The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 15, 1955 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 15, 1955
Page 9
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1955 BLVTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NIK IS ourier NewsMagazine Not-So-Plain Don't Mind Posing, Jayne Says as Popularity Soars By BOB THOMAS NEW YORK (AP) — Last January, an unknown young blonde named Jayne Mansfield hitchhiked a ride on a movie junket from Hollywood to Florida. Today she's the toast of Broadway and four studios are after her for movies. Jayne admits it is a fantastic story. She was a Bryn Mawr girl, but that doesn't mean she got an elegant education; she was born in that Pennsylvania community. Her family later moved to Dallas, and she grew up telling everyone she was going to b" a movie star. "Ridiculous!" they scorned. At Exam Regardless, she studied acting at the University of Texas, SMU and the Dallas Institute of Performing Arts. Also UCLA. A year ago, she stormed the studios, informing them she was ready too be discovered. The Paramount people were startled enough to give her a test. Nothing. It was the same story at Warners. Howard Hughes was tossing a junket to Florida last. January. Through some conniving, Jayne went along. It was a photographer's holiday. Jayne stole th spotlight from Jane Debbie Reynolds, Powers and other Galmor Mala MGM, Paramount, the first studio girls. How? Well, her measurements are 40! - 21! - 35!a! — the exclamation marks are used advisedly. Besides, she was wearing a Bikini. And there's nothing that stirs the interest of a red-blooded American photographer like a Bikini. She was doing an independent film in Philadelphia when a deal for a play came up. It was George Axelrod's "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" a Hollywood satire that required a blonde star with show- stopping figure. "A lot of girls wanted the role— Sheree North, 'arbara Britton, even Marilyn Monroe asked for it,' said Jayne. Two Roles But she won out, and the movie offers started to pour in. even while the show was breaking in on the road. They came from WE RENT..... • HOSPITAL BEDS . . . 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In an exclusive interview, Bob Thomas describes her present life and future plans, plus the background of her tiff with her studio. This is the first of two articles.) By BOB THOMAS NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Monroe says she intends to be a permanent resident of New York, but will go to Hollywood for occasional movies.' In a rare interview, she also disclosed: That she considers herself free of her film contract; That she is willing to return to work at 20th Century- Fox — under conditions; That she doesn't insist on doing straight dramatic parts only. The scene was the Edwardian room of the Hotel Plaza. Marilyn came to breakfast, dressed in a black skirt; brown jersey top, tweed coat and a fuzzy white tarn atop her honey-blonde hair. Despite dark glasses and no make-up, her entrance attracted the stares of others in the room. "I Love It" She seemed to talk more freely than I ever heard her do in Hollywood. She was especially enthusiastic about New York.' "I love it hero," she remarked. "I lived in California all my life; now I plan to stay here. The California climate is wonderful, but I love 10 see the seasons." Marilyn came to New York a year ago. following her divorce from Joe DiMaggio. She announced plans to study dramatics here and produce pictures for her own company. Her studio declared she is still under contract and has sought her return. She discussed her return to work, a matter in which 20th-Fox is extremely interested. "I'm willing to go back to work- as long as I can get what I want, she said. "It's the same Lhing I've always wanted. I want to work with good directors, ones I can learn from. I want a variety of roles in good stories. And I want to make pictures tor my own company, Not Money "Money has never been an issue. The studio can afford to pay me." She reported her own company is negotiating for a story to film. But is she free to work? "I have no contract," she said flatly. "There are good reasons why my contract with Pox is not valid." The studio doesn't see it her way, and the matter is up to the courts. She is being asked to return to th studio for "Bus Stop.' She said she'd like to do the role—if she gets her terms. Her best acting role, she said. was the one that started her off to fame—in "The Asphalt Jungle." She made it plain that the pictures she doesn't want to do are ones like "Pink Tights" and "How To Be Very, Very Popular." She was sus-. pendt-d for refusing those two. She smiles readily and talks excitedly about her interest in act-, ing, plays, books and living in gen-: era!. She also indicated she was; ready for romance. '• I-arly Kiser "My divorce decree (from Joe DiMa»gio) became final — finally," she remarked. "I haven't been going out. But now — who knows?" Marilyn's day in New York begins early. She spends much of her mornings observing the classes of Lee Strasburg, thj dramatic coach \v h o K c! pupils included Marlon Mrando, James Dean, Julie Harris, Shelley Winters. She also attends classes at his actors' studio. "I do all kinds of roles," she said. But so far no Shakespeare. She reads Shakespeare, however, 1 asked her which plays of his she liked. She pondered and then smiled, "no comment. ' She added: "I'm | not going to get into the same ! thing I did with 'The Brothers Kaj ramnzov.' " She was aware of the ' va^i amount of kidding she received for expressing a desire to do that Russian novel on the screen. Sam Liked It "It didn't bother me," she commented. "I knew they hadn't read the book. Or if they had, they had forgotten it. "Actually, it would make a wonderful movie. Samr.el Goldwyn himself told me that. I'll take his word for it." When she isn t studying dramatics, Marilyn often will prowl around the museums and book stores. She enthused about a metropolitan exhibit of Goya, her favorite artist. Don't the crowds bother her? "Not terribly," she said. "I have a few disguises that work pretty well. I won't tell you what they are, because that would give me away." Reads Joyce She reads a great deal, is now plowing- through. James Joyce's "Ulysses." It's a novel that baffles some college professors, but Marilyn said it makes sense.. This past year in New York has gone faster than any she can remember, she said. She left no doubt that she intends to remain a New Yorker for some time to come. Marilyn of Other Years Gloria Vanderbilt Set for First Movie-a Western HOLLYWOOD W)—Gloria Vanderbilt is here to make her first motion picture, a western opposite Prank Sinatra. The heiress and tne crooner-actor have dated but she denied on her arrival Saturday that they were anything but "just good friends." She turned to acting after separating from her former husband, orchestra conductor Leopold Sto- Anne Bancroft v Leaves Husband HOLLYWOOD i .-TV-An tress Anne' Bancroft has separated from law-1 yer Martin May after two years of I marriage. 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