The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 29
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 29

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 16, 1996
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; Wednesday, October 16,1996 No goodbye in this girl The days of Oscar nominations are gone, but Marsha Mason isn't By HARPER BARNES «Sf. Louis Post-Dispatch In the early 1980s, Marsha Ma8on was divorced from playwright Neil Simon and turned 40. Neither of those events was likely to boost her career: Three of her four Oscar nominations had come for movies based on Simon's plays, arid the, market for movie actresses over 40, then as now, was bearish. Mason is not one to sit and wait for the phone to ring. "In a way, I had to learn to have a fuller life," she said, cheerfully. "Because if I sat around waiting for parts ..." She finished the sentence with a shrug. Mason was at the Toronto Film Festival as one of the stars of "2 Days in the Valley," a darkly comic tale of love and death in the San Fernando Valley.." So, she was asked, what do you do between movies? "Oh," she said, "I went back to the theater. And I'm writing a book about my life. And, of course, I race cars, and I farm." You do what? "I have a farm in Abiquiu, N.M., north of Santa Fe, and we're going to grow medicinal herbs," she said. "And I race sports cars. I started seven years ago, and I do pretty well. I finished second in my division two years ago." Back in the '60s, Mason went from her hometown of St. Louis to New York and became a Broadway star in the musical "Cactus Flower." She became a major success on both stage and screen. She was voted the best dramatic actress of the year for 1973, and was nominated for an Academy Award for playing a hooker who becomes romantically involved with James Caan in "Cinderella Liberty." In October of that year, she met Neil Simon at an audition for his play "The,Good Doctor." Simon's first wife had recently died. Mason was divorced from actor Gary Campbell. Twenty-two days after they met, she and Simon were married, and she was the inspiration for (as well as the star of) several of his plays and movie scripts, such as "The Goodbye Girl." They were divorced after 10 years. Mason has not remarried. "When I was first approached about writing a book," Mason recalled, "they just wanted me to write about Neil, and I wasn't interested. But then Simon & Schuster came along and said, no, we think you've led an interesting life." In "2 Days in the Valley," Mason plays Audrey, a lonely woman who gives Teddy Pepper, a suidical movie director, some reason to live. Ironically, the movie director is played by actor-director Paul Mazursky, who directed Mason in her first significant feature film, the comedy "Blume in Love." "When they told me the list of people in the movie, it sounded good, and when they said Paul Mazursky, would play Teddy Pepper, I got excited," she said. The cast includes Jeff Daniels, Eric Stoltz, Teri Hatcher and Danny Aiello. What, she was asked, is more intimidating, acting or auto racing? "They are both scarier than hell," she said. "And with acting it never gets any easier. I think it gets harder. I remember Laurence Olivier said he got to a point where he couldn't go on the stage. "I've been pretty lucky over the years, treated well by the critics, and I had the arrogance to think I couldn't be hurt by a review." Then, she re- Assodated press Marsha Mason said goodbye to the source of much of her successful career when she divorced Nell Simon In the early 1980s after 10 years of marriage. These days she's racing cars, writing a book about her life and starring In the movie *2 Days In the valley.* called, she starred in the recent "I've got to get back to it," she said. Broadway revival of Tennessee . men T look back x realize I got WiUiams' "Night of the Iguana." mto it when ^ work started to slow After opening night, she read Vincent Canby's review in The New York Times. "And he dismissed me. He just dismissed me. It's very tough, the hit your confidence takes the night after that review. You walk on stage and you think everyone in the audience has that review in their lap." What with movie work, and the Williams play, and working on the memoir, Mason said she hadn't had a chance to race her Mazda RX7 since January. down, and I needed to throw myself into somethOing as challenging as the work I used to do." Mason drives as an amateur in Sports Car Club of America races, where there is much less pressure than in the professional-level racing done by her friend Paul Newman. Still, zipping around a road course at speeds up to 150 miles an hour is not exactly a carriage ride through Central Park. Caruso to get small Back to TV after films flop LOS ANGELES — David Caruso has gotten the thumbs-up to return to television after getting the thumbs-down at the box office. Caruso was able to break a contract and leave ABC's "NYPD Blue" two years ago only after agreeing that he not work in television again until 1998. But producer Steven Bochco and ABC have cleared Caruso to star in a new legal drama for CBS next season, Daily Variety reported. The series will feature Caruso as a crusading lawyer modeled after former federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani. She seeks justice Berry fears jock husband LOS ANGELES — Halle Berry says she fears her estranged husband David Justice and is seeking a restraining order against him. The actress whose movies include "Boomerang" and currently "The Rich Man's Wife," sought the order a day after Justice showed up at the Hollywood home they once shared. Justice, an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, says he's no threat to the actress and merely wanted to pick up some clothing. "I would never threaten that girl," he said in an interview on "American Journal". "I just want to wish her the best and all I want is just to sepa- The suit! The suit! Montalban sues over show LOS ANGELES — The profits! The profits! A judge on Thursday refused to dismiss Ricardo Montalban's lawsuit against Columbia Pictures over proceeds from television's "Fantasy Island." Montalban, 75, says the studio denied him 5 percent of the show's net profits. Montalban's lawyers also are trying to begin the trial in January instead of April because of the actor's age and failing health.Montal- ban starred in the show from 1978 to 1984 as island host Mr. Roarke, whose sidekick Tattoo would shout "The plane, the plane!" to announce the arrival of guests. PIPl yp^.pas^g, you'll find someone in Connection Line to share your interest. Whether for '-i friend, a companion or a sweetheart, Connection Line can help you find that i. You're sure to sport a smile when you find the one you're looldng for. > ? avg, call 3 min. service. CON ^ u » t- • i t1

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