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The Burlington Free Press from Burlington, Vermont · Page 27

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Thursday, August 18, 1977
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Two Sisters Have 'the Recipe' By JIMMY JOHNSON Gannett Ntwi Strvict HOLLYWOOD No matter where Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb go, people ask them for the recipe for "The Recipe." But they say they'll never tell. And while they may be the two most popular "bootleggers" in the country, neither has sold a bottle of "shine," skimmed "corn sweezin," or cooked any mash. Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb are the Baldwin Sisters Miss Emily and Miss Mamie, respectively of the CBS television show, "The Waltons." "I was born and grew up in Milfford, Mich.," Miss Jackson said. "It is a small town of about 1,000 people, and I began my adult life with every intention of being a country school teacher. My first job as a school teacher was in Milford at the Stephens School. It was a one-room school with all eight grades in the same room. I taught all eight grades, had about 37 students and I had students who were older than I. "I was only 17 at the time and wasn't suppose to be teaching school, but they kept me on until 1 earned enough money to attend West Michigan University and study drama under Laura V. Shaw. After college, I went right into stock and have been acting ever since." Miss Kleeb also grew up in a small town; she was born in South Bend, Wash., a lumber town off Willapa Harbor where her father was in the lumber business. "We were very poor," she chuckled. "I can remember we lived in this large two-story, white house with a porch all around. "People were always coming to our house, thinking it was a hospital. Because of that, I did my first bit as an elocutionist. At the age of 5, 1 pretended I couldn't climb the stairs. I did it so well my mother said: 'Your act's a good one.' "I grew up very unsophisticated. I had never seen any theater, but I was always thumbing through books at the library, looking for lines and poems I could use, because I put together a pretty good club act by that I don't mean nightclub. I mean Rotary, Kiwanis or any other club or organization that would let me get up in front of them and do my act. "My first introduction to the theater was the Chautauqua stage. My grandparents took me to see my first Chautauqua and from that day on my dream was to be on the stage. "So when I graduated from high school, my dad asked if I would like to attend college. I said 'No!' I wanted to attend the Ellison-White Conservatory in Portland. So my mother wrote me a check, put me on the bus and sent me off to Portland. "It didn't take me long to find out that I belonged in the drama department." "The Waltons" will begin its sixth season this fall. However, the show will be without Richard Thomas, who plays John-Boy Walton, and Ellen Corby, Grandma Walton. Thomas is going on to other things after five years with the show. And Miss Corby still is suffering the effects of a severe stroke. But all the other characters who were created by Earl Hamner will be back, among them the Baldwin Sisters. Casting the parts of Mamie Baldwin and Emily Baldwin was a major task for Hamner and pro ducer Robert Jacks. It had been awhile since Miss Kleeb had done anything, so she had decided to visit her mother and sister in Oregon, leaving phone numbers with her agent where she might be reached in the event "something good comes up." But her agent never called until about a half hour after the Kleebs had left to drive home. Her agent was sure she had missed out on a good part, but convinced Hamner and Jacks to see her. Their first visit was a short one. They talked about the show and the characters. At that time she was being considered for Emily. Two days later, she was called back again. This time they allowed her to read, but it was for the part of Miss Mamie. She was even called back a third MAD i i ooys a weeK HERBIE goes to MONTE CARLO o-faturing NEVtR A DULL MOMENT Showtim appro. 8:1 0 ORCA the WHALE Today thru Tues. Matinees daily 2 pm fZT ci ST. MICHAEL'S PLAYHOUSE TONIGHT AT 8:30 "EVERYBODY LOVES OPAL" A comedy by John Patrick Tickets: '5.00 tax included Telephone for reservations 655-2000, ext. 2507 Air Conditioned OOOOOOOOOOO o rur tea re U Illli I hit THIS WEEK O O o o o SASS o o o o o r THURS. FRI., SAT. Z W SUNDAY "NIMBUS" T? O OPEN 8 P.M. V A LAKE ST., ST. ALBANS OOOOOOOOOO LIMITED TIME OFFER KD INSTALLATION FEE '2$? Now you can have your HBO installed for only $500 SAVE 75 Call GREEN MOUNTAIN CABLE TV today 658-3050 Offer expires Aug. 1 9th ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT. 8 Gannett News Service Photo HELEN KLEEB, LEFT, AND MARY JACKSON they're the moonshine-making sisters of 'The Waltons' time, but this time she met Mary Jackson there. It wasn't their first meeting. Their first was in the unemployment line, where they got to know each other rather well. Miss Jackson informed Miss Kleeb that she, too, had been called in, after weeksof trying to get an interview, to read for the part of Miss Mamie. "I was rather aggravated because the casting director had said I couldn't play comedy," Miss Jackson said. "After working with people like Mary Tyler Moore, Shirley Booth and Bert Lahr, I was rather insulted. I'm a professional and knew the part of Emily was right for me. "I never in my life got a part the way I got this one. I knew I was right for Emily, but they had me read for Mamie. When I got the call that I had got the part, I still thought it was Mamie and that the studio people were confusing me with someone else. When they finally told me I was Emily, I asked who was Mamie and they said Helen Kleeb. It's the first time I ever got a part I didn't read for." The most controversial American hero of our time . . . and one hell of a man. 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