Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 16, 1972 · Page 142
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July 16, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 142

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FffllRMiStl by Lloyd Shearer HOLLYWOOD. T here are three traditional ways for a girl to become a film actress, (1) sleep with an influential producer, (2) prove her photogenic capability by first becoming a successful model, (3) display genuine acting talent. The last is the least important. Nowadays the easiest method is the second. Hollywood is no longer interested in so-called "name" actresses -- none of them is worth more than 37 cents at the box office. The star system is dead, for no studio produces enough films to develop a new star or boasts enough of a publicity department to promote one. The result is that since most films are written around male characters, almost any actress will do for "the woman interest." If the actress in question will po»e in the nude that's an added fillip. An ambitious model with personality can make it as a film actress, because in films, photographic presence is more important than talent. Take Cybill Shepherd, a fashion model like Ali MacGravv and Jennifer O'Neill. Last year Cybill made her film debut in the widely-acclaimed The Latt Picture Show. Great way to start Tall, 5 feet 8'/2, well-curved, 34-2334, a willowy stalk of loveliness, Cybill is a 22-year-old top fashion model from Memphis, Tenn., who never had any drama training. In 1968, freshly out of East High School, Cybill--named for her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill--won the fashion model of the year competition sponsored by CBS. "The first prize," she recalls, "was a minimum wage of $25.000 a year lor the first year of modeling. If I didn't make the $25,000, then the modeling agency would make up the difference. So I won that contest and came up i New York and started modeling right away. I never had a test or anything. It was a great way to start. Soon my picture was on the cover of different magazines, I was doing dozens of TV commercials, and earning $500 a day. Commercials, covers "In 1970 I earned more than 580,000 as a model. I plugged Coca-Cola, Brock shampoo, Ultra-Brite toothpaste, practically everything you can think of. I've been on the cover of Life, Vogue. Harper's Bazaar. I think I've had 17 Clamour magazine covers. No, sir. I'm not giving up my modeling. Picture work, a yuu know, is not too reliable." Cybill broke into films accidentally. Peter Bogdanovich, a young director, was strolling through a California supermarket when he spotted Cybill on the cover of Glamour. He decided to c.ist her in The Last Picture Show as lacy, ,1 spoiled, snitty, small town high school heartbreaker. Cybill worked on the film 10 weeks for which she was paid $5000, and in the process fell in love with Bogdanovich whose girlfriend she is u this writing. Before Bogdanovich, there was John Bruno, 29, who inherited the Pen and Pencil restaurant in New York City from his father. Cybill was 18 and fresh from Memphis when Bruno met her in 19(ifi. He helped her adjust to the traumas of New York living. continued The road to Hollywood: It began lor Cybill when at 78 she won a $25,000-a- year modeling contest, was spotted on magazine cover by young film director. ,-,-v During the years after Memphis when she was top model in New York, one of Cybill escorts was restaurant-owner /ohn Bruno. They brafee up over nude scene in film. I'ARAHF · IUIV

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