Independent from Long Beach, California on October 2, 1966 · Page 139
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 139

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, October 2, 1966
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Sunday, Oct. 2, 1966 That Girl's' Boyfriend (See Page 7) TELEVISION LOG OF THE EVENING NEWS AND THE INDEPENDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM] By BERT RESNIK IV «d RiJIs Edit. LKR WHITNEY currently has a lead TV role because she's computerized for sex appeal. She portrays Janice Rand in NBC-TV's (channel 4's) Thursday evening "Star Trek," but the computer blew its stack before she hit the outer space series. And talk about stack or stacked, Grace fills the bill with measurements of 36-24-36. They are measurements that even wore well in the trim uniform of a policewoman, which is where the computer enters the picture. The picture was "Police Story," a pilot film for a possible television series. Now one of the ways television executives have to see how probable is possible is with the use of a human- reaction laboratory. * * * THE HUMAN-REACTION laboratory, in physical appearance, looks like a small theater. People are invited into this theater for free. Their only obligation is to react to television pilots that have not been previously aired. In order to react, the audience is wired, asked to press buttons, write commentary and serve as guinea pigs for computers. It's all painless, however, and usually fun. When Grace, in her trim policewoman's uniform, appeared on the screen in "Police Story," the computers went to 100. And they don't go any higher. Turing to the detectives in the same scene, she said: "Coffee, anyone?" A detective replied: "Sorry, I never go to coffee with a judo instructor." Parried Grace: "Two falls out of three?" That's all she said. The computers didn't go higher than 100, but they tried. "Police Story" didn't sell but Grace did. She was snapped up for the "Star Trek" series. * * * GRACE, OK COURSE, is not unaware that sex appeal is one of her principal acting tools. In the movie "Irma la Douce," for example, she played Kiki the Cossack, the girl with the boots and a mini-skirt. She was a lady of the night. In the f i l m "Some I,ike It Hot," she was one of the voluptous 14 fcmines selected to cram into an upper berth with the late Marilyn Monroe and a womanly-disguised Jack I.emmon. It was supposed to be a drunken party scene in the upper berth and director Billy Wilder had a pitcher of martinis waiting for the girls when they started shooting at 8 a.m. "We all got stoned," recalled Grace. "We all had to be sent home by noon." It look four days, the last three without martinis, to finally get the scene shot to Wildcr's satisfaction. On the stage, Graco has used her sex appeal in "Barber Song," a production where she came out and sang: "I used to believe in the days I was pure, and I was pure--like you used to be--heh, heh!" There wern't any computers in this audience, but Grace didn't need mathematics to see that the "message lyrics knocked all the people out." * * * IN TELEVISION, she once had a vamp scene where the actor got "so shook, they couldn't get a take." The actor, who apparently didn't hear the director shouting, "Cut," kept on kissing Grace. He also kept on missing cues. , Currently, the actor, who shall remain unnamed, is the star of his own television series. It is a series which plays down romance aspects. With all this sex appeal jazz going for her, Grace is puzzled about some phases of her off-screen life. "I usually go home from parties by myself;"- she said. GRACE LEE WHITNEY OF 'STAR TREK' "Either men are afraid of me or think I wouldn't want to have anything to do with them. "Oh well, a guy who feels that way I wouldn't want anyway. It has got to be a man, not a little boy." There's another phase of her off-screen life that particularly pleases her. She's a singer and has no trouble getting weekend club dates. Many a bandleader, in one way or another, has told hen "I can't go wrong with you. The men . dig-yoii'arid the .women like-yoiu'! . . It's the part about the women liking her that gratifies Grace. She works at it. "If I can show them I'm not interested in their husbands, that I really want them to enjoy themselves, to laugh, to sing, then they're with me. "When wives dance by with their husbands, rather than flirt with the men, I smile very endearingly at the women. I really want women to like me." And they do. She has the computer* ', to prove it ·: . .' '. ' , , . i ·

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