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Two Actors and Their Bicoastal Flings : Rene Auberjonois and Betty Garrett are L.A. veterans, but both are adding new spice to their performing with Broadway shows

May 27, 1990|T. H. McCULLOH

Series television has also been a large part of Betty Garrett's existence. "I enjoyed doing the shows I did, because they were such a nice group of people. It really is, not only time consuming, but life consuming. I remember Sally Struthers saying to me one day, during 'All in the Family,' 'I'm 30 years old, Betty, and I've done nothing but this for the past six years. The best part of my life is gone.'

"I can't knock it, because it certainly opened up a lot of doors for me, and gave me a notoriety I wouldn't have had otherwise. But television for me is the worst of all the mediums. It takes all the spontaneity out of what you're doing. I never really feel in my element."

Theater is Garrett's element, just as it is Auberjonois'. And awards are part of that.

"The awards, as everyone knows, are simply to draw the public's attention to the business we're in," Auberjonois said, reiterating his thoughts about the subject. "For that reason I go along with them. They're not a lot of fun. I think they do a lot of good for the business. Since I'm in the business, and I'm not naive, I play into the game. Perhaps I shouldn't be singing this song this way, but I was fortunate in receiving the Tony the first time I went out for it. I was aware at the time of a very uncomfortable feeling within myself that it was much more important than I rationally knew it really was."

Thinking back on her Broadway career, Garrett muses: "Michael Bennett's gone, Gower Champion, Bob Fosse. It really distresses me that there's nobody around with that kind of wonderful genius. There's only Tommy Tune, and he's \o7 such\f7 a genius. I'm going to write him a letter. 'Please help me. If you can find a show for an old lady who can still kick up her heels, I'd love to work with you.' "

Garrett has as much of a clue as anyone about the theater magnet that keeps pulling actors back and forth across the Rockies. "There's just something about it. I don't know what it is." Auberjonois thinks "it's the miracle of watching something happening every night."

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