The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on July 27, 1969 · Page 89
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 89

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"Eventually," continued Petula, "I broke away from • my father, broke my contract with the Rank Organization, and took an apartment in London. I was crazy about cars ... I raced them. I went sort of crazy. "I made a very bad job of managing my career because I had no idea about contracts or timetables.. My father had always taken care of things like that. But I was finding out about myself, and these were very important years for pie.,,I found out what I couldn't do -7- ataything to do with business. I was still making hit records and working in music halls and television, but I was bored." It was at this point in her life that Petula went to France, where she was virtually unknown, and met her husband Claude Wolff. After a performance at the, Olympia, an important French theater, Petula talked with the head of a French record' company. "It was a typically Parisian business office with no windows. The boss explained that some French girl was recording all of my hits in French, and it was silly. He wanted me to record my tones' in French-myself. I really didn't *&nt to do^jt. Ldidn't like Paris. As a woman' I find Paris the most terrifying place — terribly sophisticated. While we talked the light went out. This boy came into the room, stood on the table, and changed the bulb. I asked the boss, 'Who's that??, He: said, <Oh, he's Claude Wolff, our public .relations man. He'd be the one to take you around to the disc jockeys and the TV people if you would record for us.' I said, 'Well, I think I'll make the effort, then...' For me it was just like that. "But I didn't want to get married," explained Petula without looking at her husband talking on a .phone at the other end of the room. '4 didn't think I needed it. And he was a swinging Parisian bachelor engaged to a beautiful Parisian mannequin. We wrangled about it for 18 months. He'd come to England, I'd go to France. Finally we decided we just couldn't get along without each other, and we both very much wanted children." Petula and Claude settled down in a series of aparjbv^fnfc, and then a house near Versailles. "Our French house was always full of people drinking whiskey and waiting for us to come back,-and'we'd arrive from someplace like America and just want to collapse. France is full of hangers-on of all sorts who always want to be on the scene." Claude and Petula and their two children now bask in the serenity of their present home in Geneva. BufwitKlTboOming career, Petula often must leave. "I don't want to be thought of as Petula Clark, 'The Singing Mother,' " she insists. "Because I'm not. When I'm home, I'm absolutely devoted to the children. But when I work, I'm completely devoted to my career. • "The only way 1 can cope with separation from my babies is to rarely think about them when I'm away. "When I sing, I have no ties at all. I'm not even married. I'm very free — completely abandoned." Why, Mrs. Chips! D il I jtnt lored Judy Carne of "Laugh-In." Can you tell me more about her md what •he'i doing? — B.F., Titumlle, Ha. Judy, the original " sock-it-to-me" girl, fiat been a professional actress since she was ten. Although she had appeared in feature roles in British films, she became famous only when "Laugh-la" was shown in her native England. She is currently making a movie in London'with Olivia Hussey called "All the Right Noises." I am the mother of two teenagers, and I'm trying to find out what thu generation is all about. Do you know of any books that could help me? — G.S., Spokane, Wash. Blue Cross has put out an excellent free booklet called "Adolescence for Adults" It contains articles that touch on everything from rebellion to 'hip clothes. Authors include Dr. Roy Menninger, and Dr. Kenneth Keniston, 'the Tale psychologist and youth expert. Write to "Ado* Usctnce" ^Blut Crtm Association, 840 North Lake Shore Drive,'Chicago, III. 60611. If it true that Tim Buckley is going to be in a movie? — A.C., San Diego, Calif. Yes. Inthefilm^WildOtange." He's part of a growing list of pop musk'heroes who are turning to acting — Arlo Guthrie in "Alice's Restaurant," Art Garfunkel in "Catch-22," Ringo Starr in " The Magic, Christian" • YOUNG WOBLD touto to Mm* lite rttJtn into'* teen writing to us, md rtgrrh that no mail answers to* bt given. Address: Tomig WorU, Bo* ix&t Gra *4 Ctmtrtt Station, N. r., N. T. 10017. c Last By RODRIGUES And they'll keep you turned on... all summer long. Because Power-Fresh Burgess Batteries have meant "dependable power" for over 40 years. * Remember... when you charge int,o summer, charge up with. Power-Fresh Burgess Batteries ... for flashlights, transistor radios, toys and cameras Burgess batteries turn . 7770 on. ; i; Ctevite Corporation •% Burgess Battery Division THIS WEEK MagaiiK* / /uly 27, !»•« 15

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