The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 7, 1975 · Page 34
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 34

Provo, Utah
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Monday, April 7, 1975
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TV14—THE HERALD, Prove, Utah, Monday, April 7, 1975 W—THE HERALD, hrovo, uian, monaay, April i, iyta / ^^ . Roy Clark: Just a Normal Millionaire Jet Pilot NEW YORK - (NEA) Only someone as isolated from civilization as a Tibetan lama, could not know who Roy Clark is. In just 28 days, Clark, fixture of television's HeeHaw, taped 14 different nationally syndicated programs. Delighted with such massive exposure, the ever-affable 42- year-old Country & Western singer says he would, nonetheless, welcome a slump just to catch his breath. But with his year-round schedule of hopping town-to-town in his private jet for one-nighters and video tapings, Clark has time for lit- tle else. With his current popularity on a par with tax rebates, he feels now is the time to diversify his talent to prove he's worth it all. That exhausts still more of his precious leisure time for, in addition to the 10 million viewers who tune in HeeHaw each week to eat up his agile guitar-picking served with a side order of cornpone, millions more crowd into country fairs and rodeos across the Midwest and South to see their hero. Upon his fourth appearance as host of the Tonight Show. Clark drew more viewers than any other guest host in that program's history. And comedy, variety or talk show guesting Clark, such as Mac Davis, The Odd Couple or Merv Griffin, where he frequently appears, can be assured of a quantum leap in viewer ratings that evening. "I'm pleased with how things have gone for me," the six-foot, 230-pound singer understates. "But my goals have changed a lot in the past five years. My interests are different now and not always related to show business. For instance, I have Teenage Daughter on Series, 'Good Times' Really a Bride HOLLYWOOD UPI - Bemnadette Stanis, the perky teenaged black girl of the "Good Times" series, is actually 20 years old and a perky newlywed. Last June she married her childhood sweetheart back in her native New York. Actually, it was a childhood crush. Her husband is architect Thomas Fauntleroy. When they met Bemnadette was only 15 years old. Tom was 22 and didn't know that she was alive. Bemnadette grew up beautiful and shapely. And Tom did take NEW BICYCLES In Stock For Immediate Delivery Choose from All Models PARTi-ACCESSORIES-SERVICE DAV'C CYC " RvY 5 SHOP 444 W. Center 373- 1 744 notice. Now they share a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood. Bemnadette has filled it with modern, contemporary furniture in orange, yellow and brown highlights. The walls are decorated with photographs of her family and portraits of the CBS-TV show cast whom she calls her "other family." Bernnadette is particularly close to Esther Rolle, the actress who plays her mother in the weekly comedy series. Bernnadette frequently stops by to spend a few hours with Esther, who is also from New York. The apartment has two balconies, looking down on a swimming pool three floors below. Every morning Bernnadette gets up in time to fix a bacon and egg breakfast — and sometimes hominy grits — for Tom and herself before heading for the studio at 8:30. Every evening except Thursday, when the show is taped, she is home by 6 to fix dinner. Dinner fare is usually steak, salad and a baked potato. Bernnadette watches her weight, careful not to eat herself out of the role of a 16-year-old. STRIPPING & REFINISHINC REMOVE UNSIGHTLY FINISH AND! RESTORE NATURAL BEAUTY NEW STRIPPING PROCESS • PIANOS • CHAIRS . • DESKS • BEDROOM FURNITURE • TABLES • CEDAR CHESTS Boat Harbor Dr. 2300 West W N • ii U; i> 3 ? a n a. E West Center St. 9 a.m. To 6 p.m. t 2300 West Boat Harbor Dr. PHONE 377-5500 On Friday and Saturday nights the newlyweds head for one of several seafood restaurants. Tom has dinner alone on taping nights and then sits in the studio audience when the show is performed. As in the case of her character on the tube, Bernnadette perfers blue jeans and pullovers around the apartment. But when she goes out she likes to wear a dress. The suddenness with which she won her role has left Bernnadette somewhat befuddled. She was attending the Juilliard School of Music and was looking for a summer job to pay for her tuition when she came to the attention of the show's producers. They brought her to Hollywood and put her under contract. "I wasn't ready to leave school," Bernnadette says. "They gave me a week to make up my mind. I decided I might as well work at being a performer instead of studying to be one. So here I am." GOODWILL TV PROMPT SERVICE SHOP OR HOME 225-7550 798 S. STATE OREM PEST CONTROL DAY or NIGHT WE KILL PESTS H« ( CMTNl TERMITE CONTROL Scientific Pell Conliol-AII Kmdl • Pto*cn Mtrhodt • Innde Oullidi • RencWnl.ol - Comm«<cial fhon. ftovi, <*•»<» 1A 4 A C.II.H 3/3-3940 lank Credit Cofdi We/come BUFFO'S TERMITES PESTCONTROl 155 5. 200 W. Provo IfiMH WD»J01 IAU- MICf ROY CLARK: Involve yourself. learned that this country doesn't run itself and you really must involve yourself in what's going on." That may sound like a man considering participation in some political campaign or public issue: "I would endorse a politician if I believed in him," Clark answers cautiously, "if I felt he was sincere. But I would have to be sure about this man, have to know all his views and have some idea about how he may change them once in office. Suppose he's elected and found to be a crook? That doesn't do much for a performer's image if he was helping in the campaign and is identified with the crook. "So far, the only politically related show I ever did was for George Wallace when he ran for president in 1968. But 1 was paid for my act and did not have to endorse him. It was not a benefit performance." And there have been performances — 300 of them scheduled for just this year and covering 200,000 miles. Past performances have brought awards — 27 of them, including recognition for his comedic talents as well as singing and musicianship. Clark scored a hat trick in Country & Western last year when he swept up all three top awards. He has also had a star dedicated to him on Hollywood Boulevard. Such notoriety has its compensations. Clark considers his wellpublicized 11,000-acre cattle ranch inTulsa, Okla., as just a business venture with his manager, Jim Halsey and another C&W great, Hank Thompson. Actually, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and their four children live in Maryland but he plans to move to Tulsa this fall. In his pocket, jangle the keys to a $2 million Mitsubishi jet, a Rolls Royce, a Continental, a '32 Chrysler, a Model "A" Ford, two Harley Davidson motorcycles and a 43-foot yacht. A publicist for ABC-Dunhill who Clark records for, disclosed with .002 karat candor, "Roy's management has promised to slit me from guzzle to zatch if I made the fact public that Roy's income is over a million bucks a year." The wide sideburns on Clark's face shift up and down as he explains that in a few years, he hopes his crazy schedule will slow down and he will have more time to languish over his real passion — music. "I'm always interested in trying something new in music, seriously experimenting. Until . HeeHaw, most folks thought there were two Roy Clarks, one who joked and sang, the other a serious guitarist. HeeHaw made people understand it was me doing both." There is no confusing his genuine warmth with another Roy Clark however. Despite his justifiable fame, Clark remains a likeable, down-home sort and not of the "good 'ole boy' category, either. Snobs are stunned by this man when he reels off a stomach-wrenching pun between bluegrass ditties and then tosses the guitar aside, picks up a violin and executes as tender a passage from Paganini as they'll ever hear. C&W, his real bread and butter he says, has undergone some obvious changes when it was enjoyed mainly by those below the Mason Dixon or by small pockets of fans throughout the country. "Country's had its ups and downs, not as consistent as it used to be; probably because of all the new blood. Some new entertainers have brought a new influence, too. There isn't as much drug use now as there was but there's still alcoholism. That's died down though, in comparison to what it was like years ago. Back then, Hank Williams Sr. was a known alcoholic but everyone tolerated it because he was so talented, a big star. Then, a lot of not so successful singers thought drinking like Hank would make them big stars, too. "After they were told not to return to many places for being drunk while playing, they got the message. Country doesn't have the decadence that, say, rock music has — I don't mean in the music, obviously, I mean the artists' lives. Country singers are usually more conventional than rock stars." And how conventional a coun- ,try singer is Roy Clark? Oooh, just a run of the mill superstar- millionaire-jet pilot. CAR STEREO SALES AT JIFF'S T.V. and STEREO FREE INSTALLATION AND SERVICE FOR ONE FULL YEAR 1735S.St.Orem 224-2066 REALTOR Start with a SOUND STRUCTURE Realtors have found a creative way to eate »he housing pinch, even though new houiing construction is slow. Old houses that are Mill structurally sound are being remodeled and renovated ... then told to families at fair market prices. A REALTOR is concerned where YOU'RE concerned! See... BOLEY REALTY INC. 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