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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 24

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Friday, May 8, 1970
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...... Aa Actress Pkys \ By Michael Reman © the WSshinston fost M ONTEdlTb, CALI.F.- Dame Judith 'Artderson is 72 and this fall she will play- Hattiiet. People may think that she means she'll play Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, but no, she repeats patiently, she is playing Hamlet. \ In /act, since early spring she has been taking fencing lessons, and- soon she will start' funning on the beach and eating steak tobuM up her slender 5-4 frame for the job. "It's the challenge of my lifef^saicHDame Judith, one of . the world's most distinguished interpreters of great stage roles. She sat in her rambling hacienda in the hills above Santa Barbara, her back held stiffly aloof from the sofa cushion. A large black cat named Buller circled warily around the room, which was a converted breezeway overlooking the garden. "I've thought about it for years, but things were never just right," she said. "We're going into the university towns, small cities mostly, although we do have "two performances at Carnegie Hall, and they're already sold out. It's frightening. "I just have to do it, I have to have a shot at it. Hamlet's not just a male, he's a person, and he covers the whole range - of human-emotion. "T CAN'T TALK about my ^iwerk," she said. "You have to see it. I'm poor at interviews, not-like Larry (Lawrence) Olivier — oh, he's so articulate. "I'm too vain. I do the classics so I can clothe myself in etaken merely because another actress, lifted an eyebrow at mis when I walked in, and she wasn't supposed to knovf me yet. How can you act in those circumstances?" '.'-. n is, if anything, se. Miss Anderson's first yal was of Lady, Macbeth in 1955 which was done live\^ • . The actors.^maccustomed to he studio, lost ml sense of direction backstageNjollidihg Dame Judith Anderspn She'll Play Hamle't the great personalities. I'm not the first woman 7 "* do Hamlet, -of course." The ptoauction will be done with/asmoU cast, probably to/be drawn from William /Ball's American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, Calif. The Hamlet interpretation to be used will depend 'partly on the director, she added, but it probably will not be a new one. "I have no intention," she ~said7~"of challenging the great actors' interpretations." Discussing Hamlet's character with obvious deep familiarity,. she speculated on the puzzling murder of Polonius by a man who hesitated to kill the murderer of his own father. "And then there are the , inconsistencies about jDphel- ia, but — oh!" a quick smile, an Impatient brushing aside of invisible obstacles "—I want to get at it." One critic has already predicted that she would "ham" up the role, a claim she dismissed with an imperious sniff ..... "I'm learning my lines now, even though I won't see the director until the fall. I'll be studying from here on." The plan calls for a September opening in San Francisco, moving to Washington, D.C., Phifedelphia, Pa., Baltimore, Md., Cleveland, Ohio, and smaller university towns. The actress led me around the house, through a higb-ceil- Inged living room with a bogkUned mezzanine, massive dark furniture and a painting of herself *s a young woman " * in She talJked about the movies, which she coasters "very secondary" in her life •^-though tier celebrated role as the malignant Mrs. Dan- yers to "Rebecca" Ms made her a sort of personification of evil for millions of Americans. Subsequent pictures include "King's Row," "Edge of Darkness/' Jerry Lewis' "Cinder- fella" and something called "Lady Scarface" (for which bfir rofjiw fflns&(?^\TO is that in the darkness, terrified of making a wrong entrance. Her second TV Macbeth, which won her an Emmy, was in I960. fUOlfH ANDERSON'S O Broadway career started in 1924 with an ordinary-melodrama called "Cobra," ("I played a vamp — I- didn't khow what a vamp was"). She triumphed in O'Neill, Chekhov, Pirandello, the Pulitzer winning "The: Old Maid" and many less-tnan-immortal hits. In 1951-52 she toured the charming sheers for graduation plans Feminine flattery for that special graduate. Sheer dotted Swiss^vith delicate flower print. 65% -Polyester 35% cotton edged with cotton lace. 1. Sleeveless empire styling with bib front lace panel. Blue or pink. Junior petite 3 to/ll. $13 2. Empire waist/with soft skirt. Long sleeves rufflexcuffed. Blue or vellow. Junior petjte 3 to 11. $15 Junior Deb Shop; third floor, Downtown, Ph rle $ffi P^' Eastgate and all stores. ?£°?£' 2 l 4 - 1112 i ext. 243. On mail orders add 3 c / 0/ tax, 65c postage and handling. \ country reading "John Brown"s Body" andf "Don Juan in Hell" with other top actors. It wasn't always that -way. There wer6 the years of hoping and wondering, when Miss Anderson played in Australia, sailed for Hollywood to seek her fortune and didn't make it. She then moved to New Yorfc and didn't -make .it there, either. But- she was offered jobs with stock companies at $40 a week. By I9ld she was starring in the shows and making $50, and "Cobra" was just around the corner. During those years in New Yorki she lived in a cold water walkup, on an income derived from her mother's sewing — "And mother didn't take to this easily. She'd never Worked before. "She was no stage mother. She never complimented me on my acting, jiist said I could do better. Things like that." \ May's prettiest flowers for at-home hours Mother's leisure hours are doubly pleasant when she wears Loungees® blend of Fortrel® polyester and Avril® rayon. It's styled with self ruffles edged in cotton lace and a self tie bow at the neckline. In-seam pocket. Tone-on-tone print of pink or blue. 10 to 20. 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