The Shreveport Journal from Shreveport, Louisiana on March 3, 1967 · 45
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The Shreveport Journal from Shreveport, Louisiana · 45

Shreveport, Louisiana
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Friday, March 3, 1967
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she Ites 'oklilerr men' By DONALD FREEMAN Copley News Service HOLLYWOOD Marlyn Mason a fine-looking ypung actress with impish eyes and a flair for the funny role smiled demurely and said: "I think I would like to be a kept woman" Beautiful I said dropping my pen and notebook "By who?" I asked "Whom" she corrected "Oh by a man who would be a combination of let's see now Hex Harrison Cary Grant and Charles de Gaulle of Paris France I am partial to older men I have yet to meet a young man who could teach me anything about the world The man I'd really like to meet is William F Buckley — how old is Mr Buckley anyway?" "Young enough" I said "to ride a Honda around the streets of Manhattan" "Great!" said Miss Mason with a gleeful smile "I've watched William Buckley on television and my he does have a soaring appeal He's all pulled together if you know what I mean He seems to know himself That's very important in a man to know himself" "A combination then" I prompt e d "Of Rex Cary Charles and Bill Buckley?" She nodded agreeably "But rich you understand Very rich I would want to wake up some morning and say Oh I think I'll toddle off by jet to London for breakfast Or I would want to fly to New York for just one night to see a play that interested me Besides being rich and not too young he would also have to be a gentleman and have fantastic taste in clothes I like a man who dresses well" I pressed the lapels of my jacket together to hide my handpainted tie "Frankly" Miss Mason went on "what I would really like is to be the only woman in the world Then I'd get all the attention That's what actresses want isn't it — attention? I'll admit it — I'm a showoff but a nice show-off I'm a Leo astrologically Leos are all show-offs People seem to know I'm an actress from the first meeting In a store the saleslady might say 'are you an actress?' But I'll always deny it I'll say 'Oh no I'm a nurse Saved several lives in the hospital last night' And since I did seven 'Ben Caseys' and six 'Dr Kildares' I can talk like a regular Florence Nightingale" - It's true by the way Miss Mason did indeed guest star in seven successive episodes of "Ben Casey" and six of "Dr Kildare" In the first she played a girl slowly going around the bend—"in the final scene they wheel me off screaming" Then "Kildare" found her as the alcoholic wife of Robert Reed Altogether Marlyn Mason is a casting director's dream a versatile player who can fulfill the aforementioned type of role and The Smothers Brothers (Tom left and Dick) with Barbara Eden who will be a guest on their show this Sunday right - then delight the viewers of a recent "Hey Landlord!" with her comedy antics Her recent roles embrace a range as wide as the shows she has graced — from murderous schemer in a "Fugitive" to a multimillionairess I n "Occasional Wife" to Ralph Bellamy's daughter in "The Invaders" to a larcenous secretary in "Captain Nice" And forthcoming is a repeat showing of the ABC 'special "Brigadoon" in which she plays by her own descriptiun "Meg the wench" As she notes "the two male leads are Robert Goulet and Peter Falk Ah but my love scenes are with Peter Falk The story of my life" The story of her life briefly is that she was born Marlyn Mason — her mother had a friend who had a friend whose name was "Marlyn" — in the town of San Fernando Calif moving to Hollywood soon after completing high school Her first impact was scored in "LA" a Billie Barnes revue Now she's in her mid-20s and comes equipped with an extremely pliable face that can register either as Park Avenue chic or Tom Jones Hoyden "Even though it usually comes out 'Marilyn' it's a good name for an actress — Marlyn Mason" she mused "It's far from common except for Marlon Brand° Somehow I have never been confused with Mr Brand° Maybe he'd better be added to the list — Rex Cary Charles Bill and Marlon By NANCY ANDERSON Copley News Service HOLLYWOOD — A bottle of pale pink milkish liquid sits in the middle of the Smothers Brothers' desk at CBS Television City It's for ulcers "I've had an ulcer for a couple of years ever since the beginning of that angel thing" Tommy the relaxed easy-going Smothers brother said The "angel thing" which set his digestive juices into turmoil was a television series in which Tommy played an awkward angel The ratings which the show received were also awkward and the series faded away after a season "Dickie just has the beginning of an ulcer" Tommy went on to explain "so we take the pink medicine We have to be very careful" He looked solemn and patted his stomach which was covered by an expensive-looking tan sweater Whether the pink medicine will affect the Smothers' ulcers is a question for doctors to answer but any observer of the Hollywood scene can be pretty safe in predicting that the brothers' new variety show televised each Sunday evening will affect them one way Or another- f The Shreveport Journal Friday March 3 1967 Its - success during the first weeks of airing has been solid enough to cure All their worries and related digestive disorders During the first two weeks of its life it beat the champ "Bonanza" in the ratings battle and after their third show the brothers' Sunday night variety hour as locked into a respectable 17th place in the national Nielsen standings several notches above "Gomer Pyle" "Gunmoke" and "Peyton Place" At surface glance this sort of instant success would seem a sure cure for ulcers but it ain't necessarily so In the first place 'capturing a high rating is one thing Keeping it is something else The pressure is always on "I think it works this way" Tom said "We are against the Sunday night movie and 'Bonanza' ' "On the other hand if the movie is weak Bonanza's rating gets stronger That's the way I think it works" "I don't know" Dickie-Smothers said His eye was on the ulcer medicine Another digestion-impairing peril -coincident with success is the danger to personal privacy If the Smothers Brothers' Sunday night show gets hotter and hotter the public will want to know more and more about them Marlyn Mason Seeks Combination Man The Sgadilievs' UlIceids including details of their domestic lives - - Tommy's marriage recently went on the rocks and as of this moment he's not about to discuss - it Right after Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher split Debbie wailed "reporters have asked me questions my mother wouldn't dare ask" She and Eddie were paying the price of stardom and Tom Smothers may feel a touch of nausea right now merely contemplating the questions he'd prefer to duck Since the boys' father was an army officer Tom was originally dedicated by his family to a -military career but by the time he'd finished high school he was sure that he didn't want to go to West Point so he went to Cal State at San Jose Calif instead and studied advertising Dick after high school began to work toward a teacher's credential but didn't progress very far "I'd like to go back to school" he said "so I wouldn't feel so ignorant My wife wants to go back to school too She was studying to be an accountant and she'd like to get her ' degree" "She's great at accounting" 1 Tom said "but she never learned how to add" n i D ELEVEN -0 I 1 e - 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