Independent from Long Beach, California on April 3, 1966 · Page 209
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 209

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, April 3, 1966
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Sunday, April 3, 1966 Have Songs, Will Travel (See Page 6) {TELEVISION LOG'OF THE--EVENING NEWS' AND, THE .INDEPENDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM} By BERT RESNlK IV i«d ttt-t 14!* REIGNING Miss Teen, U.S.A., 19- year-old Susan Patricia Henning of Palos Verdes, lias convinced herself of the wisdom of one cliche. That cliche: "There's no business like show business." As far as Susan is concerend, show business is no business for her. It is not a feeling that originates with the queenly duties required of a Miss Teen. Those duties are fun. They'll include major participation this week in the Miss Teen telecasts at 5 p.m. Monday on channel 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on channel 9 and the wind-up at 10 p.m. Wednesday on channel 7 in COLOR. Nor does Susan's aversion to show business stem from making TV commercials, which she has been doing since she was 10 years old. The money from those commercials paid for the purchase of four Appaloosas horses. They're kept at the Palos Verdes ranch home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvan Henning, where Susan also lives. It has been Susan's rare excursions into TV drama, a bit part in a "Wagon Train," a role in a "Father Knows Best," two motion- picture appearances, that has left her with "bad feelings" toward acting. Such bad feelings, in fact, that she reports she turned down the lead in a fali series, "The Monkees," because she would have been required to sign a seven-year contract. "THERE JS A FAKENESS about many of the people in acting," said Susan, a former Long Beach State College student. "Everyone knows about the divorces that go on. "There are too many actors who just are not down-to-earth people who can go up on a mountain and look down at the ocean or sit in a field of daisies. "They can't enjoy the simple life." The "simple life," as Susan envisions it. is to be a wife and mother. "I want to sew my own curtains, make my own pillows and rugs, have plants all over the house. "I want to raise as many children as I can take care of. "A wife and mother who is also in show business can't have a happy family." Right now, although she has a steady hoy- friend, Susan isn't ready for marriage. She's having too much fun being a teen-ager. A graduate of Palos Verdes High, Susan, whose 19th birthday was in January, thinks teen-agers are "great." "WE'RE JUST LIKE adults were 20 or 30 or 40 years ago," she said. "We're the same now as they were then. Exactly." Adults who look with critical eye at the teen-age dances of today somehow have managed to mentally black out the "Roaring 20's stuff that topped ours'." Conceding she may be a bit prejudiced, the queen of the teens firmly believes her group is "a pretty good generation." Did becoming the queen change her in any significant way? Well, yes, It did. SUSAN PATRICIA HENNING, 'MISS TEEN, U, S. A.' "Before," said Susan, "I used to wear a sweatshirt and dungarees when I went to the supermart. "Now I wear a clean sweatshirt and clean dungarees." Throughout Susan's commercial and acting career, her parents have taken steps to see she did not significantly change in any swell-headed way. For one thing, they kept her in public schools rather than send her to professional institutions. For another thing, they judiciously used Susan's love for her horses to keep her levelheaded. On those rare occasions when Mrs. Henning thought Susan was showing a tendency to become a little uppish, the mother would order "Go out and clean the horse corral -every shovelful." The "every shovelful" procedure -- especially when there are four horses -- is guaranteed to bring down any uppishnesa,

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