Spokane Chronicle from Spokane, Washington on April 16, 1982 · 39
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Highlights Good 'reading' "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches" will feature three short stories on "The CBS Library" series at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. John Shea and Tamara Jones (top photo) star in "The Chaparral Prince;" Claude Brooks (from left, center photo), Stephen Mailer, Brendan Ward and Jarros Ross in "Antaeus;" and Kate Shea and Christian Slater in "Invisible Boy." By JERRY BUCK LOS ANGELES (AP) On NBC's "Hill Street Blues" Barbara Babcock plays television's most outrageous femme fatale, Grace Gardner, who's into leather sheets and hot oil massages. The Emmy Award-winning actress might be just as intriguing as the character she plays, but she's anything but a vamp. The comely blue-eyed, red-haired Babcock travels to remote areas of the world as an assistant on scientific expeditions. And she recently was awarded a patent for a shampoo she and another actress developed. On "Hill Street Blues" Grace Gardner is in amorous pursuit of Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, played by Michael Conrad. They both won Emmys in September for their portrayals. Her humorous modus operandi includes leather sheets, hot oils and lotions warmed in her microwave, and nude horseback riding. "It's still a recurring role," said Babcock. "It's the kind of role you couldn't do every week. She's too outrageous. Every time I read a script I say that's it. What more can she do? Then they come up with something new. "The trick of playing a character like that, who's outrageous and larger than life, is that she must be believable," Babcock said. "She must believe that her life is normal. I think the core of Grace is that she's an intensely obsessive woman. She just feels and does everything in a heightened way. "I've become comfortable with her," she said. "It's hard now as an actress for me to think of her as outrageous. It makes good sense. I'm really fond of her. I've never known anyone like her, but I think there is a bit of Grace in all of us yearning to get out. We'd all like to react in a visceral way." Babcock came to her role as Grace Gardner by means of many other roles for the producers at MTM Enterprises, makers of "Hill Street Blues." She played a lesbian in the pilot of "Paris" and was the only woman in the cast of the MTM pilot "Operating Room." "It was really the first time in my career that a group of producers or a studio had accepted me as a character actress, which is the way I see myself," she said. "Before that I had been seen as a leading lady. It was a box I couldn't get out of." She was not in the pilot of "Hill Street Blues," but she did appear in the next four shows last season. That was supposed to be all, but Grace Gardner was too rich a character to give up. Babcock was born in the United States, but was raised in Japan and Europe. Her father served in the Army and the State Department. She attended the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Milan in Italy, and completed her education in the United States. The shampoo was developed by Babcock and Susan Bjurman over a five-year period. "The idea came to us one day and we didn't know how to develop it," she said. "So I studied chemistry and Susan studied marketing. Finally, we hired a chemist and he made samples following our instructions." They also hired a patent attorney and were recently granted a patent. The shampoo is not yet on the market, but they are negotiating with several companies. In her time away from acting and AP photo As Grace, Barbara Babcock is into leather sheets and hot oil massages. As herself, it's scientific expeditions and shampoo. developing shampoo, she has hunted rock paintings in Kenya and studied animal habits along the Amazon River with scientists. "It allows me to see parts of the world I could never see as a tourist," Spokane Chronicle, Friday, April 16, 1982. she said. "I'm primarily interested in animal behavior, but I'm also interested in geology and archaeology. But you have to start as a 'go-for.' In the Amazon I hacked out trails so we could study arboreal monkeys." Ahoy, there Robert Newton stars as Long John Silver in "Treasure Island," at 8 1DM. Saturday on CBS' "Walt Disney." The conclusion of the movie based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel will be aired the 24th. 7 , ,.. , d . -- emoloms".....1770.7.4.oisior Any Spokane Chronicle, Friday, April 16, 1982. ), 1 ins . . , 9 , 1 . 1 It so 1, ; - , ' A ' 1 P the ; 4 . e u l --" i e . , . I . 4 .;, ,.... i, I , 1 1 Highlights There's more than Gr ,,,,ce By JERRY BUCK , I, :, , '' ' i .3 LOS ANGELES (AP) On NBC's , , .. , , , .. , , , , - - 4 :-', i, ! , . 1, "Hill Street Blues" Barbara Babcock . ,, , , 1 ti plays televisions most outrageous , - , , , , , i . 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It was a box I couldn't 4 ':: 1 ,it ,:f,a, ,------A-c,11 . f, , ,,, ,-,-,,00t ,, y,.pr , ,,, get out of." She was not in the pilot of "Hill Street - i r , , Blues," but she did appear in the next ,,, i , , , , ti.: , four shows last season. That was supposed to be all, but Grace Gardner was too rich a character to give up. Babcock was born in the United but was raised in Japan and 4? Europe. Her father served in the Army 4, , I i , and the State Department. She attended , ----,- ,,,, 1 i .!,,.,,, ,,,,.: , . ry,,, ,A,, ,,,I .001.6., 4,00......, " ,r,, A , Ah Sta tes , th oy f there Robert Newton stars 1 Good 'reading Switzerland and the University of Milan ' A ' the University of Lausanne in , - . - e".., -,, -, '' , AwAik , .,141 .4.,P 4'''' -' t ik wie . 4! '' as Long John Silver in "Treasure Island," at "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches" will in Italy, and completed her education in l 4 It p.m. "4"i i i, V) 147- ( 4' 8 .M. Saturday on the United States. ---,,, -,, Lae , The conclusion of the ,- , A, ..., CBS' "Walt Disney." feature three short stories on "The - The shampoo was developed by , , ,,, , i CBS Library" series at 4:30 Tuesday Babcock and Susan Bjurman over a , afternoon. John Shea and Tamara five-year period. "The idea came to us ' movie based on one day and we didn't know how to Robert Louis Jones (top photo) star in The develop it," she said. "So I studied . tN,, , 4 ..-.,,, ,' ' . 'I Stevenson's classic , Chaparral Prince.," Claude Brooks chemistry and Susan studied marketing. , , 1 - novel will be aired (from left, center photo), Stephen Finally, we hired a chemist and he made samples following our ', , , "4,ik,,,,, ' the 24th. Mailer, Brendan Ward and Jarros Ross instructions." . ' i in "Antaeus;" and Kate Shea and They also hired a patent attorney and , Christian Slater in "Invisible Boy." were recently granted a patent. The . ' ' , ; f , shampoo is not yet on the market, but . . , t i they are negotiating with several 4- 1 , 11 , i " i 4 . - ' companies. 1 . ,- 4 In her time away from acting and . ,

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