July 27, 1992 |
Edna St. Vincent Millay and her famous "candle" quatrain, synonymous with rebellious flaming youth of the '20s, seem perfect for a women's theater festival that's all about empowerment. But in the one-woman Millay drama, "A Lovely Light," at UCLA's Ralph Freud Playhouse Saturday, the poet's candle failed to burn at both ends. The piece is such a proper domestic candle it barely illuminates Millay at all.
May 8, 1992 |
From the moment Marion Ross fixes her blue eyes and her broad smile on you, you're doomed to be charmed. It's not just that she comes prepared with little facts about the interviewer's life, asking about the baby, the husband, the job. Or that she takes you off your guard by whisking you into her car to get gas during the interview. It's how she is constantly on, trying to influence and captivate you, working the interview.
October 7, 2009 |
Long before she became an iconic TV mom, Marion Ross -- a.k.a. Mrs. Cunningham from "Happy Days" -- dreamed of becoming an actress growing up in the small town of Albert Lea, Minn. She recalls being "transported" by movies, especially in the snowy winter months when getting to a theater was no easy task. "We would walk across the ice to go to the theater," Ross said in a recent interview. "Coming home it was dark and you would cross the frozen ice. I would be weeping and standing under the streetlight with the light coming down and snow would be falling in my face.
June 1, 2003 |
Blame it on Mary Pickford. If not for the silent screen star's insistence on bringing fellow actors to an event in her honor, most Hollywood types might still be banned from A-list soirees. "You are all suffering from something she started -- having to buy a lot of tickets to events that recognize all kinds of people in the industry," honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant told guests at the Women of Distinction Awards.
December 8, 1991 |
Paramount Studio in Hollywood has played paramount importance in the life and career of Marion Ross. She was under contract to Paramount as an ingenue in the 1950s and appeared in such studio films as "Forever Female," "Sabrina," "The Proud and the Profane" and "Teacher's Pet." Ross returned to the lot in the 1970s to play Richie Cunningham's all-American mom, Mrs. C, on ABC's "Happy Days" for 11 seasons. Now the third time at the studio has quite literally been a charm for Ross, 63.
January 14, 1994 |
For most of her stage and television career, Marion Ross has portrayed wholesome, uplifting characters, epitomized by more than a decade as Mrs. C on "Happy Days." But Ross is always eager to rebel against her snow-white image. This weekend, she'll get another chance in A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. The piece traces years of correspondence between two lovers. "I like this role because a woman disintegrates," Ross said.