The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, Feb. 2,1986 Page 2 Tattletales Whatever became of the plan to publish the autobiography of the great Marlene Dietrich? Will it ever come off the press? — S.L. Some time ago, the progress of Marlene's self- confessional was one of the most watched items in the publishing world. The original manuscript was submitted to a big New York publisher, and promptly shelved. It seems that Marlene — who often treats her past with great imagination (even her age is a matter of conjecture; perhaps 84)—produced a "tame" book with no spice. And non-controversial autobiographies, even by La Dietrich, have a way of not selling. So it was back to the drawing board. Latest word from Marlene's Paris home is that she is now rewriting the original manuscript. Maybe she'll get around to telling us how old she really is. Marlene Dietrich Judith Light, who plays the "boss" on ABC's "Who's the Boss" sitcom, admits she is pretty good at breaking promises to herself. "When I started out as an actress in New York, I was like all the other young idealists I hung out with— I agreed that no matter how broke I was, I'd never work on a soap opera because if you deserted the thea-tuh, you were not a true artist," she says. "But when I was offered a part in 'One Life to Live' I decided high ideals didn't pay the rent, and took it." She also vowed not to forsake New York for California (she moved west to film the soap opera) and not to marry an actor (she married Robert Desiderio, a former soap opera co-star). "My only mistake was to go public with the promises I made to myself," she says. "When opportunities come along you have to approach them with an open mind — you simply can't reject them because of prejudices you formed years ago when you didn't have enough information." Is it really true that Sammy Davis Jr. is telling friends he's decided to quit show business after his recent bout of hip surgery? — U.P. I must say that Sammy had me believing that — just for a moment. Davis, who turned 60 on Dec. 8, had been recuperating at home when he told me that "I don't even miss" show business. After all, Sammy has been hoofing it for a living since he was a small child. But in early January, I learned Davis was slated to turn up on TV's "Tonight Show." After that he was scheduled to begin a nightclub engagement in San Diego. Sammy is constitutionally unable to keep out of the spotlight for very long. Sammy Davis Jr. i'V Is Billy "Marvelous" Crystal really serious about dropping his comedy career to star in tough action- oriented movies? — A.R. Billy Crystal Billy tells me he'd be crazy to get out of the comedy business, especially after his red-hot stints on "Saturday Night Live." But he'd like to mix things up professionally. That's why he was in Chicago recently co-starring with Gregory Hines in an action film titled "Running Scared." The two play offbeat Chicago cops who get involved in a host of whacky crime-fighting situations. It's not a comedy; in fact, the picture is quite physically demanding. Crystal, 37, admits he worked out for months before the shooting to get into shape. Madolyn Smith Madolyn Smith often blushes when asked about her first movie role in "Urban Cowboy." The story is part of her official bio, but it seems more like a fairy tale than the truth. Here's the story: Smith was appearing in the John Houseman- directed "All's Well That Ends Well" during her senior year at the University of Southern California when she met Jim Bridges, who was just coining off his success as director of" The China Syndrome." Houseman, her mentor, told her that Bridges was considering her for a starring role in "Urban Cowboy" opposite John Travolta. Six weeks later, in the middle of term papers and finals, she got a call to read for a part. She got a 2 p.m. appointment to meet Bridges at Paramount Studios on the same day as her commencement exercises. Thanks to a friend with a fast car, she got her diploma and the job all on the same day. The fairy tale ended quickly after the movie, however. She didn't work again for 18 months. The actor's strike and other problems compounded her bad luck. Finally she decided to go back into theater productions without pay. "The minute I did something for myself, and went to work for the joy of acting, things started to happen for me, and I haven't been in trouble since," she says. She stars as Tra.cy Whitney in Sidney Sheldon's "If Tomorrow Comes" mini-series slated on CBS in March. Her new role is like "recess" played out against a European playround that included locations in Cannes, Nice, Cap Ferat, Amsterdam, Edam and London. "When I first took this part, I thought, 'I'm going to be a soap opera queen, I could be a TV star'... but without sounding ungrateful, none of that appeals to me," she says. "I value my privacy and my personal life too much." For now, Smith is happy to live in her small apartment in Hollywood and enjoy what she calls "a wonderful level of recognizability. "There are months and months that go by when nobody knows who I am... they only think I'm someone," she says. "Then I'll do a movie and someone will come up to me and say something. They'll get embarrassed, and then I'll get embarrassed because they're embarrassed. Anyway, it's never overwhelmed me and never gotten in my way." Jacqueline Onassis Your column is full of surprises. We had no idea Jacqueline Onassis was dating a married man. Is he rich and does he have childlren? Is he getting divorced?—L.D. Jackie's most constant escort, Maurice Temp- lesman, is separated from his wife, although the separation did come after he started seeing her. There children are grown and yes, Mr. T is rich. I have heard no talk of either his getting a divorce or of marrying Jackie. There are religious difference, which may or may not matter. His family is Orthodox Jewish and, of course, Jackie is Catholic. Templesman is a charming, urbane man but don't think this is the romance of the century, as they both see other people constantly. Can you tell us if Michele Lee, the actress on "Knots Landing," is of Italian extraction or is she Jewish? — A.G. Everybody thinks Michelle is Italian, but the confusion probably stems from the fact that she was married for many years to an actor of Italian ancestry, James Farentino. He's now married to someone else. Michele, meanwhile, is dating a series of high-powered movie and television executives. For the record, Lee was born 43 years ago under the name of Michele Dusiak. She is Jewish. Michelle Lee Rock Hudson Author Sara Davidson may be having a much harder time than she expected researching the book she is doing on the late Rock Hudson. A lot of Rock's friends have refused to talk to her. Hollywood is not always loyal to friends who have died, and the posthumous books written are usually thejuciest. However, in Hudson's case there is loyalty as he died with courage. Of course, some Los Angeles men are not anxious to have the world think they knew Hudson all too well and hence might have AIDS.
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