Independent from Long Beach, California on October 8, 1973 · Page 17
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 17

Long Beach, California
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Monday, October 8, 1973
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SOCIALLY SPEAKING Spotli ht on nosta ^··'^kmm^ f m COMBINING Her two loves, fishing and golf, Paula Gibson takes to the lake on the Virginia Country Club golf course for a little of both, ignoring a nearby sign that reads "fishing, swimming, loitering strictlv prohibited." ' Staff photo by KENT HENDERSON Life/style INDEPENDENT (AMI Joyce C h r i s t e n s e n , E d i t o r PRESS-TELEGRAM [PM\-B-7 Long Btich, OIK. Man., Del. I, 1171 By CAROLYN MeDOWELL After a lapse of more than 30 years, the lady 1 Long Beach friends know as Paula Gibson is signing autographs again. When she came to this country from France as a World War II bride, she left behind her life as Pola Illery, a young Rumanian girl who had appeared in 16 movies and starred in many of them. Pola Illery came to life again a few weeks ago when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the American Film Institute opened a film festival at the museum honoring the famous director, Rene Clair. To the industry and old movie b u f f s , he is considered one of the all time greats in the art of directing, especially the foreign f i l m s he made in the 30's. Some of his American successes which you might recall were "I Married a Witch" in 1942 and "And Then There Where None" in 1945. But this story is about his leading lady in several foreign films. O N E OF THE FILMS chosen for the double feature the second evening of the festival was Glair's "Sous Les Toits Be Paris" (Beneath the Roofs of Paris). It starred Albert Prejcan and -- Pola - - or Paula as she prefers now that she is thoroughly American. Well, not entirely American, the petite -- perhaps adorable is the word best suited to describe this lady -- still speaks with a charming French accent, punctuated with typical Gallic gestures. Paula in a white theater suit and white mink to compliment her brunette coloring attended the festival with a party of friends including Bill B r y a n t , Vcrn and Corrine Fay, Clyde and Leone Smith and the Vicomtesse Marceline de la Poterie. When she was introduced to a standing ovation and presented with a sheaf of red roses, her stage presence returned and she was home in the limelight once again. During intermission, she was delight- fully surprised when members of the audience came to her seeking autographs. She was momentarily abashed when she- realized she had forgotten how to spell Illery. illery was a stage name derived from her real surname, Illiesco. During World War II she changed her name again with marriage to a dashing American Air Corps major, Charles Grenier, whom she met in the Paris studio of the f a m o u s sculptor, Brancusi. By then she had left the screen in favor of driving an ambulance as her contribution to her a d o p t e d country. France. FOR M A R R I A G E , she traded her glamorous l i f e , dates with m a h a r a j a s , social life in what was then European Cafe Society and making films with such as Charles Boyer and Maurice Chevalier. Although she appeared in a film with · Chevalier, she never met him as their scenes were filmed separately. She shared the lead in "I,e Qualorze Juillet" (The 14th of July) another festival selection, with Annabella, who later became well known in A m e r i c a n films. Paula traveled to Berlin for glittering opening nights of her movies and to Spain for dreary locations for the filming, living in pensions with the bath down the hall even though she was the star. She came to this country to be just another American housewife. But it was not to be. Her bridegroom of a few months was killed in an accident while still on duty with the Air Corps. She heard that her old friend and mentor, Rene Clair, was working in Hollywood, so she came west to visit him. He had already returned to France. So she took a home in Topanga Canyon to start a new life. It was there that she discovered a passion for gardening which continues to this day. One cold and drizzly, day, she donned a moth-eaten man's sweater o v e r faded slacks and went out to "dig." She did not know that the Air Corps officer who had been best man at her wedding was on his way to visit her and "cheer her up", bringing a fellow officer THE .MOOD of elegance is reflected by Mrs. Anthony M u r r a y wearing a white satin evening gown with black chantilly lace bodice designed by Jay Korbin for Malcolm Stan- Boutique. It will be among fashions shown at Lawyers' Wives annual style show. whom he had enticed by saying he would get to meet a "gorgeous and famous movie star." So, with mud on her face, and more oozing between her toes, the famous movie star met her f u t u r e husband, Jim Gibson. D U R I N G THE 17 years the marriage lasted, t h e Gibsons settled in P a l o s Verdes where Paula still lives. She established a garden with seeds in one hand and a hoe in the other. The hoe was also to d e s t r o y an occasional rattlesnake which visited her tomatoes, beans, chives, corn and you name it vegetable patch. During those years, she discovered golf, which is her f i r s t love with fishing and bridge finishing the order. Her golfing home is Virginia Country Club. When she finishes her almost daily round of golf, she often stays for a rubber or two of bridge. Among her golfing partners have been Lawrence Welk and Ruby Keeler, often at Bel Aire Country Club. Other d a y s find her on the rocks at the very end of the Alamitos Bay Jetty, soaking" up the sun and the salt spray. She catches fish. too. Her life is not all frivolity, however. Since 1956 she has been a volunteer at Harbor General Hospital. She is also active in the Peninsula Auxiliary to the Salvation Army. And, because of her close friendship w i t h t h e l a t e J o a n Bescos, works for St. M a r y ' s Hospital Guild's annual golf tournament honoring the memory of Mrs. Bescos. "How about movies today?" was the logical question I asked her at lunch the other d a y . "1 haven't seen a movie in yi rs" came the answer. "Although 1 do v itch them when they come on TV". "Too much explicit sex, in fact, the whole industry is X-rated." She laughed and commented that the si vie of clothes she wore in her movies was making a comeback so perhaps the mores of the old movies will make a comeback too. But Paula doesn'f think t h a t Pola will make a comeback. Staff photos by TO.VSM.AH' MRS. CLARK Heggeness, president of lawyers' wives, models a complete ensemble from Lilli Ann. Imported Italian double wool knit dress and coat are done in Chinese red with black piping. It's designed for woman who wants the classic look. Designer styles to go on view for law wives -Coming Attractions" featuring designer clothes from Chris Miller's Boutique will highlight 32nd annual Long Beach lawyers' Wives fashion show Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Long Beach Elks Club, 4101 E. Willow St. A social hour at 10:30 a.m. precedes luncheon at 11:30, with the parade of fashions scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Tickets at $10 each are available from chairman, Mrs. Anthony Murray, 4601 Cerritos Drive. Co-chairman of the fund-raising event is Mrs. Ted Sullivan. PALOS VERDES resident Pauls Gibson, then known by the screen name Pol ft Illery. starred in the 1930 production of "Sous Les Toits de Paris" (Beneath the Roofs of Paris), recently re-released for a Los Angeles County Museum of Art Him festival. Mature women encouraged to enter second career Today more and more older women are s t a r t i n g , or at least working up the courage to begin a new career. To this end. and also to help those women already into a secretarial position. Kelly Services has w r i t t e n a text-like m a n u a l entitled, "Second Career Guide." The guide is a fairly inclusive refresher of office skills, including typing test you can do at home to brush up. for the burgeoning office worker or for the person interested in refining present skills. "I know the word 'secretary' has a bad connotation today," said Charlotte Schwartz, general manager of Kelly Girls' Portland offices, in town recently to promote the new book. "But being a secretary to the person in ciiarge is very VIP. M a y b e the title should be changed to administrative assistant." Feminists hav complained t h a t secretarial work too often is a dead-end position, with the woman offered little incentive or opportunity for f u r t h e r advancement. To this Miss Schwartz replied: "If a woman feels qualified for her bosses job, and there's an opening, then she should just ask for it. "You can't have a negative attitude. That's part of the problem. Sometimes people don't really know what you do, your boss included. If you have a chance for advancement, then tell them of your abilities." MISS SCHWARTZ pointed out that she considers the present a wonderful time for women. "Business is in serious need of office workers. Skills are important. You can transfer anywhere if you have skills."she contended. She pointed out that women are afforded the same chance at advancement, p a r t i c u l a r l y at Kelly Services. "\Ve have male and female sales people." she said. "The next step is resident manager and both are eligible." She also noted that her company has women working alongside men in the labor division and men alongside women. As example she spoke of a rare man who had fantastic typing skills. "He could type 99 words a minute with no mistakes." At one time, she pointed out, her company would have had a difficult time placing him in an office position. "But now the offices could c a i e less as long as the person gets the work done." Making note of federal Labor Department statistics which show a need for an additional 240,000 secretaries, Miss Schwartz stated that this could be a prime opportunity for women who have let their skills go dormant for 15 to 20 years. "All that's necessary for them is a brush-up and that's why we've written this book, to help bridge the gap. Many changes have taken place in office procedure." THE BOOK POINTS out that many of the things, such as reading at the local beauty parlor or heavier tomes such as War and Peace, that you've been doing at home can be helpful to you in a pursuit of new skills. For instance the section on general typing tips notes that reading improves your typing speed. It also discusses tabulations, posture, and letter centering. Other at-home talents, such as organizational ability used with your local clubs or volunteer organizations, can prove helpful background for a new office career, the book notes. The guide includes tips on every office skill imaginable, from how to handle the mail, to handling visitors, to basic m a t h and percentages, to typing business forms. In conclusion, Miss Scbwart/,; pointed out the strong,, reassurance she'-, feels i v/oriM-.'taking the sometimes frightening plunge»into'- A ! iiew career ^pjfl'ahci'fears '*, "Many blcter women ha^yd'ap'pHlifjS that-thes can't compete 'vrilK'ihF.foff! secretaries. Thai's simply not true. v; "There is room for both-."---"*---1 "

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