The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 26, 1986 · Page 38
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 38

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 26, 1986
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Tattletales The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 26,1986 Page 2 Is there any truth to the rumor that veteran actress Irene Dunne had affairs with many of her Hollywood leading men, including Gary Grant?—L.P. I can't imagine what you're talking about. Dunne, who turned 81 on Dec. 20 and was honored about then by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, had a relatively short movie career, lasting from 1930 until her early retirement in 1952. She did, however, receive five Oscar nominations in that time. Dunne married Dr. Francis Griffin, a New York dentist! in 1928, and the marriage lasted until his death in 1965. At no time was she ever once romantically linked to any other male, film star or otherwise. Irene did co-star opposite Grant in "My Favorite Wife," but the two were never lovers. Irene Dunne Kris Kristoff erson Fans of Kris Kristofferson will get to see his "new" look on "Blood and Orchids," a CBS miniseries in late February. Gone is the long hair, full beard, T-shirt, jeans and thong sandals. His normal attire just didn't fit his role as a police detective of the mid-1930s. One aspect of his changed appearance that tickled Kristofferson was its youthfulness. "I didn't know I was so young until I scraped it off (the beard)," says Kristoff erson. "I took my son into the bathroom with me while I shaved off the foliage. I was afraid that otherwise the little guy wouldn't know it was me. He's never seen me without the whiskers before." Who is Brooke Shields seeing these days? —M.N. Brooke is most often in the company of her mother- manager Ten at both professional and social functions. But the younger Shields does step out occasionally in private. No, she's not going out with either Michael Jackson or John Travolta. Those dates were arranged primarily for publicity purposes. At a posh private dinner recently, Brooke seemed to have eyes only for David Manulis, the son of highly- regarded TV and film director Martin Manulis. This new romance seems to be worth watching. Brooke Shields Barbara Stanwyck Our local newspaper's monthly trivia quiz posed a real trick question, asking readers the titles of two movies in which Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck appeared together. I can't thing of even one, let alone two such films. Do you know? —G.E. That's easy. Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck shared the screen in a 1930s version of Edna Ferber's beloved novel, "So Big." During the following decade, each popped up in "Hollywood Canteen," an all-star movie glorifying the home-front war effort. Actor Tony Curtis got more than a new job out of the filming of "The Last of Philip Banter." Curtis fell in love with Madras, India, where the f Urn was shbt and decided he wanted to keep in touch with the city. He decided to buy the old Turkish embassy on the outskirts of town and turn it into a hotel. He'll keep a large apartment in the hotel for his own use. Tony Curtis Wayne Rogers is best known as the likeable, irreverent Trapper John in "M*A*S*H" and as the wisecracking Dr. Charlie Michaels in "House Calls," both comedy series on CBS. When he was offered the part of a coach in "One Terrific Guy," a new CBS movie, he turned the part down. The film is a fictional account of a high school coach who has been inducing female students to participate in bogus sex research. Rogers changed his mind, however, after discussing the role with a psychiatrist. "Coach Brennan never considers for a moment that what he is doing is wrong," Rogers says. "In his mind, he seriously believes that he is helping these „. _ girls with their problems." Wayne Rogers Rogers admits he had to ask his daughter if it would bother her to see him playing such a reprehensible character. "Listen, Daddy, if you play a king, nobody's going to kneel before you. If you play the president, you're not going to start fighting with Congress," she said. "So if you play this guy, nobody's going to think you're a sex offender." Playing the "bad guy" brings Rogers full circle in his career. He used to play a lot of what they call "dog heavies, where you were just out and out rank. No saving graces, no apologies, just bad," he says. Viewers may remember him on such shows as "The FBI," where he not only kidnapped a young girl, but, when his partner panicked, he "beat him up and blew him away." "The truth is, if you're an actor, you're an actor," he says. "I've played farce, villains, classics, high comedy—that's what you do. ' 'I'm interested in doing this kind of material. It has something to say, it's socially relevant, it's psychologically interesting, and it's interesting from an acting point of view. "That combines the best of everything." E.G. Marshall Two-time Emmy Award winner E.G. Marshall is not one to shy away from controversy. That's why he jumped at the chance to play an aggressive U.S. secretary of state in "Under Siege," an upcoming NBC drama that deals with America's response to terrorism at home. "I never hesitated in taking this role for one minute," Marshall says. "It isn't every day that a script like this comes along. Sure it's controversial, as well it should be. "But that's what's important about it. It stops and makes you think. That's what good theater and film is all about—thinking. I'm proud to be in this picture. I just hope it's well received by the public." Marshall's character doesn't agree with other cabinet members about the correct way to handle the terrorism incidents. "I think it's pretty well known that the president and members of Congress are very well prepared against terrorism of any kind. It can happen. We know that. They know that. The film merely dramatizes this fact. "But what's also very important in the film is the behind-the-scenes look at what can happen in the White House during a crisis. "Here you have the president totally dependent on the advice of his cabinet. He's isolated at a critical time. The only information he's getting is from with the administration. "Yet the system works because we have a balance of power in place. Checks and balances. The president just can't go off and make decisions by himself. He has to consult people. And these people all have a particular point of view. "In the end, of course, he has to make the final decision, right or wrong. That's what this movie is ultimately about. But the system doesn't collapse. I think that's the important message here." Despite his jokes about being constantly drunk, Dean Martin is said to be one of the richest men in Hollywood. What's the source of all the money? — S.F. Martin may not be one of the richest of Hollywood's show business figures, but he's certainly a very wealthy man. The source of the money is those TV specials Dean made for many years for NBC television. The network, in 1974, bought the rights to all those programs, paying Dean in the stock of NBC's parent company, RCA. When RCA was sold recently at a fat price to General Electric, the value of Martin's holdings appreciated sharply. Dean Martin

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