Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 123
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 123

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
Page 123
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by LLOYD SHEARER ^ HOLLYWOOD. NOWADAYS ONLY the naive believe anything that emanates from Hollywood. Practically all the gossip and many of (he so-called news stories from here arc the inane fabrications of stupid press agents employed by equally stupid stars or studio executives. Most film publicity is used as a vanity-sop or part of a sales campaign. Of all the legends and myths that press agents have circulated, however, the still valid and truthful one is the Cinderella legend. Hollywood can take an unknown girl from nowhere, name her, dress her, re-sty!c her personality, cloak her with a particular image, build her into a celebrity. It makes little difference whether the girl has talent, back ground, training or intelligence. None of these attributes is a requisite of stardom. What count most are personality, sex-appeal and photogenic-ness. Walt Disney, a shrewd and experienced judge of these qualities, believes they are generated by a stunning, 19-year-old French girl he has named Dany Saval. Her real name is Danielle Savallc, and Disney plans to put her on the cinematic moon in his forthcoming movie, iWoon Pilot. Poverty-ridden Background "We hope to make her Hollywood's first space beauty," says Disney,who can promote a film much better than most producers. Actually, Walt hopes to build Dany up into more than that. Hc's'signcd her to a six-film contract and has already cast her in two other pictures. This is why Dany goes around Hollywood telling people in her markedly French accent, "I nm luckiest girl in the world." Unlike many American apprentice actresses, Dany is unashamed nf her poverty- ridden background. She was born in a slum area of Paris in 1942 after the Germans released her father from a prisoner-of-war camp. During much of her youth, her dad, a factory-worker, was unemployed.'There was not much for him to do," she explains, "so him and my mother have m a n y babies--five." At 8, Dany entered shoiv business as a child-dancer, earned S25 a m o n t h . She also attended grade school and dancing classes, did odd jobs. When she was 12 she played a boy-dancer in the Comcdie Francaise, event u a l l y rarnc down with tuberculosis owing to malnutrition and physical exhaustion. Shipped off to the Frencji mountain country, she gradually recovered, came back to i'aris hungry and broke, determined to find ivork to support herself. "Was difficult," she recalls. "Is always difficult for dancer. Lucky for me, I do not hunger quickly. I must live so I become Can-Can girl at Moulin Rniigc. Is not ballet, I know, but is living. And in Moulin Rouge I meet husband. Nice m a n . Publiquc relations. Name, Roger Chaland. We marry when I have 16 years. Then he say to me, 'Dany, best Deny Itrolli about court of Hollywood': Grauman's Chinese Theatre to see footprints and signature; of glamorous Jtars. She is currently making her first American motion picture, Moon Pilot. for you in show business is films. I get impresario to interest himself in you.' He meet me to Marcel Game. You know Marcel Carne, famous French director? He give me first part in his film, /s Tricheiirs. Then, I get other film parts, some good, some bad. Not much money but good \vork, last three years. "Three, four months ago," Dany continues, "Mr. Anderson--producer for Mr. Disney-he sees my picture on magazine cover, ask for film on me. He see, like, then come screen lest in London. Suddenly I in Hollywood, sludy English, make Moon Pilot. I play girl from moon. My accent no matter. Who know how moon people talk? .Backto Paris "Now, for French girl," Dany delightfully declares, "I am rich. Disney pay good money [approximately $300 a week], but still I no live in Hollywood. I go hack to Paris where I live in poor district, Montmartre, with poor people. I give my parents some money. Rich people makes me feel bad. I love poor people because I one for so long. That is the truth about Dany Saval. You write him." · " MOISTURE PROOF your boby against diaper irritation ! " Protects like oil- soothes like powder! See for yourself. Smooth Z. B. T. Baby Powder on palm of hand,sprinkle with water. See how it runs off without penetrating 7,. B. T.'s protective shealh. There's proof t h a t Z. B. T. Baby Powder with Olive Oil repels irritation- causing moisture, where ordinary baby powders absorb it. Guard your baby's tender skin against urine scald, diaper rush by using Z. B. T. Baby Powder after every bath and diaper change! 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