The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on January 17, 1959 · Page 17
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 17

Austin, Minnesota
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Saturday, January 17, 1959
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Actress Credits Quick Success to Growing Up With Deaf Parents AUSTIN (MJnn.) HERALD, SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1959-5 LOUISE FLETCHER By ERSK1NE JOHNSON HOLLYWOOD — (NBA - A 22-year-old blonde from Birmingham, Ala., who spoke only the sign language of the deaf until she was four •— and who credits the mobile facial expressions of her stone deaf parents for her acting talent — could be Hollywood's TV- movie Cinderella girl of 1959. Louise Fletcher is the name. Tall (5 feet 8) and sloe-eyed, she is a leading candidate for a big role with Gary Grant in "Operation Petticoat" and another movie which famed Elia (East of Eden) Kazan will produce and direct. Her parents have never heard her voice. Her mother was born deaf. Her father, Dr. Robert C. Fletcher, an Episcopalian missionary assigned to the deaf in the state of Alabama, lost his hearing when struck by lightning at the age of seven. In Sign Language • As a baby, Louise's first "word" — da-da — was "spoken" in sign laguage. At four she learned to use her MISSIONARY TALE — Ingrid Bergman is confronted by mountain bandits in "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" now showing at the Paramount. Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse Team Up in Movie Tarty Girl 1 voice under the tutelage ol Louise Long, an aunt for whom she was named, in the Austin's Bryant, Tex., home. A year ago Louise was graduated as n tlrnnui major from (he University of North Carol, ina and came to Hollywood as an aspiring amateur. Today, after only 11 months of professional acting, a brilliant career Is being predicted for her by movie and TV producers and directors. In a soft, grateful voice, Louise told me why she credits the facial expressions of her parents, along with sign language, as the foundation for the acting Hollywood has found so expressive. Words on Faces She told me: "I don't have to look at the 'talking' hands of my parents to know what they are saying when they are mad or pleased or excited. The words are also on their faces! I guess I've always 'spoken* with my face, too. My mother is a wonderful mimic." Appearances in half a dozen telefilms have brought Louise to the sharp attention of movie makers. One of these performances, as a Western outlaw conscious of a man's love for the first time, will be seen on the ABC-TV "Lawman" show of Jan. 18. It is hailed as "fantastic" by the show's producer, Jule Schermer, .and its director, Stuart Heisler. Louise was offered a term contract at Warner Bros, but her MCA agents turned it down for more lucrative free lancing. "She's the most instinctive actress I've seen on the screen In 20 years," Schcrmcr says. Louise always sends duplicate scripts, in advance of her shows, to her parents in Birmingham. They are lip readers, but Louise told me: "I like them to read the scripts first so they can hear me and the rest of the cast a little better." Movie Calendar Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse team for the first time in "Party Girl," drama of the Chicago gang•ter era of the 30s, dealing with an underworld lawyer who falls in love with a beautiful showgirl. Constrasting the drama of murderous racketeers with the glitter of the "party girls" who entertain these seamy customers at plush night clubs, the picture, opening at the Sterling Sunday, has a topnotch cast. Co-starred with Taylor and Miss Charisse are Lee J. Cobb and John Ireland, with other important roles filled by Kent Smith, Claire Kelly, MGM's newest beauty, Corey Allen, Barbara Lang and Myma Hansen. Taylor, in a break from his recent Western roles, portrays the *uave lawyer whose brilliant legal tactics enable him to sway the toughest jury in saving murderous hoodlums from the death penalty. But when he falls in love with night club dancer Cyd Charisse and attempts to break from the underworld, he finds himself in the toughest spot of a tough career. Miss Charisse, lively star of "Silk Stockings" and other musical hits, is given her first big dramatic opportunity in the role of the "party girl" who is willing to risk her life to save the man she loves. But as a showgirl, she •is logically given an opportunity for two dance numbers,'one "The Blues," the other "The Drum," with the latter choreographed and performed to the rhythms of bongos. Lee J. Cobb, who scored as the father in "The Brothers Karama- zov," plays the powerful underworld boss, with John Ireland as his chief underling. 1 •<* Network Television I ^^^^^^^^^MMMP Wednesday, January 21 (C) Means Program <s In Color 6:0) a.m. 5— David Stone 6:30 t, 10 — Continental Clots- room 7:00 a.m 4— Slcflfrdd 5, 10— Today 8:00 a.m. 3, 4 — Capt. Kangaroo S, 10— fiao* 8:45 a.m. 3— N«ws 0:00 a.m. 1, 4 — For Love 01 Monty 10— Dough Re Ml 9:30 a.m. J, 4, S— Godfrey S, 10 — Treasure Hunt 10:00 a.m. 3. 4, t — 1 Love Lucy S, 10— Price Is Right 6— Bill Hlckok 10:30 a.m. J, 4, S— Top Dollar S, <0- -Concentration 6— This Is Answer 11:00 a.m \, 10— Tic lot Ueuah 3, 4, t— Love of Life 6 — Charles Boyer 11:30 a.m. S, 10— Could Be You (C) 1. 4. •— Scorch * — Peter, Have* 11. -4> a.m. 1— Film Review 12:00 m 1— Him J, 4- -Guiding Light 4. 5— Newt Wmther I—Hand Arts 12:20 p.m. t— Tr««igrr Chett 12:30 p.m. I. 4— At World Turns 5, 10 — Sports Page 6— Play Hunch 1 — Ranch Party l.OO p.m. t, 10 — Truth or Const' qucncc (C) 1, 4, S — Jimmy Dean t— Liberate 1:30 p.m. S, 10— Hoggus Boggus (C) 1, t— House Party 4 — i mklettpr *— News, Weather, Clubs 1:40 p.m. 4— Matinee 2:00 p.m. I, 4. S— Big Pavoft 5. 10— Dr. Matone 6— Day In Court 2: 30 p.m. 3, 4, 8— verdict torn 5, 10 — From These Roots 6— Music Bi:*go 3:00 p.m. 3, 4, t — Brighter Day S, 10 — Queen tor Day 6— Beat Clock 3:15 p.m. i, 4, S — Secret Storm * 3:30 p.m. 3. 4, l—tdoc or Night 5, 10 — County Fair t— Who Do You Trust A •(){) J, MI f t,U\J ft t r?f. 1— Show 5 — Matgi* V— Am Bandstand 4 — Ar«-una Tew* t — Royal Playhouse 10— What's N«» 4:30 p.m. 4— Axel (V Dog 5— Last . of Mohlcmi t— Film 10— Hand Arts 5.QQ p.m. 1— Club HauM . 4— Woody -Woodpecker 5 — Robin Hood S— Big Picture 10— Casey Jem* 5:30 p.m. 4— Popeyt 6— Mickey Mouse Clrt 1 — Teias Ranger< 10 — Looncy Tunet 6:00 p.m. 3, 4, 5, S. 10— New* Weather Spo'ts t— Weatherman 6:15 p.m. 4. 8— News 6- — Don Goddard 10— HOC NPWI 6:20 p.m. 5— Y»u Shoulc Knew fr.W p.m. 3 — Rail's Club Moult 4-*- "Rescue 8 5, 10— Wagon Tioln ft— Lawrence Welk 1 — Grey Ghost 7:00 p.m. 3— Col. Flack 4— Pursuit 1 — Zorro 7:30 p.m. 3~Sllcnl Service S, 10-Prlce .Is Right (C) t, 8— OMlc & Harriet 8:00 p.m. 3, 4, S— Millionaire S, 10— Milton Bcrlc (C) 6— -Donna Reed 8:30 P-m 3 4~— Got Secret •— S*o Hunt 5, 10 — Bol Matter-ton 8:45 p.fn t— Spot! Tips 9:00 p.m. t, 4 — Circle Theater S— Your Ufa 6, t— Fights 10— New York Confident!.! 9:30 p.m. 5- -Flight 10-— Tugboat Annie 10:00 p.m. t, 4, S, t. 8— Newt, Weather Sport* 10:15 p.m. I—John Dalv 10:20 p.m. 8— Perry Mason 10:30 p.m. 3— World of Sound S — District Attorney 4 — P'ayhouse 10 — Jack Poor Show 10:45 p.m 3 — City Detective 10:50 p.m. 1 — Charlie Chan 17:00 p.m. 4 — Playhouse S— Jack Paar 77:20 p.m. •—Charlie Chan 72:00 p.m. J— Mows HIGH SUSPENSE — John Ireland threatens Cyd Charisse with bottle of acid with Robert Taylor nearby, in scene from gangster film, "Party Girl," starting at the Sterling Sunday. AT THE PARAMOUNT Today-Wednesday "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" with Ingrid Bergman, Carl Jurgens, Robert Dona,. Starts Thursday Walt Disney's "Tonka" with Sal Mineo. And "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." AT THE STERLING Sunday-Wednesday "Party Girl" with Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb. Starts Thursday "The Perfect Furlough," with Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn. AT THE STATE Sunday-Thursday "Bridge on the River Kwai" with William Holden, Alec Guiness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa. Friday-Saturday Double Feature: Fiend Without A Face," Herbert Leder, Marshall Thompson. Plus "Haunted "Strangler," with Boris Karloff. Dance Bands AT THE TERP Saturday — Bob White orchestra, modern dancing. Sunday — Leo's Pioneers, mixed dancing. Tuesday — Ray Stolzenbreg's band, March of Dimes benefit dance sponsored by Frankford Grange. Friday — Polka Dots, old-time dance. Saturday (Jan. 24) Bob White Orchestra, modern dancing. LOAN ON TELEPHONE Kathy Nolan, of "The Real McCoys," recently received a note from an old friend. The postscript read, "I've been phoning you for the past three days, but to no avail. Am enclosing dime just to say that J give up. You call me." NEED FOR '59 Hollywood Starpower By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) — The movie industry's biggest problem for 1959 is starpower. This .column has already explained how 12 top stars virtually rule the picture industry because of their drawing power. Now producers are discovering to their dismay that the draws are not as powerful as they're reputed to be. A topflight industry source told me that at least two or three of the_ supposedly golden dozen have done so-so-to-poor business with their last three pictures. Getting Too Old "Most of the top names are getting too old to attract .the younger audience, who make up the bulk of movie goers," this source remarked. "There are few younger names coming up these days. The supply of stars is getting to the critical stage; if it isn't solved, Hollywood is going to be in real trouble." The figures seem to bear him out. Average age of the top 12 is 46. Only two, Marlon Brando and Tony Curtis, are in their 30s. Despite the declining box office for some of the mature stars, they still draw the big pictures. The reason for this is the changing economics of the film business. Many of the big pictures are made by independent producers, who Must Find — or Else! must go to the banks for financing. Bankers are more willing to loan millions for a film if assured it will star a name actor. There are some hopeful signs. The actresses seem to be making a comeback after being eclipsed by the male stars for a long period. Two women, Liz Taylor and Brigitte Bardot, made the top 10 of Motion Picture Herald's box office poll; last year the list was all-male. 6 Other Dolls Sue other dolls—Doris Day, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Joanne Woodward, Debbie Reynolds and Deborah Kerr — made the. flsf. of the next 15 stars in box office power. But most of today's dramas still center around men, and the males will still have to shoulder the major burden. 'Family Happiness' Goes on TV Feb. 11 A TV dramata'/aUon of Leo Tolstoy's "Family Happiness" will star Gloria Vandcrbilt and Jean Pierre Aumont on "U. S. Steel Hour" Feb. 11. Miss Vanderbilt'K husband, Sidney Lumcl, will direct the Theatre Guild production. Fashion! from . . . THE WOOLEN SHOPPE 509 N. Main - Fox Hotel Bldg. - HE 7-1103 Featuring "Chippewa Woolens" THIS WEEKS SPECIAL! ALL WOOL SHIRTS. $7.00

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