The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on June 27, 1965 · Page 58
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 58

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, June 27, 1965
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I was driven by the idea, If you don't go back to work, they will steal our home." As for Steve, he, too, speaks with the ring of a cash re^rister in his throaty baritone. He has to think about the aeres of his sons (David is five and Michael three) but without hesitation can rattle off the weekly grosses of his Broadway musical hit. "What Makes Sammy Run?" But while Eydie feels insecure, Steve is superbly cocky—a cockiness Eydie delights in pricking. "Just think," Steve wiU say, "I'm just 29, the youngest guy with his own tv show," and Eydie will add, "You're lucky Patty Duke isn't a guy." Momy and tucccu are cold subjects, but the Lawrences can be warmed up easily with two cues—each other and their boys. Steve will wisecrack that they decided on marriage because it was cheaper than long-distance phone calls, and Eydie will grow serious for a moment and muse: "We made a mistake all right—we didn't get married younger. We wasted a lot of time." They were 22 when they married. Next, listeners stand aside for the deluge of "Did we tell you about our children?" tales. Steve: "We were in the Catskill Mountains, and David got up on the stage during rehearsal and started fooling around. I ordered him off the stage and said: 'Don't tell anybody you're my son!' Later I was rehearsing and hit some sour notes. From the back came David's voice, 'Say, Dad, do me a favor. Don't tell anybody you're my father.'" Eydie: "We took David out to Las Vegas when he was younger, and they had a beautiful lawn at the hotel—imported from California, of course. We put David on it, and he howled bloody murder. Coming from Manhattan, it was the first time he'd seen so much grass. It took six weeks for him to get used to it. So we decided he should be brought up in a less citified surrounding, and we moved across from Central Park." To the boy from Brooklyn and the girl from the Bronx, you can't get much more "countrified" than Central Park. Steve, son of a house painter and cantor, sang in a Brooklyn ssmagogue until he was 12 and his father, fearing he might ruin his voice, retired him. Back in action in 1952, Steve was twice turned down for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" but characteristically persisted in auditioning. When he did appear, he won top honors. Eydie made her first public appear- ENTERTAINMENT ance at three when she wandered onto a department-store stage where a children's radio program was in progress. Only mononucleosis has kept her off for any length of time since. From vocalist with a high-school band, Eydie graduated to such professional outfits as Tommy Tucker's and Tex Beneke's orchestras. She was established in night clubs and on records when she joined the old Steve Allen program—as did Steve Lawrence. After that, "things just evolved" between Steve and Eydie. Nowadays, Eydie confines her appearances to theaters and engagements which allow her either to take the children along or have them visit her on weekends. Steve, too, has curtailed his touring ("I spent my honeymoon in Miami Beach, and Eydie spent hers in Las Vegas; none of that now!"). He usually can coordinate his free afternoon time with the children's. It's odd for individuals who revel in the spotlight, but they speak mostly about each other off stage in fond kidding tones —and usually, as in the opening incident, without much accuracy. Both, for example, agree that Steve is the "stubborn one" and Eydie the "easygoing one." But there's a stuffy manager of a swank London hotel who would probably reply that the two must be strangers to each other. The Lawrences were visiting London with their new baby, and Eydie called room service to ask for a supply of diapers. "Madam," a voice said icily, "we do not understand. Diapers? Diapersl" The English, according to Eydie, know perfectly well what diapers are but invariably launch a cold war aimed at making Americans ask for the British equivalent —nappies. Despite Steve's efforts at .peacemaking, Eydie stubbornly worked her way up to the hotel manager who, like the others, held firm: "Madam, I don't understand— diapers'!" "Diapers!" Eydie exploded. "And if you don't get them up here quick, I'm going to use those thick, expensive bath towels of yours." There was a pause before the manager replied lamely. "Madam, we will send diapers up immediately." As she retells the story, Steve Lawrence shakes his head with the exasperation only a husband of seven years can appreciate. But "easygoing" Eydie is still miffed. "Nobody is going to make me call a diaper a nappy!" • Family Weekly, June 27,1965 19 Thousands Lose Weight -Without Starving!' 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