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Here's a revealing personal portrait of this popular young star by the woman who loves him best: his mother Enjoying o rare day off in Hollywood, Sal hoists saii for a leisurely cruise in the sun. he was 13, his nickname in our house "was "Junior," although he hated it and asked everybody to call him Sal. We all agreed except Vic, who is a tease. One day, Vic asked "Junior" to help him move a heavy bureau downstairs. They got it to the head of the stairs and then Vic hoisted it onto his back and shouted, "OK, Junior, now pick up the other end." Sal didn't move. He said quietly, "What's my name?" Vic Was straining to prevent his knees from buckling, "Come on. Junior, you're breaking my back." "What's my name?" Sal repeated just as quietly. "Okay, Sal!" Vic yelled, and Sal grabbed for his end. M Y SON is in a tough business indeed. When Sal came home after making "The Gene Krupa Story," I could tell he was really fatigued. "Slow down," I begged. "You're doing too much." "I feel fine," he said. "Don't worry about me." Then he went into town to do five or six interviews. That evening he turned to me on the patio of our house and said, "I feel strange," and collapsed. I had to get the doctor in a hurry. "Your boy's exhausted." the doctor said. "He's also got a serious eye condition. Get him to bed or, if he doesn't listen, send him to a hospital." Sal listened. For weeks he lay in his room with the shades drawn. But even then he wouldn't stop working. Friends came in every day to read scripts to him. He listened and made notes which he intended to discuss with the writers. As days went by and Sal still lay in bed, I began to fear he might be going blind. The patch over his eye frightened me. Sal must have sensed this, God love him, because one day, while I was begging him not to work so hard, he straightened up in bed and said, "Ma, I don't want you to worry. You want to see me happy, don't you?" I nodded yes—I did so want my boy to be happy. 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