The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on December 26, 1965 · Page 82
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 82

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Sunday, December 26, 1965
Page 82
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f NAMES'IN THE CAST, Quiet Changes Take Place In Daytime Soap eras By CYNTHIA L01VRY NEW YORK l,tt -- Television, like women's fashions, is a business of fad and fancy. Remember the doctor show furore -- and the sack dress? The "adult western" and the silver fox jacket? The "Untouchables" plus its imitators and pointed Italian shoes? Gone, a!I gone, swept hy public whim into television's attic, whence they will emerge later, somewhat remodeled, for another brief lova affair with the Nielsen ratings. THOUGH THE FADS come and go--right now television is gripped with secret-agent passion--a few types of nro- grams continue on serenely year after year, secure in the affection of a large but not enormous segment of the viewing public. These are the classic western with its predictable beginning, middle and final shoot-out: the kiddie cartoon, and, of course, the daytime serial. But even that staple of the housewives' d a y , s u ci s y agony, has been quietly undergoing interesting change: The performers are losing their traditional anonymity. And along with billing in the programs, some "names" have become interested in playing regular roles. Macdonald Carey, who has been a guest star on most of the top evening dramatic show, now is a regular on NBC's "The Days of Our Lives." He plays a physician with several grown children, a fluttery wife and a problem granddaughter. Gloria De Haven recently popped up as a rather unpleasant femme fatale in CBS' "As the World Turns," which in terms o'f both longevity and popularity, is both the champion soap opera and most popular daytime show. Miss De Haven is cast as a flirtatious designer who is the unwed mother of a girl. The girl, adopted by a family, is determined to find out' the identity of her real parents. PERHAPS THE two best- kjiovvn performers currently preoccupied w i t h d a y t i m e drama are Bethel Leslie, who played most of the feminine ANN SHERIDAN . . 'Another World' BETHEL LESLIE . , . 'The Doctors' leads as a member of the repertory company of NBC's "Richard Boone Show," and Ann Sheridan, star of many a film hit from the 1930s on. Miss Leslie took over the central role o'f Dr. Maggie Fielding in NBC's "The Doctors" in mid-November when Ann Williams left to have her first child. Miss Sheridan joined the cast of NBC's "Another World" a few days earlier. She plays the role of an older woman whose past is being built Into something big and emotional. Bethel Leslie, who has appeared in more than a dozen Broadway shows, films and television series, says that acting In a serial is different-quite different -- from other types of shows. "There is a few show to learn--new lines, new cues- each time," she said. "I thank heavens I've always been a 'quick study'--able to learn my lines rather fast. We rehearse the show in the morning, making some changes in the script as we go. The show Is live--and when jt Is over we start Immediately blocking out the next day's episode." ANN SHERIDAN, now frankly 50, started her career In th* soaps gently. where Bethel Leslie's shows were live, Miss Sheridan's apprenticeship in " A n o t h e r World" was a series of taped episodes, necessary because she was already committed to play the lead in a TV pilot film in California. "I had been watching the shows a long time, and was intrigued by them," she said. "I knew that there was a different, special way of writing them. But it wasn't until I got into this that I realized why it was. They stretch things out so--but that Is so that if a viewer misses the show, it isn't too difficult to catch up. "For another thing, 1 though it might be possible to play the role with a certain amount of humor and less suffering. But that was wrong, too. These shows are associated with problems, and and the viewers expect them. What's more, they miss misery when it is not there." MISS LESLIE lias decided t h a t she doesn't plan to 'find out ahead of time what dreadful things will happen to the character she plays. And now Ann Sheridan has come to the same conclusion. "For the first few weeks, it was all very nervous - making," said Bethel. "1 fretted over my part and worked at it all the time. Now, I think. I'm settling into it." "The first few shows were very difficult," said Ann, "particularly after all the years working in films. But taping the shows made it easier. You certainly never want to blow up in your lines, but when you are taping, you know that a fluff can be remedied." Corpus'Chrlsti'Caller-Times/Sun.,'f)ec! 28,' 1965 ; H 7H On Martin Show makes his first trip to th« VH xwarim onow Wes( . 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