The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 38
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 38

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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C4 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 r s: Rodgers Special Thursday .C' V) T-, ) M f, ( J Liza Minnelli, 5, With Father Vincente in 1M1 ll-.SrPTi 1 Va -iJL- J 11 . v z,!r,waii . ,;v v lit - C " ' I , - a II Vincente Minnelli Directs Daughter Liza in 'A Matter of Time' Minnelli Directs Minnelli By JOAN HANAUER UPI Ttltvlilon Writer NEW YORK - If anyone could write a book about the sound of music, the happy talk about the sweetest sounds would come from Richard Rodgers. Rodgers has composed more than a thousand songs including "I Could Write a Book," "The Sound of Music," "Happy Talk" and "The Sweetest Sounds" and 42 show scores in the last half-century. His collaboration with Lorenz Hart and then Oscar Hammerstein II were marriages made in heaven and almost anything you say about the man begins to sound like a song cue. His incredible career, in fact, has become a song cue for CBS, which on Thursday, 9 to 11 p.m., will present "America Salutes Richard Rodgers: The Sound of His Music." The lineup is terrific, with Gene Kelly and Henry (the Fonz) Winkler playing Hammerstein and Hart as they reminisce about their collaboration with Rodgers. The cast of performer includes Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis Jr., Sandy Duncan, Lena Home, Cloris Leachman, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and John Wayne. In addition film clips will present famous players singing 4todfers' songs, including Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, Jeanette MacDonald and NEW YORK (AP) - A starry-eyed peasant girl who delivers herself over to the glittery world of fantasy. An aging, exquisite, but impoverished contessa. Rome. Memories. All the ingredients for a $5 million Hollywood movie. And all the ingredients to compel a lather and daughter to work together as director and actress. The newly released movie, "A Matter of Time," brings together, for the first time, director Vincente Minnelli and his superstar daughter Liza. "Liza did make an uncredited and very fleeting appearance in my movie, "The Long, Long Trailer,' " Minnelli says. "But that was a long time ago, when she was only 8. This time she has the starring role. It was a particularly happy experience for both of us." And Liza, with a "z" and big black eyes, agrees. "He has always been my greatest friend," she says. "He has always helped, encouraged and advised me. "As a director, he seeks perfection. He knows precisely what he wants from his actors and technicians when he arrives on the set." Liza, 30, also says her 68-year-old father occasionally will lose his patience and "shout when things go wrong." But his sense of humor prevails, smothering all ill feelings and restoring peace. Minnelli was married to Liza's equally superstar mother, the late Judy Garland. He has directed over 36 films in his career. Liza has appeared in five other major motion pictures, including ' Cabaret" and "The Sterile Cuckoo." Filmed in Rome and Venice, "A Matter of Time" also stars Ingrid Bergman as the contessa and Charles Boyer. Vincente Minnelli With Judy Garland Conversation Piece To Be Couple's Home f fo&f xfu .Xi t'!t I Nelson Eddy, Julie Andrews, Yul Brynner, Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Al Jolson, Deborah Kerr and Martha Raye. Rodgers himself has lost count of his songs he says people estimate various figures. He said in an interview at his offices on New York's Madison Avenue the corridors lined with scenes from such Rodgers' Broadway hits as "Oklahoma!" and "South Pacific" that he had no favorite song. He does have a favorite show "Carousel" and if he has favorite performers over the years, he refuses to name them for fear of insulting the possibly hundreds of others. He believes "The King and I" translated best into the movies, but his two biggest film disappointments were "South Pacific" and "Oklahoma." Looking around today the dapper Rodgers, who is 74 and speaks with some difficulty because of throat surgery, called "A Chorus Line" a "brilliant job," but otherwise was less than happy with the current music world. "I keep listening for music," he said. "I'd like to like it but I haven't heard much. Performers? I can't think of any, can you?" Then he did recall Vivian Reed of "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and seemed delighted to have found something positive to say. In general he calls the Broadway theater "healthy," an unusual term to use in connection with what is probably the great hypochondriac of show business. "As for music, well, it runs in cycles," he said. "The cycle is at its lowest right now, but it'll come up again." Motorists on 1-280 in Hillsborough, Calif., whiz by this strange-looking structure. It's a cluster of eighf connected domes which will be the home of Tyrone and Norma Thompson when finished. The couple lives in Foster City, Calif., now. -. m -w - m.w s , ft -s mm w mm W3 AI -4m: , -fe WIT Wiggins- From CI not between you and your God. Religion is a personal matter. Each person is free to worship and practice his belief in his own way." I think also that each member is free to seek out and yea, find tax-exempt status even unto the IRS. Coming up with snappy sermon topics should present no problem because in the church newspaper's classified advertising the Rev. Stanley L. Fuchs of Brooklyn, N.Y. offers "Sunday Sermons" in wholesale lots. For a sample sermon he asks a $2 offering, promising: "Sermons written with a flair that will spark the enthusiasm of the speaker and turn on the congregation to new spiritual highs . . . Your congregation will remem I haven't decided what to dowith my ministry beyond getting an "I Found It" bumper sticker for my car. I'm still studying the material that came with The Call. First I have 10-part "Lesson" telling me how to run a church, and a newspaper put out by the church. I was particularly impressed with a statement on the beliefs of the Universal Life Church (ULC): "The ULC has no traditional doctrine. We only believe in that which is RIGHT. Each individual has the privilege and the responsibility to determine what is right for him." Again: "The ULC is an organization designed to stand between you and the state ber it as the day God became visible to them." For particulars on church management, I have my 10 lessons. In Lesson 1, there is advice on my rights to start my church, manage property, receive and spend funds, contract debts, issue bonds, make contracts, sue and be sued. Lesson 2 deals with setting up church officers and holding conventions. Lesson 3 says a church must keep records, account for its funding, that the founder may call himself priest, father, pastor, president, etc., and that services may be held in buildings, parks, beaches, homes, and that ministers may wear anything they please including trick collars. with nature." In Lesson 9, typical worship service formats are outlined and Lesson 10 is on money. "No church can exist very long without finances. The basic way is through tithes and offerings, but this will not completely support a church." (Did I hear some "amens"?) And how does the Universal Life Church suggest you supplement offerings? "There are hundreds of ways . . . bake sales, quilting parties, rummage sales, car washes, candy sales and many other things." There may be something to ecumenical-ism after all. Lesson 4 tells about wpdding ceremonies and how to pull them off. Included is the usual stuff about a virtuous woman with a price far above rubies, but not a word about a virtuous man. Lesson 5 treats on funerals with special emphasis on comforting scriptures. Lesson 6 deals with dedication ceremonies. Lesson 7 is a short course on baptism, everything from sprinkling in a baptistry to the full plunge in a hole chopped out of a frozen lake. Lesson 8 is on communion. "Some prepare a feast while others take only the bread and wine, yet there are others who adjourn to some lovely spot and commune

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