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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, October 26, 1955
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2«, 1955 NewsMagazine That Beautiful Jones Gi ...A Commercial Freak THE GOLDWYN GIRLS — The quintet of beauty contest winners above are the new Goldwyn girls featured In Samuel Goldwyn's "Guys and Dolls." They are (left to right) June Kirby, Jann Darlyn, Larrl Thomas, Madlyn Darrow and Bar- bara Brent. The movie stars Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Elaine. The girls, who take part in some spectacular dance numbers, are now touring the country in behalf of the movie. At 20, She's New Star Of 'Oklahoma' Film By ERSKINE JOHNSON NEA Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD — (NEA) — Everyone knows the words to I: 0h, What a Beautiful Morning." But now you'll have to learn a couple of new lines: "Oh, what a beautiful girl! "Oh, what a beautiful success story!" It's about that Jones Girl. Twenty-year-old Shirley Jones of Smithton, Pa., who wound up in "Oklahoma!" Three years ago she was graduated from South Huntington High School in the small (pop. 800) coal mining town of Smithton, Today she is the star of two Rodgers and Hammerstein Hollywood movie spectaculars — the just released "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel." now being filmed. "I'm the luckiest girl in the won the role of Laurey in the world." says Shirley, the blonde ?'j'.OOO.QOO movie version of "Okla- unknown American beauty who homa!" ; There's no doubt about it. That Jones girl from Smithton is ; Miss Cinderella 1955. | "Overnight fame," usually pre: ceded by years of struggling for ' recognition, 'is a loosely used I CURRENT Best Sellers (Compiled 'ay Publishers' Weekly) FICTION Marjorie Mornlngstar, Herman Wouk. Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson. Something of Value, Robert Ruark. Bon jour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan. NQNFICTiON Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Power of Positive Thinking-, Norman Vincent Peale. A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall. How to Live 365 Days a Year, John A. Schindler. The Family of Man, Edward Sleichen. phrase In show business. But it fits Shirley Jones Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Ot What a Beautiful Morning" fits he gorgeous voice, her fresh young beauty and \vhat Richard Rodger, calls "the character that shine from her untroubled eyes." Three years between high schoo and stardom in two big Hollywoot filmusicals is "overnight" in any one's league. Broadway's famed producing team of Richard Rodgers and Os car Hammerstein H discoverec Shirley in New York and groomec her for stardom in the chorus o "South Pacific" and "Me and Ju Het." The big moment — when Shirley captured the lead in the film ver sion of "Oklahoma!" only i: months after walking into their of fjcc5 — raised Hollywood's eye brows as high as a giraffe's horns along wiU the question: "Who is Shirley Jones?" The name meant nothing in Ho\- lywood. But the announcement was an "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning' cue back in Smithton and in Pittsburgh, Pa., where everyone knev. Shirley Jones would be famous some day, Bogie, Back on Broadway, Decides to Do Without It By DICK KLEINER ED MURROW'S first "See It Now" of the season — the program will be spotted irregularly this year — is scheduled for Oct. 26 and will deal exclusively with the office of the Vice President. It will include filmed interviews with for-, mer Vice Presidents, a dramatization, Victor Moore's famous song about the office, Carl Sandburg reciting the story of one Vice President, old newsreels and much other material. Prof. Irving Williams, an historian from Brooklyn's St. John's University, is serving as technical adviser. Murrow and his staff, incidentally, began work on the project long before President Eisenhower's attack turned the national spotlight on the Vice Presidency Tip to top TV tycoons; You're all knocking your busy little brains out, trying to figure a "new" way to present news on TV. If you'll listen to ABC-Radio over the weekends, you'll hear five-minute spots called "It's Time," mostly dramatizations of the news prepared by Time und produced by the "March of Time's" famous voice. West brook Van Voorhls. Some folks we know think that could be the answer—news dramatizations could be prepared and presented quicker than it takes to get spot films. And what, on the face of it, could be more dramatic than a dramatization The solution, gentlemen, could be a TV return to the old "March of Time" radio technique. Hogart Linrifors II umplirey Bofurl has come back to New York, taken a long squint at Broadway and decided that he's had. it. "I used to hanker for Broadway and the stage and all I hat." he said. " but, no mure. I've absolutely hael it. Plays ure Voo \o\iuh. "They offered me. Paul Mum's part in 'Inherit Mie Vvmri 1 alter his operation, but I said no. The only way I'd come bach to Uro;idw;iy Is if I could find a play that's guaranteed to get, great reviews, with a great part in it for me, and that will open run two weeks. Then I'd do it." Guarantees (if guud reviews arc never issued, so it looks like ivii'll only see Koffiirl in the movies. Fcrtumitcly for us members of the Beal-the nnmis-for- Bogart-Society, he's about, the busiest of all the top Hollywood stars. While many of the old-timers, these days, make a picture a year and spent the rest of the time at pooLsidt, Bogart keep* working 1 . Like now — he's Just finished "The Desperate Hours" and "The Left Hand of God" and coming S_up are "The Harder They Fall" fipd "Melville Goodwin. USA." For many Hollywood start, that's four years' work. "I like U> keep busy," Bogie •aye. "It's therapy, if I'm not doing Anything, I get bored. 1 -' Yet, in the next two-fisted breath, he admits to being lazy. He says he doesn't like to work too hard, which is why he doesn't •hare the widespread desire among •tar« to turn director. That, he t&ys, is just too tough. Walking that narrow line bt- tvecn keeping busy and not worfcfnr too bard U B<>§ art's chief hobby. Next comes hi* bo*(, ft yawl called "S»ntan»." "I used to play golf and I got, down to a Alx-handfcap," he Any*, "Then I started letting mad and breaking clubs, and I figured it was getting to be serious instead of fun so I gave it up. Now 1 go out, on the boat every weekend. Betty (his wife, Lauren Bacall) gets kind of squeamish nnd she only gets on the boat maybe twice a year. "So we go stag most of the time. That's more fun, anyhow." This guy is aging. Remember Dave El man, Who used to MC the popular old radio shnu\ "Hobby Lobby?" Dave's proved that a hobby could pay off —lie's now successfully engaged in teaching hypnotism to doctors, who use it Ihcrapcwtically. A FEW *FAST FACTS: Margaret Firth, who has, a filmed TV series called "It's Fun to Reduce," has gained 12 pounds since starting it ... "Omnibus" will spend .so much time this season studying the boyhoods of famous men that the "Omnibus" staff privately refers to the show as a "retrospec- tacnlar" ... The handsome fiddler, Florian ZaBach, will follow the handsome pianist, Liberate, into movie-making. He'll star In a film called "Lightly Bends My Bow," and Viveca LJndfors, Piper Laurie and Nlla Talbot will appear with him. Gee don't you wish you'd practiced? ... CBS officials huddling with Jlmmir Komaek, the talented young comedian of "Danim Yankees," about a show of his own. DICK'S QUICKIE: Frank** Laine says parents .should never raise children unlra* they have Jacks or better. STEVE ALLEN ("Tonight," NB C-TVJ: If the Brooklyn Dodgers don't win the pennant In '56, the Dodger fans will all say, "Waft 'til Insl year." Amity, Arkansas Belle Worn 'Em In Italian Opra By FRED ZUSY ROME (AP) — The boys sitting around Callaway's general store in Amity, Arkansas, can be mighty proud of little Irene Callaway these days. Irene, a bright-eyed belle from Amity, is the newest success in Italian opera. That's making the musical big league. Mario Rinaldi, one of Italy's top the Rome Opera House. They at- opera critics, called her "brilliant, enchanting and vivacious" after hearing her first major appearance. And Rinaldi confessed to his readers he "entered the theatre with a great deal of skepticism because I love Italian opera sung by Italian singers." Giovanni Rimbotti, another respected critic, said Irene, a lyric soprano, displayed "an exquisite voice" and the audience "made her its idol." As a result of this success, Irene, sparkling 25 now, has lined up engagements on the Italian radio and television networks which will keep her busy until next February. The Arkansas givj has her eyes | on the big time in New York. But, shL says, "if you don't do something here in Italy first, you might as well not go home." Cinderella Story Many American singers who have appeared at the Metropolitan in New York made their mark first in Italy, the home of opera. Irene's is a real Cinderella .story.' She comes from the little town of > Amity, population 500 — "and! Mtmo/ss Go Abroad NEW YORK \m — Publication rights to Harry S. Truman's "Memoirs" were sold In nine foreign countries before the book had appeared in the United Sin ten, and portions of It were to be w.rli\Ur«d ID 17 foreign countries. Her daddy. Wallace Callnway. grows Delicious peaches, and runs an old-fashioned general store, complete with pot-bellied stove. At Callawny's you can get anything from a stamp to an auto license. Irene began singing "as soon us I could talk." "Daddy Just Listens" tended all dress rehersafs tiiere and had lessons in interpretation, repertoire, opera background and Italian diction. After this they were all invited to appear as guest artists at Spoleto. in central Italy. There an old Opera House has been renovated for debuts of Italy's bes young artists. That's where Irene made her big hit. She was cast as Norina ir the comic opera, "Don Pasciuale.' Others at Spoleto were Jim Beni. Peter Binder and Anna Mof fa, all of Philadelphia; William Harper. Oklahoma City; William Olvis, Hollywood, and Irene's friend, Maurtne. All got a gogod hand from. the critics, but the highest went to the Arkansas song bird. Critic Rinaldi declared "it would be difficult to find in Italy a Norina to equal and so well suiteti to the designs of Librettist Ruffini." Rimbotti said she was "a born actress... a 'love' of a Norm; Credits Teachers "II Paese." said of Irene: "Miss Callaway has one of the best of voices, is well schooled, and ably handled this very difficult role." Irene asked the reporter who in- terv'^wed her to give credit to two teachers — "they helped n-.c she said. Thev SHIRLEY JONES, TOGGED OUT for "Carousel." At three, she tap danced for fellow tourists at Niagara Falls. Literacy Guidepost Lewis' Life Story Has Its Share of Action im- They an Francs Greer, of New York, originally from Helena, Ark.!, and Ralph Errolle. former head of the LSU Opera Department. Trim and pert Irene is a delightful change for Italian viewers I of opera on television. Most Italian singing — and hopes for a career in opera — her big ambition is to marry, have children "and sing — I'm happy when I'm singing." But there's no man in her life yet, she says. "American "Everybody sings and plays in singers show the effect of too much our family — mother, my two spaghetti and ravioli, brothers and my sister — evcry-j Although Irene loves music and body except Daddy. He just : and listens." One of Irene's brothers is Methodist minister. The other is studying medicine. Irene went to school in Amity and on to Henderson Stole Teachers College at nearby Arkadelphia. She studied singing at Henderson because she liked it so much. Then fate intervened. ii\ the person of Maurine Norton, of Haynesville, LB. Maurine heard her sing nnd said "you really should study opera." She talked Irene into going to Louisiana State University's Opera School, for graduate work. Today Irene lives In a small apa rtment, in an old section of Rome near the Piazza Istria. Her room mate — Mfiurlne Norton. The two wre selected from hundreds of candidates for Fulbrtght The fellowship — for one year — ended Sept, 25. Maurln will b« leaving her son to continue her pro. tossional work tn Germany. Irene staying on. Riff Hit Six Fulbright atuctcnta studied at Magazine Boomi NEW YORK tf» - _ _.... Heritage." the hard-cover history magazine, has completed its first year with the biggest print order yet for its first-anniversary number: 100,000 copies for yearly subscribers and 15,500 for the bookstores. There are 1182 different kinds of forest trees in the United States. THE JOKER IS WILD: The Story of Joe E. Lewis. By Art Conn. Random House. There are those who believe the highly specialized, night club humor of Joe E. Lewis is just plain bad taste. There's nothing in this book, which the author calls a "dramatized biography," to change their minds. Maybe it's a little over dramatized, but as a study of one of America's funnymen in the context of his times—from the violence of the twenties to the present—'The Joker is Wild" has its interesting moments and is certainly action packed. Except for chapters on Lewis' ill-fated marriage to Martha Stewart, the book is in the third person. Martha explains her side of the love story that went wrong in two lengthy chapters. Lewis presents his side in Chapter 30 that reads in its entirety: "Marriage is no good in show business unless you're Lum and Abner." Ex-Follies Star Fools the Experts OSHAWA, Out. (fl>) — Blond, statuesque Gladys Glad, one of the famed beauties of "Ziegfeld Follies" in the 1930s, is proving Broadway know-it-all guys can be wrong. Formerly the wife of the late Mavk Hellingeri Broadway columnist and Hollywood producer, she later married wealthy Arthur Gottlieb, producer of Canadian films for television. "When Gladys and I were married, the Broadway wiseacres predicted that we would be split up in six months," Gottlieb said. "They said we were too temperamental. " Gottlieb nnd ' Miss Glad celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on their 102-acre estate near Toronto. Addition of a small quantity of ernon juice to any apple dish adds zest. Hfe: / r*f c«Ms, cutt, brulfct. » • r » b i. try 'MM! Bob's Gypsy Rub Linimtnt 4T»ll«kl« »t rout ravnrlte drug cvtiBtM e o. SMITH rmoBUCis co. That's a sample of some of the best of Lewis' wit quoted in the book. There are other examples that boil down to real corn and. of course, vulgarity—Lewis' long suit in his night club routines. One of the^ most amusing running gags in* the book concerns Lewis' penchant for betting the wrong way on title bouts between Joe Louis and more than a score of opponents. A great deal of space is devoted to Lewis' connection with Chicago's underworld during prohibition. The book opens with an attempt on Lewis' life by some fancy knife wielders employed by "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn, himself later torn apart by machine gun bullets in a bowling alley. Lewis recovered from a severe slashing that left his speech impaired to come back through eight years of uphill fighting and estab- ish a reputation as an entertainer on his own, free from any connec- ions with gang lords like Capone and Arthur Flegenheimer, better known as Dutch Schultz. .Garven Hudgins Individuals-Groups-Farra Bureau WAYLIN CHESSER Call representative Biue Cross - Blue Shield P.O. Box 307 BIythevllle, Ark. Phone POplar 3-3108 Mr. A. B. Ford, registered chron- Dgrapher technician with 22 rears watchmaking experience, I* now asuociated with oir firm. We are now offering 3-day walch repair tervfae. O'STEENS 111 W. Mala The daughter of Paul and Marjorie Jones — he's a Wealthy brewery owner — Shirley was bom to sing and act. At three, on a vacation to Niagara Falls with her parents, she entertained some fellow tourists with a tap dance. At 11, she won $10 in an amateur singing contest at the Atlantic City Steel Pier. At 12, her parents hired a vocal coach and she studied singing for five years. In high school, she was a majorette of the school band, soloist in the glee club, honor student and star drama queen. After graduation in 1952, she represented Pittsburgh in the statewide "Miss America" beauty contest and was runner-up in the finals, to the title of "Miss Pennsylvania." The following year she attended the Pittsburgh Playhouse and sang the leads in the Civic Light Opera productions of'"Lady In the Dark" and "Call Me Madam." But sifter a trip ,to New York in 1953 it was "Call Me Miss Cinderella" for Shirley Jones. On a holiday before entering the Centenary College for Girls in New Jersey, her vocal coach, Ken Welch, insisted she should look up a friend of his, agent Gus Schrimer. Shirley looked up Gus and, after hearing her sing, Gus looked up John Fearnly, casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein. Fearn- ly took her across the street to a theater where Rodgers was re- hearsnig an orchestra for a road company of "Oklahoma!" Rodgers asked her to sing all the "Oklahoma" songs she knew. Then Hammerstein arrived at the theater and Shirley was asked to sing all of them again. Rodgers looked at Hammerstein. Hammerstein looked at Rodgers. "She IS Laurey," said Hammerstein, I * * • But it was the Laurey of the movie "Oklahoma" they were thinking i SHIRLEY'S character "shines from her untroubled eyes." about. While plans for Uie movie were made Shirley's voice blended with others in the chorus of "South Pacific" and "Me and Juliet." Then came id days of Hollywood screen tests in the new Todd-AO big screen process used for the first time on "Oklahoma!" She returned to thj "Me and Juliet" chorus and waited. A month later she was announced for the role. Fred Zinnemann, who directed Shirley in the film, pays her this tribute: "She never muffed a line or a musical phrase. It isn't natural. 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