Town," a Sigmund Romberg musical budgeted at $2,000,000, is to be laid; there. Merle Oberon has some tiny gold flame-like torches tipped with diamonds and rubies she wears on her ears. Irving Hoffman saw "Spook Scandals" and while he termed it unspook-tacular, he did find one Mila Niemi, whom he recommends highly to Hollywood as a future Lauren Bacall.

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