Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fun Finds: TV Radio Mirror, October 1972

Here we go again with another entertainment gossip rag from Hollywood's past. This one was rescued from an antique store during a recent visit to Nashville, Indiana. We tend to feature 1960s magazines more often than not, so I thought it might be fun to look into one a little bit later, in this case 1972. Burt Reynolds and Dinah Shore's relationship was still in full bloom and was frequent fodder for these magazines.
We kick things off with well-known columnist Earl Wilson. For a period in the early-'70s, Wilson seemed to be practically obsessed with the idea of starlets showing off their bodies to the world as part of Tinseltown's new permissiveness. He published a book of interviews in 1974 called "Hollywood Laid Bare." His penchant for the topic continues here. Angel Tomkins, surprisingly enough, continued working up to the early-1990s. The picture of Shelley Winters is from a period just after she'd filmed The Poseidon Adventure and she was probably looking over that plate of food and trying to withstand it in order to lose some of her character's weight. We're gonna have to bet that she dug in regardless...
Patrick Macnee is justified in his annoyance over not being paid any residuals for reruns of The Avengers. The Gabriel Dell mentioned here was a one-time Dead End Kid of the 1930s and '40s. He would soon show up as Victoria Principal's brother Sal in Earthquake (1974.) I learned something new here, thanks to the lower left picture. Ray Milland's son Dan was an actor briefly (in 1963) who became heavily involved with drugs and later shot himself to death in 1981 at age forty-one. George Peppard is looking good here. (We'll return to Earl Wilson in a moment.)
In this gossip section, there's word about a new man in Doris Day's life, but she wouldn't wed again until 1976 - and not to Don Genson. Her fourth and final union ended in 1982. If you read the "Shocking Conduct" section, you'll find evidence of an unnamed male star behaving boorishly and out of line. Alas, his identity was protected... Lucie Arnaz' glossy looking pal is the famed Jim Bailey, who did impersonations of Marilyn, Judy and others. As for Sandy Duncan, she and her doctor friend did wed in 1973, but were through by 1979. She married her third (and present) hubby in 1980.
This page relays more info on Sandy, as in her attending a stage production featuring her soon-to-be ex-husband Bruce Scott. No moss grew between Duncan's three marriages. They were one right after the other. I'd never in my life heard of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, but they were busy music-makers and had just had a hot with the ditty "Never Ending Love for You" (the title of which was premature, apparently!)
A cross section of book titles that were in release at this time. Frances Farmer's auto-bio was turned into a telefilm in 1983 starring Susan Blakely and Lee Grant. The reviewer gave it an unqualified rave. The Water is Wide was made into the 1974 film Conrack and later redone for TV in 2006.
And now back to Earl Wilson's column. I take it Joanne Carson won her bet because Johnny wed Joanna on September 30th! I wonder if Dot Lamour's dresses were done in tropical prints...
Now a cross-section of record albums then in release. Peggy Lee might not have used her name on that first album mentioned, but she also wasn't taking any chances. Her FACE was plastered across the cover of it.
The "news" snippets that go with these pictures are on the next page. Mia Farrow looks typically crazed in her large pic. I wonder if any of you can recognize the blonde in the lower left photo. She was once a stunning beauty. And you will not believe what it was that put Bonanza's "Hop Sing" in the hospital...!
Mia's marriage to Andre Previn limped along until 1979. Jack Jones didn't wind up marrying Susan George (who I wouldn't have known here), but he did wed three more times for a total of six! The last one's been hanging on since 2009. The Broadway actor at lower-right, Ed Zimmermann, was only thirty-nine when he was felled by a heart attack. If you match up the "Ample Grounds" photo on the previous page to the text on this one, you'll see that our onetime glamour-puss was Anita Ekberg! And don't forget to read about Victor Sen Yung of Bonanza. How awful!
And now we take a gander at what movies were in release at this time. The review for Deliverance contains a spoiler, though not specifically. I have, for whatever reason (such as rarity in airings) never seen Portnoy's Complaint. The Man was a 1972 film examining the prospect of a Black President, something that was practically science fiction in 1972.
This page features some stars of country-western music (along with one-time child star Gloria Jean.) Check out Tom T. Hall's groovy shirt.
Until this page, I wasn't aware that one could take a bad picture of Chad Everett, but it was apparently possible. The bottom two aren't so bad, but that large one at the top is pretty dreadful and doesn't show him to his best advantage.
Though he and his wife Shelby did have a few rough spots along the way, they remained wed from 1966 to 2011 when she passed away of a brain aneurysm. Lung cancer claimed him a year and one month later.
Kay Medford, perhaps best known today for her role as Barbra Streisand's mother in Funny Girl, lived until 1980, when cancer finally did claim her at age sixty.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley's marriage did manage to hang on until October of 1973, though it did later come out that she had, in fact, had an affair with his karate instructor Mike Stone.
It's just that who ever knew that Mike Stone looked like this?! In any event, Elvis certainly wasn't faithful to Priscilla, perhaps ever...
This article features some photos of stars from Hollywood's golden days at a time when we didn't get to see a great deal of them. For example, Claudette Colbert seemed to disappear completely (for me anyway!) from 1961 to 1987 when she finally - and briefly - returned to acting in TV's The Two Mrs. Grenvilles. Likewise, James Cagney was AWOL from 1968 to 1981 when he popped up in Ragtime. You'll notice that some of the pages of this magazine, the ones with some color on them, haven't been bled to B&W like the rest. I always try to enhance my photos here, but there isn't an app yet to remove nicotine from the pages!!
Vivian Blaine had been off-screen for about a decade, though she did begin making rather frequent TV guest appearances in the mid-1970s through the early-1980s. Lash LaRue is an interesting case. A western star from the mid-'40s to about 1960. He played a villain in the movie Hard on the Trail without being informed that it was actually a hardcore porno movie!! So horrified was he by this that he left the business for nearly a dozen years to repent as a missionary. In the mid-'80s, he began to act again in the odd western. He later trained Harrison Ford to use a bullwhip, a specialty of his, for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Barbara Britton, a movie actress who segued to TV in the mid-'50s all but retired in 1950, but returned to the biz five years later to play Laura Petrie in "Head of the Family," the pilot for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Almost two decades later in 1979, she returned to TV on One Life to Live, but was felled by pancreatic cancer and died at only age sixty.
Here begins a lengthy tribute to Sandy Duncan, whose series Funny Face was cancelled when she underwent an operation on her optic nerve. She was then brought back with a new format on The Sandy Duncan Show, though it was equally short-lived.
There's an assortment of rare childhood photographs to be found in this article.
More rare early photos follow in this 4-page spread.
Shown here lower-right is her aforementioned first husband. Her second husband was the doctor who removed her tumor. (I guess their eyes met?) Contrary to popular belief, she doesn't have a glass eye. Her eyes are her own, though one (her left) doesn't actually provide vision.
Dick Van Dyke with his wife Margerie and their youngest child Carrie.
The eldest son Chris(tian) mentioned in this article went on to a career as a district attorney in Marion County, Oregon. Van Dyke and his wife split around 1975 or so, though they were married until 1984. He'd long since taken up with Michelle Triola, the woman who unsuccessfully sued Lee Marvin for "palimony." She died in 2009 and in 2012 he wed for a second time. He's now ninety-two!
Ed McMahon's marriage to Alyce came to it's official end in 1974, after two years of separation. His second marriage was from 1976 to 1989 and a third and final one was from 1992 until his death in 2009 at age eighty-six. 
Maureen Robinson: Cougar! June Lockhart didn't wind up marrying Bob Corff, in fact she never wed again after her 1970 divorce. Corff, apart from his stage career, had a run of TV parts in the mid-1970s, but later emerged as a highly-regarded voice & dialect/dialogue coach. Anne Lockhart, now sixty-four, still acts occasionally.
Fans of The Lawrence Welk Show might appreciate this two-page spread on dancer Bobby Burgess.
Wed in 1971, Bobby and Kristie are together still today and have four children.
I really can't figure this one out at all. The Zimbalists were divorced in 1961. Wikipedia makes no mention of this and says they rewed in 1962. But this article has them remarrying in 1972 (!), so who knows...?! But they remained together, whatever the case, until her death from cancer in 2007. He lived to be ninety-five, passing away in 2014.
I can never quite fully grasp why people got so balled up over Burt Reynolds' "nude" centerfold in Cosmopolitan. Granted, it was an unusual move and a striking photo, but it's not like he was letting it all hang out or anything. One could see almost as much of a man at any beach or pool in 1972. I guess one had to be there and I was only five at the time.
As for this drink... Jesus!! What was in those "Pep Up" tablets?? The article says that they were sold at health food stores and that Burt was a health food addict. Well, he's made it to eighty-one.
This marriage certainly didn't last long. She recorded and had a hit song with Bobby Russell's "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" in 1973. By 1974, she'd divorced him and remarried to make-up artist Al Schultz. They had two children together and are still wed today.
At the time of this article, Peter Falk had been married to wife Alice for a dozen years and had two children together.
In 1976, Shera Danese won a small role on Columbo and, soon after, Falk was divorced, wedding Danese in 1977. They remained together until his 2011 death.
And we leave you with some of the ads from this issue. Get a load of the breast enhancer/death trap that was for sale! I expected it to be something one hooked up to her vacuum cleaner, but it actually attached to the faucet!
These items are so corny and crappy (the dolls at the top are each 4" tall!), but what made me hoot is the toning vibrator at bottom-left. The text reads, "reaches difficult areas with its gentle penetrating action." It also tones "throat muscles" (!!) and relieves "daily tensions."
These "designer" outfits are strangely appealing despite their flammability. LOL The black get-ups are made from "rayon bonded crepe," making them perfect to wear on the S.S. Poseidon since they'll retain their shape under duress and drip dry.
Help me, Jesus. A "triumph of fashion and value."
Which lash fits you best? I want to be a Flair, but am probably a Demi-Wisp at heart...  Ha ha!  Till next time!


Alan Scott said...

The vibrator ad is hysterical! "for tired feet"! LOL

Gingerguy said...

TV Mirror does not ring a bell but I probably glanced through it if my Mother had it laying around.
I assume Burt visited Dinah's show often. Cute couple, it's hilarious that her golf tournament was considered a magnet for gay women in Palm Springs. Nowadays no one would blink an eye.
I remember the Jessica Lange Frances Farmer movie but don't remember the tv version. There is a Susan Blakely movie about sex addiction that I have been trying to find for years called "Secrets".
Is the mystery blond Diana Dors? mean headline.
Love Kay Medford, she was also a Motel proprietress in "Butterfield 8"
Childhood myths are debunked in the underworld, I would have bet a triscuit that Sandy Duncan had a glass eye.
Bobby Burgess in Athens, wow. My local PBS stopped showing Welk so I am in withdrawel. Thanks for this.
And now to the fashion section, that cape outfit is very crossing guard, and I am definitely a Wisp.

Martin said...

Funny that Chad Everett is with a horse in that picture, as he looks like he's been rode hard and put away wet!

Poseidon3 said...

Alan, exactly! Feet are "difficult to reach" for some people. LOL

Gingerguy, I recall the first time Burt was on Dinah's cooking show, he burst out of the closet and surprised her (that may have been the last time he came out of one? LOL) I, too, always associate her golf tournament with lesbians (and pastel polyester for some reason.) "Will There Really Be a Morning?" was Frances Farmer for those who couldn't bear an R-rated version. It was still fairly hellish. I recall "Secrets" but it has literally been decades. I think I saw it once on TNT eons ago. I didn't mean to create a cliffhanger with the photo of the former bombshell...!! I'll have to go and fix that. Sorry! It's Anita Ekberg!! I also thought that Sandy Duncan had a glass eye. Something seemed "off" during "The Hogan Family." How awful that you're being denied Lawrence Welk these days!!!!

Martin, he was also hung like one. Ha ha!

Skippy Devereaux said...

I have heard of Bonnie Bramlett, but under her other name of Bonnie Sheridan. She played Roseanne's waitress/friend on "Roseanne".

loulou de la falaise said...

I remember the Susan Blakely Frances Farmer TV movie and it was great, I liked it much more than Jessica's.

Forever1267 said...

I have always loved Sandy Duncan. She might have been the first star I saw in person, when I got to see "Peter Pan" at the Muny sometime in the 70's(?) She doesn't seem to work at all anymore.

Maybe that Zimbalist wedding was a publicity stunt?

Dick Van Dyke looks really puffy here. Maybe this was during his dark period with alcohol?

Anita Ekberg in that photo looks like Teri Garr.

Love this! Keep 'em coming!

Ken Anderson said...

Love looking back at these old issues. Always intriguing to be reminded of stars (those passed on or who couldn't get arrested today) who dominated the fan mags. The June Lockhart piece is interesting because I vaguely remember Bob Corff as being something of the Marc Singer of his in he always seemed to take on roles requiring he appear shirtless. Saw him in episodics, but never knew he had a thing goin' with Lassie's mom!

Poseidon3 said...

Oh, neat Skippy! Interesting tidbit. (I didn't watch "Roseanne" back in the day or now that it's coming back. They're bringing everything back except "Alf" and "Mr. Belvedere!")

Loulou, if I remember right, there was something more engrossing and horrifying about the "imagined" horrors from the TV version versus the (considered at the time) more graphic R-rated movie take. I'd love to see the TV one again if for nothing else than to watch Lee Grant again in one of her deranged roles. And Susan was always an underrated actress, I think.

Forever1267, that's neat that you got to see Sandy in "Peter Pan" in person. I recall being at my grandparents when she was televised in that part. (They kept going on about Mary Martin, who I certainly didn't know at the time!) I may have mentioned it before one time, but I've been to The Muny myself once, to see a former co-actor of mine in "Les Mis." I was toasty warm in my seat and can't imagine performing in period costumes under stage lights....! Very neat place, though.

Hi Ken! It fascinates me that you recall Bob Corff as he really only has a smattering of on-screen credits. You must have been at the right place at the right time! ;-) Now I want to look him up myself... During the time when I was corresponding some with Mark Goddard of "Lost in Space" I asked him if June Lockhart was like the ladies she played or saucier and he didn't answer. Maybe he didn't have to!!! LOLOL

The Mistress said...

I thought Anita Ekberg was Mama Cass.

Great post. I really need to visit here more often.

Poseidon3 said...

I'm glad you liked this, The Mistress, and I hope you will come back often! Lord knows I've had 9-1/2 years of yammering on and on and on, so there ought to be something that catches your interest. The tab Fun Finds will bring up many magazines like this one (and other things) and there are also plenty of posts with hair-oriented photos (most found with the hairstyles tab.) Thanks!!