The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on June 27, 1965 · Page 56
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June 27, 1965

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 56

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an Addict Thin family nnapskot shown Barbara Luna at 5, with her KiKter Marilyn, tO. ing at night, so we didn't see much of each other. She often was out of town, too. Consequently we grew farther and farther apart. On the infrequent occasions when she came home, I began to notice that she acted strange, seemed sort of preoccupied. When I aslced my parents whether Marilyn was sick, they told me to stop asking questions. Later, by eavesdropping, I learned Marilyn had become a drug addict. One day I unexpectedly ran into Marilyn on the street, and I was shocked at how much weight she'd lost. That night I asked my parents why they hadn't tried to help her, and they said they were incapable of coping with the situation. But now I realize they were afraid of hurting my career. They must have felt that having a sister who was a known dope addict would be a detriment to an aspiring young actress. I was no help, either. But luckily there was an aunt who understood the situation. She kept in touch with Marilyn, who by now was unable to hold a job. Once she tried to kick the habit and checked into a hospital so crowded that they placed her in a corridor. The hospital either didn't know about her addiction or didn't care. There she contracted pneumonia. They cured her of that and sent her on her way—right back to the pusher. As far as she was concerned, that did it. She was convinced that no one would help her. I last saw Marilyn alive in January, 1964, when my aunt called and told me Marilyn had been arrested. I rushed right over, but to my surprise she really didn't look much worse than I had remembered—even rather pretty in a wistful sort of way. I learned later that the physical change depends a great deal on how much money the addict makes and how well she By BARBARA LUNA eats. Most -junkies put all their money into their veins, with none left for food. But while Marilyn's body didn't seem too affected, her thinking certainly was. She seemed impatient and disturbed and couldn't give a sensible answer to questions. She needed help badly and immediately. I insisted, "You must do something!" and suggested psychoanalysis because it had helped me. She replied, "That would be using a crutch." "A crutch!" I cried out. "What do you think you're using now?" I cried when I left her that evening—for her and for my own inability to help her. On July 4 last year, Marilyn was found dead in a hotel room. I don't know whether she died of an overdose or whether she'd just come to the end of the line—too broke to support her habit, too sick to care. It was such a needless death. After the initial shock wore off, I began to realize that if I hadn't gotten into the theater at an early age, if I hadn't had something to do, I probably would have hung around with the same street gangs. But for the grace of God, Marilyn's life and mine could have been the same. That's why I agreed to play the role of a junkie in "Synanon." To me, it's not so much a movie as a valuable public service. Most addicts really want -to be cured. All they need is someone around who understands—someone who gives hope and encouragement to those who want to help themselves. And that's exactly what they get at Synanon House. It provides a new approach to the problem: addicts being aided by those who understand them best—ex-addicts. %• Riddl* M«This A tall Mexican and a little Mexican stood in front of a store. The little Mexican was the tall Mexican's son, but the tall Mexican wasn't the little Mexican's father. How was this possible? (See Answer Box) CoinPiujd* Say to your friend: "I have two coins in my hand that together add up to 55 cents. One is not a nickel. What are the two coins?" 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"WHAT WOMEN WANT TO KNOW" FIHI Front:, revealing 32-poga book e»plaint i*entlruatio«. Send \0t lo cover coti ol mailing and handling lo Dept. 11, Bon IM. NewYork.N.V. 10016. (Winploinwrapperl PHOTO CREDITS Pofl« 2: CwWwr PkturM, Inc.; Henry Croumon; Wide World. Page 4: Crete Mannheim for DPI. Page U: N. Y. Daily News. Family Weekly, June 27, t »65 13 Our children pioneers? Take a thoughtful look into the future, and this much is clear: The future t)elongs to the fit. The future belongs to those < vigorous enough to live it, and shape it! Are your schools providing for physical fitness as part of the sound education your children need to carve out their share of the future? You parents can help see that they do. Write: The President's Council on Physical Fitness, Washington, D.C., for information. PRESIOENrS COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS Published as a public service In cooperation with The Advertising Council

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