SUNDAY, A P R I L 27, 1975 e hosts special (Sec Page 8) .. TELEVISION LOG OF THE INDEPENDENT PRFSS TELr.GRAM AND THE HVF.N1NG NIJWS | By BOB MARTIN TV-Radio Editor Any young lady who orders onion soup -- for dessert -- has to be considered as more than just another pretty face; Right? Right. And that's exactly what Rosemary Forsyth did the other day at lunch in Beverly Hills. The young waiter at Maison Gerard was horrified. In his best English-withra- Frcnch-accent, he attempted to talk her out of it. But Rosemary was not to be denied. Soon the waiter returned with a small cup of onion soup. But the portion was too small and had no cheese .on top. The waiter was sent back to the kitchen for another try. " . Eating onion soup for dessert,: Miss Forsyth assured me, is not the normal thing for her to do. In fact, she said, this was a first. It's just that onion soup was what most appealed to her at the moment. , . . . . . . ' Â· . , ' Â· : Heads hail turned when rRosemary entered the restaurant. She's tall .(5-9) and; slender, with blonde fiair cut" very ; short (much shorter than .in the accompanying photo) and a strikingly at-. tractive face. If you didn't know who she was, you'd surely take her to be a model or an actress, or both. WELL, SHE USED to be a. fashion model in New York and she has been a leading lady in movies and on television/ for 10 years, though she has not gone to . the trouble of working as often as some' actresses do. Â·:-... A decade, ago, when she was starting her movie career as a 21-year-old at Universal..Studios, Rosemary drew comparisons, from some writers, with such screen beauties as Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman. In her first film, "Shenandoah" (1965),.she had the leading female role as,the'daughter of James Stewart in the tale of a family caught up in the Civil War. (She married Doug McClufe in the film, she recalled.) . . , She made such a good impression in her first role that she was given a star-, ring part with Charlton Heston in her sepond one, called "The War Lord." As a peasant girl in the llth Century, she' caught the eye of the war lord, which only goes to show that even in those days therejme better ftings to do than fight.,' '- r Rose mWy-.'wefÂ§% and is^mbre than just another pretty face, however. She has Confidence in her ability as an actress, and is eager to tackle more than just glamour roles. She has done just that in her latest film, a TV.movie titled "My Father's House," which is due to air June 1 on ABC. In it, she plays the wife of Cliff Robertson and the mother of three children -- the oldest of whom, she pointed out, is 19. "YOU PLAY the mother of a 19-year- old?" I inquired in disbelief. "Yes, t h e y made me up to look older," replied the young actress who is just out of her 20s. .She termed the "role "the most satisfying part I've ever played." And that takes in leading female roles in seven theatrical movies, two earlier TV movies and numerous TV guest-starring roles. "My Father's House" tells the story of a man (played by Robertson) who suffers a heart attack and is led to reexamine what's important in life. Flashbacks take him back to the days spent with his own father, played by Robert 'Preston. ' . . Miss Forsyth said the movie has everything -- drama, humor, pathos. She recommends it highly. EARLIER THIS season on television, Rosemary has appeared in two episodes Â· of "Mannbc" and one episode each of "Pelrocelli" and "Rung Fu." O'n "Mannix" she portrayed a breezy, funky photographer and "a lovely lady who tells lies -- they don't know she's a villain until the end." On "Petrocelli," she played a woman suspected of murder, and on "Kung Fu" she was a farm woman who hired star David Carradine . to work for her. "I wore, no makeup -- I never looked better," she said. Over the years, though, t h e tall blonde has been seen most often as a beautiful girlfriend or wife. "Why, 5 even'- : played Mozart's wife in a. TV drama once," she recalled. "It was done' live in New York,.and I remember I had longhair that fell into the coffee cup." - Â· She was the girlfriend o( both Dean Martin and Alain Dclon in the movie "Texas Across the River"; the girlfriend and, later, wife of David Janssen in V,Where r It's Afl;the girlfriend ot-Dick, Van' Dykfe irr.^Som'e'Kuid' of ROSEMARY FORSYTH . . . stars in new TV movie wife of Jackie Gleaspn's son in "How Do I Love Thee," and the girlfriend of Robert Fuller in "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?," with Ruth Gordon and Geraldine Page. In the TV movie "Brotherhood of the Bell" she played Glenn Ford's wife ("It was a super part -- I got to get hysterical"), and in the TV film "The Death of Me Yet" she was Doug McClure's wife. In real life, Rosemary is the wife of Ron Wafanch, a Los Angeles area builder to whom she has been married since 1972. They have a two-story home in Bel Air, for which she did the interior designing; she also is an adviser on some of his other projects. Miss Forsyth earlier was married to actor-producer Michael Toland, by whom she has an -year-oId daughter, and in . between marriages was the girlfriend of David Janssen. "IS IT DIFFICULT to combine marriage and an acting career?" I asked. "Yes, it is v e r y difficult," she replied, citing the long hours and frequent traveling involved in acting. "So what's the solution?" I wanted to know. "Stay loose -- or don't get married," came the reply. , . , She said she doesn't consider, herself dreamed of being one. "If I wanted to be- any kind of star, it would be an opera Â· "Â·.Â· star," she told me. "That's what I first;" wanted to be, and it still would seem the.- best." She pointed out that her parents were opera and theater buffs, and she-" was exposed to both at an early age. Â· Â· Rosemary was born in Montreal, but . moved to New York at age 2 and grew up~ T -_ in Manhattan. She a t t e n d e d publics schools through the first year of higrT'-- school, then went to a boarding school at':"-' Stockbridge, Mass., for three years. She':-;went to New York University for a while,, v but quit to work as a high fashion model Â·_.. (her mother had been a Powers model wr'c. years) and to study drama. 'Â·'.-_- "I hated modeling -- it was so bor-? ing," she said. ''Â·'Â·' Her first professional acting came in;-'. TV commercials in New York ("I was the"Â·. first Certs girl -- you know, click-click"), and then came roles in TV shows produced in New York before Hollywood beckoned at an early age. She recently got a new agent and is eager to devote more time than ever to acting. "What do you see in your future?" I asked. "\Vork, work, work," she replied. ,Wi.th .maybe a little o n i o n . soup . J ,wheh.evefsheJecls irithe mood!,'.'.'. ; f . V .
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