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Saturday, August 6, 1955
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THE KANSAS CITY TIMES. SATÜKDAY. AI'GUST 6. 1955. CARMEN MIRANDA DIES HEART ATTACK AT 41 IS FATAL TO * ' " THE SINGER-DANCER. Death Follows by a Few Hours , the CompJetion of a TV Film with Jimmy Durante. Beverly Hills. Calif., Aug. 5. (AP) — Carmen Miranda, tiny ‘'ferazilian bombshell” famed for. her dancing, singing, and fniitsalad headpieces, died at her home early today of a heart attack. She was 41, The Portuguese-born movie and- night club star—America’s highest paid actress in 1945— had just finished a television film with Jimmy Durante. Her manager, Benjamin Hoi- rrian, said she died in the bed- rooni in front of her husband, David Sebastian, TV and movie producer, about 4 a. m. No Hint of Illness Sebastian said she apparently had been feeling well after a late supper at home that followed her TV film performance. Miss Miranda, whose costumes started a new vogiíe in turbans, platform soled slippers, bared midriffs and heavy exotic jewelry, recently returned from appearances in Havana. Durante, informed of her death, said: “That is a shock! She came here Monday complaining that she had to work outside for sixteen days in Cuba. “She laid down on a couch while we talked and complained that she couldn’t sleep. Coughed all night. But she v as happy. I said if she was sick we’d get somebody else to do the part. But she said no. “Last night w’e were doin’ one of my television shows for next year. “We were doin’ a number called ‘Jackson. Miranda and Gomez’—me, I’m Gomez. After the song we go into a little dance. She went down on one knee. I thought she had slipped. She got up and said she was out of breath. “I tells her I'll take her lines. But she goes ahead with ’em. We finished work about 11 o'clock and she seemed very happy. Gosh, what a swell girl. Tliis is a terrible thing.” On Way Out in 31ovies. The peppery performer, a THREE DAYS BEFORE HER DEATH YESTKRI^AY, this picture was taken of Carmen Mi.*anda as she rehearsed a television show with Jimmy Durante. The actress was 41—(Wirephoto). M Bv L andon L aird . ARK CARROLL has been playing a lot of piano in a night club in Dallas. Early last Sundav night he decided to drive to Kansas City to see how his former partner. Alva Jean Trout, was doing in the ballet company at the Starlight theater. ____ time Carroll arrived here m to catch part of tlie show from out front. Then he went back- screen star in the early 1940s. : stage. He learned Alva Jean had appeared inirequently in ¡was scheduled to make an ap- movies in recent years. Her lastIpearance at a backstage party movie was “Scared Stiff’ with:of the Kansas City Press club. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. | “Come on.’’ the pert blonde Her recent engagements were said to Carroll, “we can talk chiefly in night clubs, including while I’m waiting to go on. appearances locally and in Las Vegas, Nev. Miss Miranda was born Maria Do Carmo Mirand-^ Da Cunha in Marco Canavozes. Portugal, At three months she emigrated with her parents to Brazil. She was a IT-year-old department store model in Rio de Janeiro W’hen she appeared on a radio program. Afterwards she made phonograph records, which became an instant hit in South America. An American radio network talent scout brougb^t her to New York. Success followed for her in radio performances and as a featured attraction at Lee Schubert’s Streets of Paris night club in New York. Hollywood beckoned. Her pictures included “Down Argentine Way,” “That Night in Rio,” “Week End in Havana“ and “Springtime in the Rockies.“ Later came “If I’m Luckv,” “Cppacabana.“ “Date With Judy” and “Nancv Goes to Rio.’^ With an income of $210.458 she wa^' America’s highest-paid actress—in 1945. Ea«Ti Fast! Thrifty! Order Star Want Ads ior 3 or more consecutive GaySr—i-ave 5 cents a line each day. Just dial BA. 5500.—Adv. Later. Hal LeRoy started ing a dancing turn. “Wait.” he said, “we need a piano olayer.” As Roland Fiore and Rudy Bennett were attending a staff meeting, Carroll found himself being eased toward the keyboard. ____ There was a conference of a few seconds and LeRoy swiing into his dance just as if he had been rehearsing for weeks with Carroll, Carroll returned to the piano to play for Alva Jean’s special song material, “How did he know^ it?” Alva Jean said, in an.swer to a question, “WTiy, mister, he should know it—he wrote it.” To sav that Alva Jean and Carroll brought down the house would be putting it mildly. When they aren’t dancing in the Starlight ballet conapany. Alva Jean and Ron L^wis are working up a routine for a projected dance act. Lewis, who was graduated from Northeast high school last spring, is planning to go to New York after the Starlight season ends. He is endeavoring to get Alva Jean to team up with him. Lewis, son of Mr. and IStrs. A. L. Lewis, 5228 Saida avenui*, has been a featured dancer in two Starlight productions, “Mf and Juliet” and “Babes in Tov- land.” How Kansas City is regarded by the stars who appear in the Swope park musicals was expressed by Betty O’Neil, who is featured in “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy’* in the current Cole Por ter Festival. Dean Murphy, comedian and master of ceremonies of the Cole Porter Festival who is billed as an impressionist, received international publicity and a big boost on his road to success when he entertained the late King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England at Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historic hot dog picnic at Hvde Park. Later, Murphy's mimicry of Winston Churchill caused that statesman to say: “This is my best American press agent.” le (V^OVI ES “THE COBWEB”-—MIDLAND. Drama, scroeti play by John Paxton, based on the novel by William <Jinson. produced b' John Houseman, directed by \inrenle iNÌlnnelli and released by iMetro- Ooldwv n-Maver with the foUowlnji principal DiaxMs: Dr. Stewart Mclver .......Richard Widmark MoK Kaversen Rinehart .......l^auron Ka‘*‘>' ■nr. DoualHs N Devanal .. Charles Bo> er Karen Mciver .....................Gloria r.rahanv? Victoria Inch ....................................iJllian (jisii Steven W Holte .................... Sue Hrrtt ...............................Susan Strasbt iK ........Osrar hcvanl I Sir Capp ......V^..................ORcar N the hands of Alfred Hitch cock or other specialists in screen thrillers, a tele- plione, a pair of scissors, gloves and other commonplace articles often have beeti drawn upon to motivate a taut and ex- i'iting exercise in mel«)drama. Now, in “The Cobweb,” Vincente Minnelli, a director, bol- steri'd by .John Houseman’s adroit casting and skilled production, has utili/ed the selection and hanging of such a prosaic furnishing as a set of drapes 1«) impel an engrossing, articulate* exploration into the touchy, tangli'd realm of mentally ill. Adapted Into a smooth, trenchant screen play by .lohn Paxton from Hie novel by William (Jibson. the «irania iVtains the dis- tiu'blng. controversial qualities that ha\ «' aroused some psychiatrists au«t psychologists and is likely to b(' regarded as questionable entertaiimient by persons who have had personal c\pcri<Mice with or knowledge of th(' grief ai]4l suffering of tor- tni'nli'd, si(‘k minds. S(‘tting up cameras and deploying a talented group of players, including such veteran performers as Richard Widmark, T.auren Hacall. Lillian Gish. Gloria Grahame and Charles Boyer and two bright newcomers, John Kerr and .Susan Strasberg, in a Midwestern psychiatric clinic, Minnelli admirably points up the narrow gulf that sometimes separates the patients from the staff members and the uneasy, suspenseful atmosphere in> which the rehabilitation and therapeutic processes are conducted. In this . instance, the lighted match dropped into the explo sive emotional air is the ques tion regarding the choice and installation of the drapes for the institution’s library. Believing that the project wiil be of aid in the treatment of inmates, W"id- mark, portra\ing the hospital’s head, wants the job of designing the m.aterial to be given a high-strung young artist, a move that is seconded by Miss Bacall as the place’s activities director. On the other hand, the clinic’s! stringent. imperious business, manager, played by Miss Gish, who, under ihe administration of Widmark’s predecessor, acted by Charles Boyer, had exercised a dominant role in the insititu- tion’s economy and procedure, personally selects and orders inexpensive draperies. The third hand in the is taken by Miss Grahame as Widmark’s frustrated, neurotic wife, who in an attempt to save a tottering marital union, not only acquires but also putii up plushy drapes. In the ensuing repei’cussions Kerr is driven to the point of suicide. Widmark and Miss Bacall turn increasingly to one another for comfoi't and understanding, Boyer embarks on an al(‘oholic binge and alsi) casts covet Otis eyes at (irahame and Miss (iish's smoldering re- sentinenl and bitterness erupt into full flame. IJke the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, the various personal conflicts and knotty emotional pioblems do not readily fall in place in Ihe paUern of ‘The Cobweb” and the resol vement of the difficulties is a little too patent for full credibility, but the earnest efforts of Minnelli and the entire cast, with the possible exception of Miss Grahame. who appears miscast as Widmark’s unhappy mate, make this one of the better dramas of the season. “TOO YOUNG FOR GLEN. Drama, screen play and dialogue by Franco Brucati, Llonello De Felice and Vittorio Nino Novarese, produced bv Nlc- colo Theodoli, directed bv Mr. l»e Felice and released by I. i'. ri, and Cormoran Films with the fullowinK principal players: Anetta Corelli ...............................Marina Vladv Andrea Magliano...........Pierre Miehei Heck y\nnelta’» father.......................... Aldo Kahrlri Andrea’!« father .......................Fernand Oravet Andrea’s mother.......................Xenin Valderl I N the light of the contemporary American preoccupation with the problem of juvenile delinquency, “Too Young foi Love,” an Italian drama dealing with an arlolescent romance that results in scandalous ann tragic complications take« on a greater degree of topical interest than the nature and makeup of the film warrant. Der ved from a Krench play, “Mother Nature,” directed with restraint by Lionello de F>lice and movingly acted by a well- chosen group of players, the movie reaffirms the contention that unsettled home life and negligent parents are at the root of youthful waywardness. 'rhe protagonists for this exercise in teerl-age iniliscretion are a 1.5-year-old boy and girl, the former the son of the president of the governing board of a small P’rench city, and the latter, the daughter of an amiable, loving, but shiftless father, whose forays in petty lawlessness lead to constant trips to .1a n. Unhappy In school and termed “a criminal under the roof top” by an irate assistant principal, the boy is made increasingly depressed and unsettled by an inharmonious home life. The father is a weU-meanlng but misguided fellf)W wrapf>ed uf> in civic affairs and Utf mollier Iv a rather v.iln, Merf-ceMtererl woman, and tli<* two f»rf f»flen engaged in spirited fjiiiirridM and t)icki’riiig. Lacj{i/ij.j II mother n guldane< apd affei'tlon and freqiiently left alon»* by the errant inlhor, ih' girl, too, l.M a MOfriewbat patijetii' llgure, who, de*<pjle adversjljeM has rnanageil io tflniti a spirlt- <-i! anrt bublillng per«/>nalily. A chance meeilng of the y‘<ung sters ilevelopK lnt(» a love affair, interriipfed when the lad sent away to a boarding school, later resumerj and then reaching a climactic point when the two face the prospect of becoming parents without benefit of clergy. The delicate nature of the film’s subject matter Is projected without and with considerable understanding, but the .soft glove approach deprives the film of full impact and tends to gloss over the prob- lems rai.sed by the screen play. There is, too, a bit of plot contrivance in order to end the story on an appealing note. Marina Vlady and Pierre Michel Beck present sensitive and arresting characterizations of the young lovers, and Aldo Fabrizi is excellent as the girl's larcenous father. Fernand Gravet and Xenia Valderi are fine as the boy's feuding parents. ♦ HEMMIS liJ. FROM FUMKS, Blit All of Burbank, Calif., Work- t*rn Are Expected to Recover. Rurbank, Calif,, Aug. 5.ÎAP) __ .Seventeen per.sons remained in a hospital today after noxious fumes felled eighty-nine workers, most of them women, at an electric company plant yesterday. Doctors said that all would recover. Most of the workers at the Advance i^lectric and Relay company .suffered dizziness, nausea and abdominal cramps. Company officials said the fumes escaped from a large container labeled iso amyl alcohol, an industrial alcohol used for cleaning. ii \ X//, J- À,uLJ L om €lyod-lo-iiialf*h c*o€irdinaio5$ CLEARANCE COTTON DRESSES OFF Were Xow $10.99 5.50 12.99 6.50 14.99 T.50 16.99 8.50 17.99 9.00 Were S19.99 22.99 25.00 29.99 34.99 39.99 Xow 10.00 11.50 12.50 15.00 17.50 20.00 'k SIZES 7 to 15 and 8 io 20... Ail Sales Final ROSE MARIE REIR SWIM SUITS 1 /« «« ‘/s All Olhf^r Famous I.abel SWIM SUITS ^6 Values io 14.90. 32 to 3fl 4 WAYS TO BUY; Will Call Budget. Charge. Cash I Hour Frei Parking S. W. 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