The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on February 6, 1969 · Page 9
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 9

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, February 6, 1969
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Thursday, February 6, 1969 Vlf* staytonm ActressGets Little Role Response By BOB THOMAS Associated Press Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Don't talk to Beah Richards about the therapeutic benefits to careers honored by the Motion Picture Academy. Last year Miss Richards received an Oscar nomination for her sensitive portrayal of Sidney Peltier's mother in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." With film and television producers more aware of the need to portray the Negro in today's America, you might think that the actress would have reaped a number of roles. ••Not so," she says with a wry smile. "My first job in the industry since 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' was a role last week in the television series- 'Hawaii Five-O.' And that was a one-day job!" Miss Richards made the observation with no apparent bitterness. Her life has necessarily been a series of adjustments; the lack of response to her portrayal in a highly successful film is just one of them. How does she explain it? "I don't really know what the reason is, except that Hollywood has always been image-minded. Whatever the initial image, it becomes permanent." Her image, she believes, was established as matriarchal, even though she was married in the film to a strong-minded husband—"A postman; that's almost middle-class!" TTCie black community, she contends, rebels against being classed as a matriarchal society. Hence she is caught in a dilemma. Beah Richards is not the kind to sit around and fret about lack of acting jobs. Born and reared in Mississippi, she has learned some lessons in survival. Her early life in ..the South inclined her toward acting. She explained: "Actually [ had to lead two lives: [ could be myself among black people, but I would have to present a different personality to the rest of the community. It was this duality that made acting come easy to me. Also, my father was a preacher, and therefore dealt a great deal In verbal imagery. I learned the usefulness of words in communicating feeling." She moved on to Broadway and Hollywood, appearing in the stage and'film versions of "The Miracle Worker," in "Hurry, Sundown" on the screen and "The Little Foxes" at Lincoln Center in New York. But ofter there were stretches of inactlvi ty in between. For five years she taught classes at a charm school in New York. Lately she has used her time to write a play and a book of poems. Portugal Head Is Home After Being Leader 40 Years LISBON, Portugal (AP) Antonio de Oliveria Salazar went home an invalid today after being in a hospital for almost five months after a brain hemorrhage that ended his 40-year leadership. An ambulance sped the partially paralyzed 79-year-old former prime minister from Red Cross hospital to his villa in the gardens of San Bento Palace in the heart of Lisbon. Satazar had been in the hospital since Sept. 7, when he underwent surgery for a head injury. The brain hemorrhage struck Sept. 16 when he was recovering from the operation. Salazar's villa is around the corner from the office of Prime Minister Marcello Caetano, who was named to succeed the authoritarian leader Sept. 27. By all accounts from medical and other sources, it is a replacement of which Salazar, his mental capabilities massively impaired, is still unaware. Medical sources say that Salazar's extensive brain damage has paralyzed his left side and permits only the most elementary conversation. Salazar amazed doctors by rallying from each crisis that brought him close to death and during the past month has been allowed to leave his bed and receive a few visitors. World Campus Afloat Sinks Gear In Drink DENTON, Tex. (AP) - Bill Cornelius has a dream job- recreation director for World Campus Afloat, the shipboard school of Chapman College of Orange, Calif. 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