The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 1, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 1, 1954
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TUESDAY, JU'NE 1, 14W4 BLTmETTLLB (ARK.) COURIER HEW! PAGE THKEB Singer Lillian Roth. Fights Back To Top After Battle with Her Past By WILLIAM GLOVER NEW YORK (AP) — In the jargon of show business, one of the "hottest" items on this year's entertainment scene is an elfin-eyed songstress with a story that beats Cinderella's yarn a mile. The label is trade language for performers in big demand. And for the label, singer Lillian Roth is happily grateful. It's her second chance at the Cinderella slipper of fame. The first time was more than 20 years ago when films made her a teenage star. Then she smashed the slipper during what she now recalls as "my horrible alcoholic past." Today, big show spots all the way to Las Vegas keep her busy. a nice two-year recording contract is in the safe, one of the big booking agencies has her under its wing and her autobiography ,is newly in the bookstalls. Currently she is playing a return engagement at the New York supper club La vie en Rose and is the headliner of the Palace Theater's fifth vaudeville anniversary program. "It all reminds me of the man who kept praying for things," says Miss Roth, "'and then when- his wishes began to come true said, 'Not so fast. Lord, not so fast. 1 " Sh* talks of her past and present with tumbling, vivacious candor. She's a person who frankly looks at her past mistakes, is wistfully pleased at current attention and makes religious faith a working part of everyday life. Life Told "I tell my husband (they married when both were members of Alcoholics Anonymous) that we've had our seven lean years, maybe now we'll have seven good years. About a year ago, well after physical and mental rehabilitation had been onerously worked out, Lillian got the first touch of spotlight in a long, long time when Ralph Edwards did his "This Is Your Life" TV show about her. That led to brief engagements in supper clubs, then an extended Miami Beach stand that re- launched her in the entertainment world she first entered at the age of 5. Born in Boston In 1910, Lillian Rutstein had stage-struck parents who were hopeful she and sister Ann, born two years later, would be actresses. The family moved to a cold-water tenement in New York and the name was changed to Roth—to look better in lights. The youngsters played movie bits at the old studios in Fort Lee, N.J., then sang and danced in vaudeville. The sister later left the show i world, is today the mother of a had of 8. For Lillian, however, ' there were Texan Guinan and Billy Rose night club stints, then the "Vanities," Ziegfeld's "Midnight Frolics" and finally talking pictures. Her films included "The Love WEATHER TESTING—An Air Force "Moby Dick" weather balloon is released at the Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester, N. H. The huge balloons carry instrument packages suspended beneath them so researchers at the base can receive automatic reports of weather data through radio relays. Officials say the balloons aren't dangerous and all aircraft in the release area are notified of the ascent Duff Say McCarthy Inviting Anarchy PHILADELPHIA (JP) - Sen. Duff (R-Pa) says Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) has issued "an invitation to anarchy" in calling for federal em- ployes to provide him with information about alleged subversion in the government. And Duff said he would "unqualifiedly" vote to censure the Wisconsin senator, because he thinks the senator has challenged the integrity of the Senate itself. Appearing on a television interview, puff said the current hearings involving the disputes between McCarthy and the army have changed into a contest between McCarthy and the President. He said now is the time for the Senate to "step into the picture by passing rules and examing cases where legislature committees have got out of hand." And Then There Were 4 BALTIMORE (IP)— Arnold White, one of five children lost within a hectic 90-minute period in Druid Hill Park yesterday, told a police matron his mother once had five children but only had four now. "Why?" the matron asked. "Because I'm gone," the 5-year- old said. Jap Mountain Climbers Fail KATMANDU, Nepal (£>)—A Japanese attempt to scale 24,299-foot Mt. Ganesh Himal in the Himalayas has failed, reports 'reaching here said today. The 15-man team was reported on its way back to this capital city. The reports said the Japanese had been forced to withdraw from their third camp and were unable to climb further. An attempt to find another route up the mountain failed. Parade" with Maurice Chevalier, "Paramount on Parade" and "The Vagabond King." Ironically, Miss Roth recalls, she never indulged in the uplifted glass during those frenetic days. It was only when the personal tragedy of the death of her fiance shattered long plans that she turned to alcohol "for its knockout effects." In the twisted, disconnected years that followed Lillian Roth's path led nightmarishly downward. Her reputation preceded her now and regular wors. gave place to occasional bit engagements here and there. Eventually the girl who had once been "brightly climbing found herself on the West Coast, without funds, ill, her sleeping as well as waking hours a phantasmagoria of faces and voices. For some reason which she is unable to explain, Lillian Roth recalled out of her past the name of a New York psychiatrist she had known years before. With the name came a conviction that if she could get to him, he would help her. What followed was voluntary commitment to a sanitarium. Within a few months physical recovery was complete. She was released. The rest was up to her. For several weeks she avoided any new alcoholic temptation. "Then I thought I could have just one drink," she ruefully remembers. Storm Renewed The dreadful storm engulfed her anew. "It wasn't very long until I was hearing those voices. I knew there would be no more chance after this." From somewhere she was able to summon the will to try for escape. Finally, the tortuous struggle to redeem herself led to Alcoholics Anonymous. Here she met T. Burt McGuire, a man who had fallen from comfortable social station down the 90-proof path. "He was sort of an A A sophomore when I arrived as a freshman," Miss Roth says, "and he always was near to lend a hand and show me the ropes." It became a mutual enterprise, boosting each other along the road back. Within a year they married. Their home is now in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ' Although she was physically recovered and had the erstwhile craving firmly suppressed, Miss Roth had yet to face .what she calls her hardest battle—"to regain personal dignity and to be unafraid." The couple decided starting anew far from past associations would be good therapy, so they went to Australia where "they still have vaudeville." She went on a singing tour. The trip, she concedes, had a partial role in restoring her personality. But she says religion gave her the strength she craved. "Doctors can only go so far," she explains. "The rest is up to God." The growth of her religious belief was capped four years ago when she joined the Roman Catholic Church. "I feel I don't want to have to go searching any more," she says quietly and unaffectedly of her i faith. ' OPENS 6:45 EACH NIGHT SHOW STARTS AT DUSK 2 SHOWS EVERY NITE! RAIN or SHINE! •••*•••••••••*•••••••••••••••••••••»»•••••••••••• TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY DOLLAR A CARLOAD Double Feature A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL CARTOON "HOLD THAT POSE" JUST ROLLING ALONG—Tea-month-old Debra Wnght looks as though she has the situation well in hand as she roller skates towards her mother. Mrs. Roger Wright, at a Muskegon, Mich., roller skating rink. Believed to be the youngest skater in the state. Debra was walking at eight months, and roller skating one month later. 9-Year-Old Sends for Martians To Stop 'EarthPeople'sFighting' By JULIUS GOLDEN ALBUQUERQUE W)—If the Martians won't come to the 9-year-old ,inda Sue Russell, she's going to build a space ship and go to them. Last week little Linda Sue, a pert, impressionable youngster, wrote a letter to the Martians telling them to come to her house Sunday night. "What business I am writing •about is to stop the earth people :rom fighting," Linda Sue wrote. •all they have is war, war. war and I'm getting tired of it, so be here." Linda Sue even enclosed a hand- drawn map telling the Martians to and their space ship at a nearby playground. She said she would leave her window open and promised "I will never teli anybody about you." Didn't Make It But the Martians didn't show "I felt sort of mad because they didn't come," Linda Sue said 'When I grow up and become a scientist, I'm going to build i spaceship and go and see them "As soon as I'm 12 I can start studying for it." What Linda Sue wanted to tell ;he Martians was to "scare the people on earth." "That's what I want them to do," she said, "because there's :oo much war. K the people on Exclusive Dealers for CENTURY SPRAYERS See Us Before You Buy! Byrum Implement Co. 118 E. 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She's sure she can build a space ship after she's a scientist," "I''1yp:ipcr" Plant The Portuguese hung a carnivorous plant, the "slobbering Pine," in their kitchens to net as "flypaper," according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Each tablet Hi grains — easy to give exact dosage "just as doctor orders." World's Largest Selling Aspirin for Children Stay Beautiful avoiding Monthly Look 1 No Ull-tilt signs on hit face bocauti cramps. Jitters, bothor her no mori Why look older, worn out, jittery for 2 or 3 days each month? Why let everybody know your "time" is hi-re" Thousnmln of smart wtrls and women tuke n. little Cni'dui each Any to hflp build new fneruy nnd rcnistunco. They look, net,, «lefp better, foul ICHS uiul ICHB mlncry t-ncli month. Some even KO through periods without imln after a while. Slny lovely nil month — n.ik your denier for Curtlul. (Say: "cttrjf-you-rj/r"). MONTHLY CRAMPS CHANGE OF LIFE CARDUI Cpl. Batchelor Signs Non-Red Affidavit SAN ANTONIO. Tex. (71V-One of the U. S. soldiers who first refused iTpatriationn while a prisoner of the Communists in Korea has sinned a non-Communist affidavit. Cpl. Claude Batchi-lor, 22, of Konnit, Tex., signed the affidavit yesterday at Fort Sam Houston's post prison. It clears the way for him to collect about $4.000 in back pay. Butchelor's civilian counsel.. Joel Wostbrook. said part of the money would be used in the corporal's de- 1'ennse. The the lawyer said, will be used to bring' Kyoto. Batchelor's Japanese wife, to this country from Tokyo, where she is living with her family. Batchelor Is imprisoned while the Army investigates the possibility of court-mart inline him on chaws of collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war. Monkey 'Locksmith' frees Companions; One Bitten; 700 flouted BOSTON C/P)—A female monkey at Franklin Park Zoo picked the lock "of an adjoining cage and released two male monkeys yesterday. The monkeys bounded through * crowd of about 100 fleeing persons, bit John Bo*co, 6, and thread ened several others. The birdhouse section was em- tied of all onlookers before caretakers could round up the pair ot males 20 minutes after their escape. Young Boscow was treated at a hospital and released. Pawnbroker's Si«n Legend transformed the three purses of tfold St. Nicholas generously pave away in to the three KOlden balls which Lombard money lenders adopteda s their sign, and which hang over pawnshops the world over today. Box Office Opens 6:45 Show Starts 7:00 p. m. Admission 15c & 35c At All Times TUES., WED., & THURS. TAKE IT HOME! '/ 2 Dozen $-100 FRIED SHRIMP .. • Razorback Drive-In M-G-M proudly presents COLOR BY TECHNICOLOR Cartoon "Heir Bear' Don't Neglect Slipping FALSE TEETH Do fulao tooth drop, (dip or wobbto wh<m you tulle, cat. laugh or sneeze? Don't be aimo.vod and embarrassed by such handicaps. 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