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Pact Friday, July 8, 1977 THE MORNING HERALD. 1MGERSTOVVN. Lee Majors will stay with series HOLLYWOOD (UPI) The manager o( actor Lee Majors says Majors has agreed to go back lo work (or Universal studios and start shooting the "Six Million Dollar Man" series lor (he coming television season. Majors denied he held out for more money, according to his personal manager Jay Bernslcln who is also manager of the star's wife, Farrah Fawcelt Majors. At Universal, a studio spokesman would not confirm Bernstein's statement but Indicated the parties were close to agreement.

"We're very hopeful we will be able to make some announcement very soon," said lien Halpern, Universal's TV publicity chief. Miss Fawcett Majors has dropped out of the "Charlie's Angels" series and Bernslcjn said he had nothing lo announce about her situation. The couple went to Asia and Europe on a second honeymoon a few weeks ago instead ol reporting for work on the set lor shooting the fall series segments. Majors held out for recognition of his own production company, Kawcett Majors Productions, in relurn for resuming work on "Six Million Dollar Man." Universal sued him for failure to report but all litigation will be dropped, according to Bernstein. 'Both sides are happy," said Bernstein.

"This is the best kind of victory possible. Lee wanted creative opportunity rather than just being a character in a series. He Ml he bad a valid legal position and wanted to make Fawcett Majors Productions a viable entity lo make motion pictures for the theater and for TV. That has been accomplished." Fawcctl Majors Productions ivill become an independent producer in association with Universal, Bernstein said. 'J.

AP WneplKila Marlon Brando holds his Infant ion Superman In the film of the game name. 'Superman' takes to New York City NEW YORK (UPI) Lois Lane is convinced: Clark Kent is Superman. She'll throw herself from a window at the Daily Planet lo prove it. a i i a reporter do? Give away his identity? Tear off his glasses, his pinstripe suit and fly out to rescue her? Or will the Man of Steel resist her charms and carry on his fight against evil? Don't ask the film crew. Nobody's telling.

"You don't want to know that," chides Ilya Salkind. "It's a first day of filming In New York Thursday was anything but a secret. The street in front of the Daily News build ing (transformed for the day into the "Daily Planet" building) overflowed with a film crew of 160, reporters, public relations assistants and a few hopeful starlets. One woman, who regularly serves vegetable soup al the nearby Woolworth's, walked nonchalantly back and forth in front of the building sinking key. A vendor hawked the New York Daily Planet an offbeat tabloid printed near Union Square.

"Hey, Superman," he shouts lo actor Christopher Reeve. "Meet ya in a phone booth. Hen, heh." Reeve grimaces. "You know I think 'Superman' is going to catch a lot of people by surprise," said Reeve, 24, who was known as a serious Broadway actor before he accepted the fantasy role of Clark Kent-Superman. "Superman up '111 now has been stuck with the 'leaping from tail buildings' image.

But the movie is a real story. The comic book was a good slarl, but you can't get Into a cardboard figure. Our Superman is a real person. He comes from an alien planet and he has his problems. He falls in love and he has a full relationship." A a i i a in the bedroom? "Well, you'll see how it works out," he says.

"It is rated PG, though." The time is now. No early 40's newsroom and dress. That's obvious as Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) walks through a scene. Her stylishly long skirt is slit up to mid-thigh. "She's all 'Sweet-and-Low' around Clark, she's like she's on amphetamines the rest of the time," says Margot.

Salkind, the 2J-ycar-old producer who made a name for himself with his "Muskeeters" films, says the film funny but not campy. "You laugh with the characters, not at them." Superman is just like the rest of us, he says. "He's got problems. He's an alien in this world and yet he's Clark Kent, the ail-American guy, who falls in love." "Superman" has been filming since July 22 in a London studio, where the Planet Krypton was recreated and where Marlon Brando (Jorel) played Superman's falher. Three more months of filming are still ahead including some mugging scenes on New York City streets, a scene at Niagara Falls and more studio shoaling in London before (he f30 million film is released next summer.

But (he lady in Ibe lobby of the Daily News Building was not impressed. "Daily Planet, huh." she barumphed. "I didn't even like it as the Daily News." Linda one and 'purls 5 two (UPI) Linda Purl, the fragile beauty of (he new six hour "Testimony Two Men" television movie, has one of the strangest backgrounds of any young actress in town. Linda began her show business career in Japan at the lender age of 7 as the hostess of her own television show. It wasn't that Tokyo residents were all that crazy about Connecticut-bom moppets.

But Linda bad a special talent for a little girl. She spoke flawless English and was equally fluent in Japanese which she spoke with absolutely no accent. There aren't too many kids with those talents hanging around the Ginza. i a i i i a complishments when her parents made their permanent home in Tokyo. The blonde, blue- eyed mite was only 2 and learned Englsh and Japanese simultaneously.

"When I was 7 the Japanese television people were beginning an educational program to leach English and acquaint viewers with American points of view," Linda said. "They thought having a child as hostess of the show would be an attention getting gimmick. And it was. I worked with an adult Japanese man as a partner. "We'd deliver a dally grammar lesson and then perform a skit pertaining to American traditions." God-awful as it sounds, this dilly of a show had an astonishingly long run.

Seven years! It might still be a staple of Japanese television had not Linda's parents decided she needed a traditional American education. But during her years as a star of Japan's National Education Television network, Linda also worked in the Japanese theater and was signed to a contract by Toho Productions, the country's top entertainment company, Ltnda became Die only American to study at the prestigious.Toho Gaino Academy. She made her stage debut wiUi the National Theatre of Japan starring in their English version of "The Miracle Worker." The American girl found herself working In both Japanese and English speaking roles. She had little competition lor parts in Japanese productions. Few young Americans could handle the language.

"One theater in Tokyo presents productions in English for the foreign said. "1 was the only western person in the Toho Galno Academy. "During my years of work in Tokyo I never played a Japanese. The Toho Company did a lot of American musicals in Japanese, so I worked in 'The King and I' and 1 also did drama like 'The Chalk Garden' and 'Joe When Linda returned to the United States in 1971 it wasn't long before sbe landed a starring role in the movie "Jory." At 16 she enrolled at New York's Lee Strasberg Institute and attended both Finch College and New York University. Linda kept her career rolling with a two-year stint in the soap opera, "The Storm," all the while turning out television commercials.

During a vacation from school she relum- ed to Japan to compete in the Tokyo Musical Festival and won two awards one lor best song and the other for best broadcasting performance. Linda moved lo Hollywood almost Ihree years ago and has worked regularly in guest shots on episodic television, including six episodes of the top-rated "Happy Days." Linda Is only 21, but her screen and TV credits read as If she'd been around for 20 years. Her face and body are so youthful she easily manages lo play a 15-year-old in "Testimony of Two Men." a pair of television movies, "Little Ladies of the Night," and "The Young Pioneers," she portrayed a 15 and 16-year-old respectively feel close enough (o those ages to play the parts comfortably," said Miss Purl, very composed and articulate young lady, She visits Japan every year or so to see her parents and the young people with whom she grew up. "I loved living and working in Japan," she concluded. "My professional is here in the United States bul I'll always think Japan as my second home." EAGLES CLUB, INC.

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