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Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Way 1, 1974 F A V C T T E V I L L E , A R K A N S A S Aging Actor, Henry Fonda duccr an actor's salary. The p a r t had just one scene in the (irst act and another in the third but H was the role ev- eryone went home remember-] inn." Fonda's canniness paid o f f . June Walker ^aw him perform. and that fall he was sWring an Broadway in "The Farmer Takes a Wife." He's been in orbit ever since. "If I hadn't gone to Surrey that sumcmr." he chuckles, "t wouldn't be talking to you now." Triumphs As Clarence Darrow NEW Y O R K (AP) -- Henry Fonda got two plays in the same mail. One. by an eminent author, he'd been w a i t i n g to do for a IOHR lime. The other, u n heralded, changed his inmri. "It took me a week to compose a letter t u r n i n g down a beautiful piece of work, and explaining this once-in-a-lifetimc thing t h a t bad happened." says the veteran star. He tactfully avoids specific identity of the bypassed onus. 'There have been many crest? in the Fonda career, hut his choice of the one-role drama "Clarence Darrow" seems like ly to rival Fonda's m a r a t h o i t r i u m p h in "Mr. Robert?." "It can be an annuity." en thuses the man who first cam( to Broadway 4fi years aÂ£0. can do it w h e n e v e r I foe] up t it -- on t h i s tour we're only nit ting the high spots. "Hut it won't become a trap 'ilher. Fortunately I'm in con- rol of w h a t I do." On May 16 \c t u r n s fi9 and has no intention of slacking off on other stage. ,creen and television activities. The SKO popularity of "Clarence Darrow" has surprised the star. "It's one thing to f l i p o v c r Backwards and get excited yourself." he says, "and another to consider how it will be accepted by the public. We weren't that sure." The play, by David W. Rintels. chronicles the l i f e of the noted attorney who surgcc through the law courts like ." one-man A m e r i c a n Civil Liber tics Union for h a l t a century With no m a k e u p except some stomach padding and an arti f i c i a l forelock. Fonda solos nn incredibly evocativie portrait. "I knew from the beginning vasn't going to try to recreate he man like Hal Holbrook does Mark Twain. I don't have the Â·asic thinigs for t h a t . 'All t knew about Darrow was that he defended Leopold- Loeh and was in the Scopes monkey trial. So I went hack and researched like 1 never remember doing for another part." Kver a careful operator. Fonda insisted on a preview stand in Louisville -- "I said I'd like to fail .. . somewhere !cforo the official premiere in Chicago, which was Dai-row's home." Both engagements were sellouts, a pattern since repeated in Washington. Cleveland, Philadelphia anil the just-concluded five-week New York visit. Though he doesn't keep fan letters after showing them to For 'Anti-Nixon' Criticism CBS Cites Threat 01 Government Retaliation LOS A N G E L E S (AP) -- Administration spokesmen threatened CI5S-TV anrl its W h i t e House correspondent w i t h government retaliation and corporate financial ruin if the network continued "anti-Nixon" criticism, according lo sworn court documents filed by CBS and ABC, The documents, filed Monday in response to a government anti-trust suit, claimed network executives were "quietly and privately threatened" beginning in I f l M ' b y Nixon officials in- White Minority Keeps Power In Apartheid South Africa J O H A N N E S B U R G , South Af- sparsely settled frontier with rica ( A P ) -- Apurllieici is alive and well .it age 26 ;nul guaranteed at least five more years to flourish. South Africa's ^cnc tion last Wc'Jrosday elec- showed that (he w h i l e minority which controls Africa's richest nation supports the government's racial policy of .segregated "separate development," the official description for apartheid. The NalK~maH:st party smothered all opposition to win its seventh election since coming to power in 191R. A total of 1.1 million whites voted to seat 122 Nationalists, il members o[ the United party and 6 Progrcs sives in P a r i i n m o n l . Bolh (he Nationalists and the Progressives made gains; the United party lost ground, The Nationalist victory wa? forecast by virtually every political w r i t e r in Ihc country. Including tho.se supporting the op poshion parties. Afrikaners, de scendants of the Boer pioneers \v!io opened np the interior the country, comprise fiO per cent of (lie white population of 3.8 million, and the Nationalist party is t h e i r political voice The United party was split he hvecn a conservative old gnatx and a reform-minded element A n d the Pro E* ressi ve pa rty . ; splinter from the United, still is not strong enough to constitut a serious challenge. Prime Minister J o h n Vorste called the election a year be fore he was required to. savin.. he wanted a fresh m a n d a t e to keep the country "safe in the dangerous years ahead' 1 and "a free- h a nd to dea I \vi t h what mrty come." In n post -elect ion broadcast Friday lie cited the overthrow of the dictatorship in Portugal by m i l i t a r y leaders promising more freedom for the blacks in Portugal's A f r i c a n territories. "The change of government in that country will affect us intimately, but at tins stage I do not foresee t h a t it will basically affect or d i s t u r b our relations." said Vorater. South Africa has a long. 'orluguese territory, Mo- :ambiquc. Another, Angola, Borders South-West Africa, the ormer League of Nations mandate which the Nationalist government refuses lo turn over tr he United Nations. Observers nxpect a massive increase in lefensc spending because of the coup in Lisbon. Angola and Mozambique, to fiethcr with an increasingly vulnerable Rhodesia, have for met i convenient buffer of white rule from the Atlantic to the In dian oceans for South Africa Liberation movements seeking to end white rule in Africa un doubtcdly would concentrate on Rhodesia and Soulb Africa i the Portuguese governmen negotiateri a settlement will the freedom fighters in its Afri can territories. Arch Ford To Address Area Schoolmasters The a n n u a l fish fry. spo: sored by the Northwest Arkan Club, will be held at 6:30 p.m May 6 at the elementary schoo cafeteria in Prairie Grove. Guest speaker will be Dr Arch Ford, Arkansas' com missioner of education. Reservations may be mad hefore noon May '! by callin 8-16-2170 or the " o f f i c e of J.R K e n n a n , county school super visor, 4-12-4521. " Pays Taxes B A L T I M O R E . Md. C A P ) President Nixon has paid mo? of the $^12.787 plus interest tha the Internal Revenue servic said he o\vcs in back incom taxes, the Baltimore Sun sai today in a story attributed I an a u t h o r i t a t i v e source. The Sun, in a dispatch froi its Washington bureau, said th source refused to revc-al ho much of the debt had bee Sign Language A nÂ«lck ca( perched on a w i n tow sill near Wayne S t a l e University's campus Monday ignored a potentially dangerous message. (AP Wirephoto) .mling Presidential Press Sce- ctary Ronald I.. Zicglcr, for- Nixon adviser John R. Eh- ichmart and former special residential Counsel Charles r. Colson. CBS' While House cor londent, Dan Rather, said in a worn a f f i d a v i t that in Kebrti- Â·y 1971 "Ronald Ziegler . . . id to me that the television etworks were 'anti Nixon 1 and mt 'they are going to have to ity for that, sooner or later, ne way or another."* Rather added, "On at least ne and perhaps two occasions. his wife. Shirley, Fonda voices particular pleasure over the play's popularity with young spectators. Next on the agenda come Boston, Detroit, Denver and Los Angeles, until June 16. Then ho goes to Paris for a film, and on Aug. 12 arrives with "Clarence Darrow" in Honolulu where the American Has Association, in convention assembled, has already bought out four performances. A f t e r t h a t , Spokane. Wash., and "the wind up tor this season" in San Francisco. NOT T1RI\G "It isn't a physically t i r i n g part," comments the star, "but I'm aware at every performance I'm talking on tired voice muscles." So he's cut out Wednesday matinees and la- percd off on such collateral activities as interviews and receptions. The show may also be taped for a TV special, he adds, "though my fittest ion is, if we're talking about the annuity for me this can be, will that water down future prospects? 1 ' Fonda is a w a r e that he has sometimes been criticized t h a t a man of such thcspian reputation never tackles classic roles. "I'm Midwest and nroud of it. This isn't to put down American actors, because there are some who can play classics very well. But I can't. T don'1 feel I need apologize to anybody that I am limited. 1 1 Looking back over the years, Fonda leaves no doubt that his supreme acting thrill was the 1948 night when he opened in "Mr. Roberts" and "the au- of LUMBER and POLE BARNS Any Six*--For otm Ehrlichman stated to Easy lo Build, Easy lo Follow Plans, Furnished EASY TO ASSEMBLE. LONG LASTING CORRUGATED METAL SIDES AND ROOF. STORE THAT VALUABLE HA\ r OR MACHINERY B u y A n d S a v e B e f o r e S t e e l Increases! 23'x34' ' 2Tx41' 45'x60- $814.57 $ 1 , 0 4 9 . 5 5 $ 2 , 9 2 3 . 9 5 ic, in words or substance, thai he networks will get theirs, of Tat you can be sure." 1 Attorneys for CBS anrl ARC lotetl in their legal brief a prc- 'iously released report that Eh- Hchman once met with CBS Â·Jews President Richard S. San rit and u rged that R alher dience stood on their chairs to cheer." He played in the comedy over 1.700 times "and on the last night it was better t h a n ever before because Director Josh Logan tolu me it was." Right now he believes that 'should be trcd." COKSON transferred or BLAMED "Clarence Darrow" "1.000 In another sworn affidavit, 'ormer CHS President Frank Â·Jtanton said. "In early Novem- er, 1972, Mr. Colson called me on the telephone and -said in substance that unless CBS sub stanlially changed its news .reatmcnt of the Nixon administration 'things will get much worse for CBS.' He also .said, in substance, 'you didn't play ball during the campaign. . . . We'" ng you to your knees in Wa Street and on Madison Avenue." CBS and ABC brought up the incidents in legal briefs urging J.S. District Court to throw out the a n t i - t r u s t suit on grounds it s instituted for political re- lallation. an unconstitutional purpose. . . . The administration perceived the news media--and the networks in particular--to be enemies against which the most intensive pressure should be directed," the brief saicl. The two networks contenrled the case "was commenced for the unconstitutional purpose of harassing, intimidating and inhibiting them in their exercise of First Amendment rights." Ehrlichman declined to comment, "since it is litigation." The Justice D e p a r t m e n t Filed its anti-trust s u i t against he three major TV networks -ABC. CHS and NBC -- on April 14, 1972. asking hat they be prohibited from network syndication activities and acquisition of financial and other interests in programs obtained from irv dependent producers. The suit alleges that CBS violated the Sherman Act by excluding from prime time entertainment programs it did not own, per cent better" than when it began. When he thinks about, career turning points, Fonda singles out the summer of 1932 when the only joh he could get was driving a station wagon for a stock company in Surrey, N.H. In the middle of the .season he was released from c h a u f f e u r duties to take over as set designer. vSTILT, P A I N T S could always draw well and thought it was a very ordinary talent," says who still paints as the man avoca- *~Complete material furnished (except foundation and paint); overhead doors, all hardware, high quality . r o o f i n g windows, all lumber and nails. Easy to follow plans with .material. 12x20 - 575.72 14x24 - 678.30 20x24 - 849.62 nnnn One of Fonda's still life was auctioned recently for $23,000. A touring star saw his work at Surrey and because of her report to the trade "the nexi summer I couldn't get arrested as an actor hut I had the pick of every theater in the country o do settings." He picked ML Kisco, N.Y., because it was near Manhattan. So what happened? "There was an open week in Ehe middle of the summer and the producer asked me if I knew of a simple five-role play." By no coincidence whatever Fonda suggested "It 1 : Wise Child." 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