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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ For actor Anthony Quinn, ″this is a troubled time for films,″ and it has convinced him to stick to the theater.
‴Rambo,′ ‘Star Wars,’ car chases and explosions. ... Few pictures that are being made deal with the human condition,″ said the 70-year-old Quinn, here for eight performances of ″Zorba The Greek.″ ″I’ve done 15 plays and have found that I belong in theater more than films, especially now at my age.
″There is a wider range of roles in theater. Also, I have more control,″ he added.
″In films, the cutter and editors take over. In theater, I do my own editing. The audience dictates to me what should happen. A play is a living thing.″
LONDON (AP) - Laurence Olivier has returned to work on his latest book about acting, having recuperated from a fall that gashed his leg, the actor’s secretary said Thursday.
″He is fine again now,″ said Shirley Luke.
Lord Olivier, 78, stumbled against a piece of furniture at his country home near Shoreham in southern England last weekend, Ms. Luke told a reporter.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Rhythm and bluesman Ike Turner has been released from jail after posting $5,000 bond on a cocaine conspiracy charge, authorities said. He faces arraignment July 9.
The former husband of singer Tina Turner is charged, along with three other men, with conspiring to sell $16,000 worth of cocaine. He was arrested last Friday, and police said $1,000 worth of cocaine was seized at his North Hollywood apartment at the time.
Turner, 53, posted bond late Tuesday after being charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and a count of maintaining a place for selling or using a controlled substance, Deputy District Attorney Michael Genelin said Wednesday.
Turner is best known as half of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, whose frenetic version of ″Proud Mary″ won them wide popularity in the early 1970s.
LONDON (AP) - Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson, her 21-year-old daughter, will star opposite each other as the actress Arkadina and her daughter Nina in an upcoming London production of Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy ″The Seagull.″
Opening at the Queen’s Theater July 29, the play will mark the first time that Miss Redgrave has appeared on stage with Miss Richardson, her eldest daughter by director Tony Richardson.
Miss Richardson received good notices in a previous version of this production that played West London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theater in May and starred John Hurt and Samantha Eggar.
For its 14-week season in the West End, London’s Broadway, Miss Redgrave will replace Miss Eggar, and Jonathan Pryce will replace Hurt as the dissipated novelist Trigorin.
Miss Redgrave appears with her younger daughter, Joely Richardson, in David Hare’s new film ″Wetherby.″
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Being related to Davy Crockett has its rewards, but the fame of the real-life hero and made-in-Hollywood frontiersman only goes so far, say kinfolk gathering here for a reunion Friday.
Jim Dumas, great-great-great-great grandson of Crockett, said he couldn’t resist boasting about his forebear when he was a child. ″Half of the time the other kid would shoot back ‘Yeah, and I’m Jesse James’ half-brother,′ so I piped down,″ he said.
Mildred Hope, Crockett’s 87-year-old great-great granddaughter, said that when she taught seventh and eighth grade, ″I never failed to tell my history students of the connection right away. It made Tennessee history come to life for them.″
Two hundred descendants of Crockett - who left offspring by two wives - were attending the gathering.
″History has always depicted him as the last man to die at the Alamo,″ said Dumas, who organized the get-together. ″I wouldn’t pretend to know exactly how he died. He could have been the first . .. it really doesn’t matter.″
Davy Crockett was born in 1786. He was a scout for Gen. Andrew Jackson and commanded a battalion of mounted riflemen in the Creek campaign of 1813-14.
A noted humorist and author, he served in the Tennessee State Legislature and was a three-term U.S. congressman.
When he was defeated for a fourth term in 1834, Crockett went to Texas where he died two years later as one of the 186 defenders of the Alamo who were fighting for the state’s independence from Mexico.
In the 1950s, he became a hero for an entire generation when Fess Parker played the frontiersman on television.