Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fun Finds: PreVIEW Magazine, September 1976

We recently took a little toddle down to Lexington, Kentucky in order to raid some of their flea markets and antique malls and stumbled upon today's Fun Find. It's the very first issue of a showbiz magazine that I'm really not familiar with, but which is packed full of movie and TV tidbits and countless photos, some in color. It's even rather low on ads, perhaps due to being the introductory issue, so almost the entire thing was scanned for your perusal and (hopeful) entertainment. Cover boy Lee Majors caught my eye. It goes to show you how popular he was at that moment once you see some of the other stars contained inside. The mag was awkwardly stapled, which made scanning it a challenge, but I think you'll be able to see most things okay. Now on we go!
The inside front cover offers up a rare picture of Groucho Marx still out and about (he'd be dead within one year of pneumonia) and a nice shot of Paul Michael Glaser (who's about the only one without his hands in the air for one reason or another!)
Here the publisher and editor lay out their concept of and plans for the magazine. Note the pencilled-in price of $1.00, which I paid for this poor battered magazine, at the top of the page. Considering it sold for $0.75 more than forty years ago, that's not bad!
Cindy Williams hung in with Laverne & Shirley until 1982, but there were frequent issues between her and the producers. She left the show before it ended, rendering its title misleading! I love the pic of Nick Nolte. Lucy also looks very happy and healthy here. Young Steven Ford, the President's son, later became an actor. He was initially cast in the role that Lorenzo Lamas inherited in Grease (1978!) Though he landed quite a few jobs, he was perhaps best known for The Young and the Restless.
Raquel Welch didn't know it yet but her hey day as a leading lady in American movies was almost over at this time. Though the Cannery Row fiasco was still in the future, she'd already made what would be her last starring role in a U.S. made feature, Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976.)
I like this shot of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, who both look great. I was surprised to read about not only the proposed remake of Grand Hotel (1932) with Cary Grant, but also that he allegedly would have been willing to work in The Sunshine Boys (1975!)
Even though Peter Strauss has been working rather steadily all these years, I swear I haven't seen the man since the 1981 miniseries Masada! LOL
Even as a kid I had heard about Lee wanting his wife to be done with work at 6:00 even while she was starring on a hit series!
Well I certainly never thought of Sonny Bono being a close pal of Lee and Farrah's! How strange...!
Eventually, the pressure became so great that Fawcett left Charlie's Angels, inciting a lawsuit, and in time their marriage crumbled when she fell for Lee's "friend" Ryan O'Neal. I do love Lee's atypical haircut in the upper-right corner.
We just LOVE the 1976 film Two-Minute Warning (but avoid at all costs the expanded TV version!), so it was fun to have this four-page spread inside.
The caption for the upper-left photo isn't correct. The players never cowered in the locker room. I still chuckle for some reason at Merv singing the National Anthem (at the "Championship Game" - the term Super Bowl was denied use to the moviemakers.)
Gawd... another wrong caption. Beau Bridges is at the game with his wife and two sons, not a little brother...
Walter Pidgeon's caption is also untrue and has nothing to do with his pickpocket character. Likewise, Mitch Ryan is not a priest "with doubts," he just wants to go to the big game on Sunday.
Here the magazine either affirms or discounts things published in other periodicals, a slippery venture I should think. Ironically, the one tidbit that turns out to be true and accurate is the one from the notorious The National Enquirer!
Julie Andrews' contribution to The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) presages her later film Victor Victoria (1982!)
Anthony Hopkins later underwent a deliberate change in his own approach to acting and it revolutionized his career, earning him an Oscar and many significant big screen roles.
In the wake of some alleged manipulative and humiliating treatment at the hands of Marlon Brando and Bernardo Bertolucci, Maria Schneider vowed to avoid roles with considerable sex and nudity and ended up not doing Caligula (!), which wasn't released until 1979. By then, it was augmented with pornographic scenes and had Teresa Ann Savoy in Schneider's part.
I'm not used to seeing Priscilla Presley looking this way as I'm more familiar with either her big, black bouffant look or her simpler, shorter 'do on Dallas. (Of course, these days, she's just unrecognizably horrific looking as far as I'm concerned!) This "Young Again" show mentioned must not have come to fruition, but in 1980 she was co-host of Those Amazing Animals.
I had no clue that she'd ever dated Robert Kardashian, but that may somehow latantly explain why she's augmented her looks so incredibly. Elvis, of course, was dead within a year at age forty-two. (Oh, and I loathe "Col." Tom Parker...)
Unfortunately for Ryan O' Neal and Peter Bogdanovich, Nickelodeon (1976) was a flop and kept the director from attempting another movie for three years.
Contrary to the text in the lower right corner, this was not the second film of Bogdanovich and O'Neal's. That would be Paper Moon (1973), a huge success.
Louis Falco, the dancer pictured with Jackie O was later choreographer for the movie Fame (1980) and was one of countless male performers felled by AIDS, though he lived till 1993. Doesn't La Liz look strangely harsh and hard in the picture near the bottom?
Margaux Hemingway's Lipstick (1976) is one of our guilty pleasures, but I always think of it as having been made far later than this!
Hmmm... I bet Colleen Dewhurst was something to see in Virginia Woolf. Gloria Swanson's sixth husband had been with her romantically since 1967 and remained with her until her 1983 death at age eighty-four. Bill Cosby's TV series Cos, a sketch comedy show, was through after just seven episodes.
It's fun to see a 1976 photo of Janet Gaynor along with Paulette Goddard, who recently figured into our post on The Snoop Sisters. It's sort of interesting that, fourteen years after Gaynor's 1984 death, her widower Paul Gregory wed an art gallery owner. I barely recognized Paula Prentiss!
Starsky and Hutch actually lasted through 1979.
At the time of this article, David Soul was actually still married to his second wife Karen Carlson and would never wed Marta. He did marry three more times, though.
In time, Paul Michael Glaser turned his attention more to directing than acting, but he still performs some here and there.
Some twat tore about 1/4th of the page out here (for a subscription form found on the other side...) I didn't know this when I bought it, but I didn't think it was prudent to drive more than 150 miles round trip back to Lexington and return this $1.00 purchase! LOLOL 
Little could Sally Field know that within a decade she'd have not one, but two, Best Actress Oscars and costar in a movie with Mr. Paul Newman.
This page is a testament to how hard it was to obtain photos of stars you loved back in the pre-Internet days. The young'ns will never know... I'm tittering over the fact that someone accidentally put Diana Ross' photo next to the blurb for Will Geer!
The apoplectic, opinionated, outspoken viewpoints in this section were a hoot.
Wow, Bobby Goldsboro outdid even me in my hey-day. I used to go through a can of Aqua Net Super-Hard-to-Hold per week! Ha ha!
I had no idea that Albert Brooks and Linda Ronstadt were ever a couple. But I did find out recently that Linda suffers from Parkinson's Disease and can no longer sing and that's really sad.
Never in my life did I know that Gladys Knight starred in a movie! The Hollywood Foreign Press even gave her a nomination for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture (it went to, believe it or not, Jessica Lange in King Kong, a role that practically killed her career before it started!)
Faye Dunaway took home the Oscar for Network (1976) and it's interesting that she could admit to sharing some traits with her intense character. I love the picture of her above right.
A two-hour TV-movie could probably be made on all the turmoil and backbiting that went on during the making of A Star is Born (1976!)

I've tried three times to watch it and always lose interest before it's over. I shall try no more... The always intense and controversial Peters never did marry Streisand, though he had previously been wed to Lesley Ann Warren. His career foundered when he was accused of sexual harassment of a female assistant in 2001 during Superman Returns (2006.)
We have long adored Perry King!
Apart from the fun of seeing stars together one might not expect, this section affords readers the chance to speculate on who is sober, drunk and/or high! I don't know why, but I had no clue Sonny Bono was wed before Cher or had a daughter from that marriage!
Karen Valentine dated one of the Hager Twins?? I wonder if they ever swapped out without telling her...! LOL
Peter Falk and his wife divorced in 1976 and in 1977 he wed Shera Danese, who he was with until his death in 2011 at eighty-three. Sidney Poitier did star in a film in 1977 (A Piece of the Action), but took an eleven year break before Shoot to Kill in 1988. (He directed three films during that time.)
This is a different look on Terry Moore than I'm used to seeing. Gene Hackman is the actor who inherited George Segal's role in Lucky Lady (1975.)
For some reason I can't even picture Robert De Niro taking part in a movie like A Bridge Too Far (1977.)
Glenda Jackson's movie "The Abbess" eventually emerged as Nasty Habits (1977.)
I didn't realize that Jim Brown had ever worked on a movie with Leif Garrett (!), but the finished product was called Kid Vengeance (1977.)
It's fun to see how shows were anticipated as compared to how they truly fared after making it to the airwaves.
Several flops are profiled here. The Captain and Tennille was pretty popular for a while, but underwent endless tinkering (much of it due to Tennille's discomfort with the format and the heavy demands of the production numbers.)
Only Baa Baa Black Sheep had moderate success out of this page full of ratings losers.
Man, there must have been a ton of disappointed TV execs that season! None of these shows stuck and some of them I've never even seen one frame of...
At the time, Helen Reddy was a major female force in the music industry and was living the high life.
Jeff Wald had a serious cocaine problem and the couple split in the early 1980s. She remarried once more, but that union ended in 1995. Now, she lives in a small high-rise apartment back in Australia.
...the final portion of the earlier article about A Star is Born. I was hoping there'd be something about Kris in the bathtub, but no such luck. It's all about the outdoor concert.
This is a neat color picture of Mr. Paul Newman.
Compared to Newman's other films around this time, Slap Shot (1977) under-performed at the box office, quite likely due to its R rating and content that was considered vulgar at the time. As time passed (and movies became more and more permissive and, yes, vulgar) it engendered a strong cult following and even begat two belated sequels on video.
Sue Geston and Jeff Bridges did end up marrying in 1977 and are still together today! And, of course, Frank Sinatra and Barbara Marx wed in 1976 and were together until his 1998 death at eighty-two.
The inside back cover offers some more color photography.
And this is the back cover! Rare for a mag of this type to have the pictures and tidbits continue this way. I love it!


Scooter said...

Oh, where to begin? What a great little time capsule. Elvis is still alive, and Farrah Fawcett is still an unknown . Every time she is mentioned it is followed by (Mrs. Six-Million Dollar Man)! Also, I loved the rant about the Donny and Marie not paying attention to the crowds of fans outside the studio (never mind they are trying to produce a weekly variety show)! Finally, Bobby Goldsboro is still alive and producing art in the Florida retirement community where my Aunt and Uncle live. He may still use a can of hair spray a week but now it is on a very similar looking wig.

Gingerguy said...

Kind of mind blowing to think that this amount of fan facts and fiction was turned out month after month with accompanying photography. It seems like now I just see pictures of people in sweats leaving Starbucks.
I remember seeing Mother, Jugs and Speed in the theater with my Dad. I didn't know it was over for her that soon. I know she did Broadway and TV in the 80's.
Susie Coelho is mentioned several times. I think she is still around with cooking shows? I remember her cast as Native American in western movies on tv, but I think she's hispanic.
Those stories from other gossip mags are a great way of repeating a lie and then debunking it. Brilliant!
I loved reading about the gay disco called Frankenstein's. That I will have to look up.
"You Said It" is a scream, the Liza rant had to be from a confirmed bachelor.
Perry King is really hot in "Bad" such a mean funny movie. I had forgotten about it. When home video come out my friends used to gather and watch things like that, the good old days.
This was a trip down memory lane for me because when I was a kid I pounced on these magazines and read them cover to cover. Very fun to revisit.

Dan said...

Don't forget Peter Finch was the second person to be posthumously nominated for the Oscar (for 'Network') and the first of two to win.
No idea Bernadette Peters did a TV show! I loved David Brenner's humor and would love to see any episodes that may still exist of 'Snip'.
1976 was near the end of the variety show/musical special era, alas. I guess Carol Burnett had the last weekly variety show and Bette Midler's "Old Red Hair is Back" from 1977 is the last musical special I recall. Luckily, you can watch it on YouTube.
Considering this was the first issue, just where did all those ranting letters come from? Always guessed Donnie and Marie were a bit snotty!

Klee said...

I used to collect Tiger Beat, RB's Gossip, RB"s Hollywood and this very one Preview!!! I miss the 70s, my teenage years!!!

Poseidon3 said...

Hello, my loves, and my profound apologies for not returning to comment as swiftly as I ought to have...

Scooter, I too found it fascinating that The King was still alive and Farrah was on the cusp of what would become superstardom for a time. And I also was gobsmacked that anyone would think they can show up at a studio when people are on the way IN to work on a long, demanding production day and be greeted/chit-chatted with! They probably felt they had to keep moving or would be snagged and caught forever. LOL about Mr. Goldsboro. Incredible that he's still at it!

Gingerguy, you are so right about the amount of info/pictures. Think about HOW MANY PLACES there are for people to become famous now... movies, 1000 times more TV, youtube, instagram, etc... and yet there is so little anyone cares about most of today's "stars." Unless there's a scandal, real or imagined, it's mostly "meh" or what they are wearing. So little (if any?) of this mag mentioned the clothes... LOL about Liza and the derogatory letter about her and her talent! I have not yet seen "Bad!" Perry so needed to have a bigger career than he did.

Dan, I thought the exact same thing about all the countless letters, questions and so forth....! They may have been culled from the mail rooms of other "Laufer Publications." For a time, they were apparently a big time purveyor of these types of things. I recall so many variety shows, many of which were flops (like "Pink Lady and Jeff!") But I must protest about Donnie and Marie. I saw them front row almost two years ago and it changed my life (which tells you how rotten and unfulfilling my life actually is! LOL!) They were wonderful and they also host a fan meet 'n greet several nights a week, though sadly not on the night I was there, much to my distress.

Klee, neat that you used to read this back in the day. I never recall seeing this title anywhere!! I loved the '70s, too. And the '80s.