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22 · Northwest Arkcmsus TIMES, Thurs., Ort. 3, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Betty Ford's Ordeal Stirs Warm. Response .WASHINGTON (AP) -- Betty Ford's sudden ordeal with cancer has touched off a sympa- thetic reaction among women, also face. across the country and an Ten thousand letters, more awakening to the dangers they I than 500 phone calls, over 200 And Tougher Being An Actress Bette Davis; Tough As Ever Being A Woman NEW YORK (AP) - It's as tougli as ever to be a woman and it's getting louglier to be an actress, says Bette Davis, a veteran and voluble virtuoso at such matters. Despite the widely pvo- claimcd lib movement, Although her heart 'belongs to movies, Miss Davis reservations about voices long denture in this "really exhausting profession" of stagecraft. Her three children are now grown up. thereby easing pre- vious maternal concern. "Like it or not, one should get to love theater," she de clares. "Because I must work some of the time. Everybody must for the good of their heads. I'll always be busy." telegrams and scores of flower arrangements have poured into the White House and Bclhosda, Md., Naval Hospital since word came of Mrs. Ford's breast cancer operation Saturday. Mrs. Ford was reported continuing to make a good, recovery. A medical bulletin said she is on a regular diet and had gained almost full mobility of her right arm. A spokesman for the American Cancer Society said telephones "have been ringing off the hook" with calls from thousands of women who want to make appointments with doctors and clinics for breast cancer examinations. "It's a tragedy for Mrs. Ford, but she may have saved an awful lot of women's lives," said » spokesman for the American Ciuicer Crusade, which long sponsored an educational campaign to ulcil women to the need for' early detection and period check-ups. The outpouring of prayers, good wishes and hopeful advice from those who have recovered from breast cancer surgery like hers has been dramatic. In only-four days, the volume of mail at the White House appears thing years to have exceeded any- First Ladies in recent have received. Wives of could possibly accommodate in :he five-room presidcnllal suite during an expected 10-day slay President Ford appealed t those who might want to senc flowers to contribute instead 'ti the American Cancer Society. It's still too early yet to tcl how the donations to the cancc society will be affected by the appeal, a spokesman said. Bu even the White House is gettin; donations, many of them smaJ although there was one chec! senators have been helping Mrs. Ford cope: with the flood of messages. : After more flowers arrived at the hospital than Mrs. Ford for $5,000. "One (hough," spokesman of women thing is the cancer noted, around definite societj "Thousand the countr; and asking the American Can Society, clinics, hospital doctors about getlini ireast examinations. It has gal- 'anlzed everyone Into action." The letters to Mrs. Ford have :ome from young and old, icople in public life and women vho want to encourage her. Some cured cancer patients even sent their pictures. Alice Longworlh, 90-year-old daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, sent this message to Mrs. Ford: "Just a line to wish you well from one who a number of years ago had the experience you just had." A nun, who is a nurse in Tea- rieek, N.J., sent a "well, welcome to our club," message, reporting she celebrates her ninth anniversary of a ma's tectomy this month and has been encouraging others who have had them that they can live a normal life. "Your faith and courage wil be a great source of. strength to all the women facing this sur gery in the future," she wrote. Hughes Won't Be Extradited WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bit- ioniiire Howard Hughes will lot be extradited from the Ba- mmas to Tucc trinl in Las Vcg«s, a Justice Department spokesman says. Spokesman Roburt Stevenson said Wednesday that department lawyers decided against trying to exiradite Hughes to . a c e s l o c k manipulation charges because it would be'ex- pensive and chances of success were slim. Hughes is sheduled to be arraigned Oct. 25 in federal court on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy to manipulate the slock of Air West airlines. He and three associate are accused of conspiring to drive down Air West stock prices while negotiating to buy the airlines in 1968. the film star. "I don't think it's any easier to be a woman today than it ever was." And for that inertia she blames faulty logic. "It's not enough for us to sit around and -say men must become different and think of us differently," runs the Davis manifesto. "It's up to us to make the men think of us differently. The mule is the way he is and 1 don't think t h i s will e v e r change. ! think women have got to change. "I'm not talking about assertion. I'm talking about facing life more realistically, certainly as regards marriage and how it will not always be the same. Men are much more wise about that than we are." Miss Davis, who has had a quartet of spouses and vows never again, projects a happy day when "woman no longer marries for security -- or insists on $10 million if she goes aw ay _ and shakes off that old. old-fashioned romantic thing that a marriage must always be romantic." The dowager screen queen -46 years, 84 films and numerous stage roles ago -- feels there may be some kind of obscure, backlash link between the general struggle for feminine equality and diminishing opportunity for young hopefuls to become actresses. "With few exceptions, it's a completely man's script world today," Miss Davis says of the surge of movies centering on just heroes, buddies and gangs. She moves away from the general to the personal with "anyway, leading roles for someone like Tne will always be few and tar 'between." Which is why at 66 Miss Davis is getting ready for an extended workout in a stage musical. "Miss Moffatt," even though legit runs a poor second to the screen, in her blunt opinion. "I'm not enamored of the theater as opposed to film, which is the greatest medium for actors," she says. "You know Spencer Tracy said the theater is for children or idiots." After thinking about the project for a couple of months, Miss Davis opted for the assignment in preference to "a lot of very bad TV scripts." Three of her four most recent films have ended up as not very spectacular "Movie of the Week" on ABC or NBC, and the fourth, made in Italy, has yet to be released in this country. "It was just fate that each TV script was increasingly blood, gore, murder and shooting," she says of alternative offers. "I've never done films like that, never, never, never. I played people, not violent characters. And the writers don't have time to write good words any more, so I said 'Well, I'm going to do some good words for a change.' " "Miss Moffatt" Is based on "The Corn Is Green." which the lady from Lowell, Mass., did on the screen in 1945. The story is about a teacher and a student she inspires to make the most of his abilities. The Welsh locale of the early 1900's plot was shifted in the new version to the U.S. South, and the pupil became a black youth instead of a miner's son. Then a musical score by Albert Hague and lyrics by Williams were added. When Miss Davis first read the revision "it was an enormous shock to me and didn't believe in it at all." She now defends the change with equal vigor. Miss Davis has six numbers to sing in the show, and although she has never taken a vocal lesson in her life, "people keep forgetting I've done a lot of singing all through -my career." Preparation of "Miss Mof- falt." to which she is under contract through June 1976, with an option to do it later in London, has been complicated by a back injury she sustained during rehearsals. Miss Davis looks back with nostalgia, liberally diluted with realism, to the «ood old days when Hollywood's big studios prodigally bought stories for its distaff supergalaxy including Bergman, Colbert, Crawford, Dietrich, Dunne, Garson and, very definitely. La Belle Bette. ."I'm not bright enough to know why this has happened," she says of the now, then adds: "Well, we women had the industry lor 20 years and so I always say when they talk about this sort of thing, we have no complaints." 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