Worked on xmas cards. No news about working. Didn’t get commercial. Made mistake in makeup + dress, I think. Went to 3rd + Vermont Safeway to cash check. Very nice. Bought groceries. Went to Farmer’s Market + bought a Pendleton shirt for Dick and some socks and a wallet. Bought nightgown for Mary’s Birthday present + card carrier for Les. Home at 7:00. Missed Dick’s call. Called him + missed him. Went to Leons for dinner. Home about 11:00 called Dick. Made Shepherds pie for tomorrow night. Drank beer. Kept trying Dick. He called me at one. He’d been there + asleep. He told me he was going to drive up. I told him 5 times I didn’t want him to. He said he was going to stay over Monday + when I didn’t sound over joyed asked if he’d be in the way. I finally said no. My problem is any change of plans throws me for a loop. I’m really full of crap. But I’ll get better. Put out garbage.
Worked on cards – Got call for commercial – coca cola at Century City – at 5 – Bathed, dressed, made up etc. “demure prissy, New England D.A.R. – went + saw Margaret Wheeler, Ann Seymour + Jean Arnold. I + Margaret + nice English girl held over 2 of the 3″ would get it. Felt they were both righter. Came home + called Dick (7 o’clock) Learned I’d called him a 2nd time last night. Went to Timmy’s for dinner. Nice Evening though Timmy bleak about Christmas. Coca Cola working Thurs. or Fri. So – supposedly is “Anderson + Co.” – ???
Started on Christmas cards today. Didn’t get too far but at least I started. I picked up my sheets from Iva Wallich. The lamps not ready. Liza called + I invited her + John to dinner. I paid American Express including Peter’s dues. Paid John Roberts + sent some money to the St. Labre Indian School. Liza + John were bringing Aldo Ray but he got called out of town + couldn’t come. I was glad. They brought Courtney in large wicker basket. I called Dick before they came. Dogs a bit leery of baby. We didn’t eat til 10:20. Liza kept saying “I never get out. Let’s have another drink.” Really gay evening with fire. Gave Liza the rest of the Shepard’s pie. We made plans for Mexico which I didn’t remember. They left at midnight + I called Dick which I didn’t remember. I went to sleep on the couch. (Didn’t feel I ought to leave the fire – ho ho.)
Up around 11. A little hungover. Dick off to store gone a long time “Check me OUT” – We left house at 2:45 to get to Burbank airport were there at 3:15. Had half a B.L.T. sandwich each. Got very silly then went + had a beer. The plane was a half hour late which was nice. The “Final call” was the only one + Dick almost missed it. I was home by 5:15. Called Paul who said he’d come over tomorrow. Got Mary Parker’s address. Leon called + I invited myself to dinner. Dick called at [crossed out letters] 6:15 – not a jet plane. He said “It tears me up to leave on Sundays.” We had such a good weekend I love him more + more. Went to Leons + shared a roast chicken. Home fairly early + went to bed.
Dick installed new faucet. Great. We went to Disneyland. Lovely, lovely day. 15 deluxe ticketbook. Went on “Small World” – “Matterhorn” “Pirates of the Carribean”, “Jungle Ride” + Enchanted Tiki Room” – The Moon trip, the Flying Jets, Storybookland, motorboat cruise, Peter Pan, The Merry Go Round + funniest of all The Dumbo ride Call right now, Dumbo pilots, man your elephants.” “Dumbo jockeys exit by the red gate.” The teacup ride was pretty wild. We used every ticket but one B a piece + we gave them to two ladies at the old time movie house. We came home + changed a little + went to The Cafe de Paris for a really good dinner. Got quite giggly. Next stop the Liquor Locker en route to Leons, the strip jammed. Al Bergman came to Leon’s – nice guy, nice evening. Went to Cock’n'Bull which we left after half a drink. Too strong. We didn’t need it. Had had plenty. Home. Read a little of “The Little Prince” – Bittr another drink. Sofa but didn’t remember.
Found strange number jotted down – Ben – 802-442-5401
Didn’t wake til Millie called from Schwab’s. Didn’t hear her at home before getting bus – (Still on couch). Went + picked her up. No Iverson today – couldn’t see me. Just as well. Millie did up all kinds of napkins + place mats + odds + ends as well as cleaning. I took nap. Izzy called. She was the party but couldn’t come. Just as well too. Took Millie home + decided to pick up Dick at airport. Luckily tuned in radio + found L.A. airport fogged in. Went home. Dick came via Ontario. 40 miles. Shared cab. We had Boeuf Bourguignonne for dinner. Good. Confessed to last nights sins – He doesn’t care which is nice. I over complicate so much. He brought me a new faucet. Said for Christmas he’s going to bring me a nozzle for my hose + a plunger. Said at dinner we were like a “becalmed ship” – we weren’t going anywhere. I said I thought it was nice – that we’re beginning to relax together completely. He said he thought the same thing but it was a change of pace. We decided to go to Disneyland tomorrow. We read a little Winnie the Pooh. Not a great success.
Up fairly early. Called Iva Wallich about sheets. Okay. Went over with 12 singles – which will become 6 doubles. Went to May Co. for King size bedding Was lucky + hit a sale. But spent $121.00 for Pad, 3 fitted sheets, 1 regular sheet, 2 blankets and yellow spread. Bought set of 4 “Winnie the Pooh,” “ House at Pooh Corner,” ‘ When we were very young” + “now we are six” also “The little Prince.” Had been to Safeway + cashed check + gotten groceries. Home + cleaned out icebox. Went to Leons for dinner + got drunk without intending to. Decided to have party for the people I knew Dick would like. Blah Blah Came home + called Isabell. Talked long time with her – then went to bed on couch.
Up + downstairs by 7 am. Humbug hacking away. Paid bills – Bonestells, Westwood VW, + Hayes. Returned contracts 20th. Wrote S.A.G. about change of address called aftra, Equity, Variety, Automobile Club + John L. Roberts about new lens. Spoke with Leon, Timmy + Pet Academy who said they’d feed Humbug his cough medicine. Gathered more Eucalyptus pods + branches. Took long nap around one o’clock. Took Hummy at four to Pet Academy. His delight at seeing Dick Showalter – great testimonial. Dick gave me a Hypo to feed the charcoal. Bought pan for tree + more gold spray. Home + sprayed new string + branches. Called Dick who may not come til Saturday. Pray for good pool weather. Leon called. They want me back for Anderson + Co. new scenes written in. Good news. Tried to give Hummy charcoal. complete frustration + frazzled nerves. Took both dogs to Timmy’s. Pleasant evening. Although another showdown with Humbug but got a full teaspoon down between us. Home at 11:30. Put out garbage + so to bed.
Up at 5 – Moved furniture, paid bills – John L. Roberts, Leslie Spicer (!) sent Xmas cash to telephone Secretaries, change of address to Aftra + Sag. Dick called at 5:45. Bathed + washed hair. Broke contact lens, tidied up a bit. Called Barker Bros. Not there. Called Timmy. Left house for Warner’s at 8:30. Was in hair styling for over an hour – I’d taken my fall + the lady, Larraine Rolands did a heavenly piece of work. Shared trailer with Susan Sullivan + Shirty (?) Makeup men Leo Lotito + Tim McNally – Assistant Directors Wally Someone + Joe Ellis. Didn’t work til almost 5 – Simulated sunshine – Darkness at noon Abbie Dalton + Fred Gwynn the leads. Stillman took some shots for me. Stopped for gas + dog food. Didn’t get home til 5:45. Thought I’d smelled smoke on the way up Lookout but didn’t give it 2nd thought. Couches + bed + chair all look lovely. Timmy had called Dr. Smith who said Hummy has “Kennel Cough” + to give him charcoal. Only had terpin Hydrate + not too appealing. Got dinner all ready. Glorious Timmy had peeled + parboiled little onions + started the pot going. We had a drink + about 8 o’clock Doug called to say he + Joan had been turned away at base of Lookout by fire trucks. Road closed. Radio cars there + TV. Big fire. We could smell smoke but couldn’t see a thing. Called fire dept who said it was a big fire but under control. Had called Leon for Val’s number who turned out to be there. Invited them as Val knows the back way but they couldn’t come. Timmy + I ate heavenly dinner + I gave him a large bowl to take home + froze enough for 2 dinners myself. Timmy left at 11. I fell asleep on new couch. Bed at 3 after waking up.
Woke early. Wrote Dick a letter. Paid first Lytton payment Lauria’s + Doug. Went at noon to take Leon to see [crossed out letters] an apartment on Shoreham. Very pretty but expensive then took him on several errands including picking up some copies of Variety (my ad) I started a new acct. at the Security First on Sunset + Hammond. We had lunch at the Swedish place + I took him back to the office. I took my pictures to Film Fan Foto – they’ll be ready on Friday. Went to Koontz for gold spray + some keys + then to the Safeway to get tomorrow’s dinner (Boeuf Bourguignonne) filled out a credit application there + had to make out 2 cards as I’m “Too new to be rated” with the new acct. Pain in the ass. Took two lamps over to a place on La Brea + Melrose + ordered shades to go with. Called Timmy + he came to the house. I was quite tired but thanks to his presence I made the boeuf bourguignonne – Let it cook for an hour + tomorrow all I’ll have to do is cook it for 2 before they come. Dick called. Said he wasn’t drinking any more. I asked him what time he was going to bed + he said “When I finish reading.” I told him I’d call him when I got back from Leon’s. He made an appt. with Dr. Franks for Fri the 13th – (!) Timmy left after a drink or 2 at 7 and I went to Leons around 7:45 – We had cabbage soup + kreploch + some rice cakes (?) I came home by ten + called Dick who’d been watching the same thing on TV that I was at Leons – “games” spooky. We chatted a little + I went to bed. I sprayed the strings of Eucalyptus pods with gold spray + they’re pretty as can be. Wakup call for 5:15 + 5:30.
Slept late – tired. Made reservations for N.H. – leaving on 17th returning the 26th. Dick left at one. Hate to see him drive all that way. Lyle called asked me to a party at his house on Sunday the 8th. Luki Cole will be there but unfortunately it doesn’t sound at all like something Dick would like. Told Lyle I’d let him know. Talked a long time with Juan in the back yard + gathered some Eucalyptus pods + branches with pods still on. Dick called from Baker about 4:30 was making good time. I called Rae to say I felt a little fluey + didn’t think I should come tonight. As I don’t know the birthday guy I didn’t feel too badly about it. I had several pastrami sandwiches made a string of eucalyptus pods for the Christmas tree, read a detective story, talked with Leon + went to bed early. Dick told me to “tell Leon to get to work on what we talked about.” I asked Leon + he said “So how you feeling?” – Secrets.
Dick called at 1:30 this morning to say he was driving down with the barstools. He’d had too much to drink at Jack + Joyce’s + gone to Frank’s bar where he’d fallen asleep. The place was held up by a man with a 38 who’d taken everyone’s wallet in the place except Dick’s who “looked like a bum.” He had a 600 dollars on him. I didn’t sleep very well after that kept waking. Dick arrived around ten. We made love + then he went to sleep and I went to get Leon for errands. Took him to his barber while I shopped + then we went to Ma Gordons on Fairfax + had a sandwich. Odd day – looked like snow. Stopped at Hugo’s + then Leon’s office + I took him home. Dick still asleep which wasn’t surprising. I’d tried to reach Timmy but couldn’t get him. He finally called + was a wee bit miffed but on the whole genial. He gave Dick the number of his dentist, Dr. Franks whom Dick will call from Las Vegas. I was in an edgy sort of mood. I’d blurted out in the morning that we had to talk as we had problems + he kept saying all right let’s talk + I couldn’t – I fixed dinner + then we did talk a little about drinking etc. We went over to Mary’s to pick up my Christmas tree. A lovely little living tree in a [crossed out word] rosewood box filed with cedar chips. We had 2 drinks and a funny visit with Mary + Les + then came home. Too late for Dick to be hungry which is something I’ll have to remember. We ate by the fire with wine + talked alot and I was glad he’d come.
Friday Nov. 29th
Sunday 1 December 1968
Picked up Millie in front of Schwab’s – she’d gotten a ride + was early. We had coffee at home before I left for the Palisades. Saw Doug + invited him + Joan to dinner on Tuesday. Chatted with Mona + asked her over during the weekend. Said I’d call her but then never did. Interesting session with Iverson. Talked about Dick – told him he’d asked me to marry him + said that it would be a complete change of life for me. He told me that I have to face all the things for which Dick might be criticized by the people I like and that that way I’d be equipped to cope and furthermore by honestly facing them I’d probably end up caring alot more for Dick. We talked about Mother and “Our Town” and my violent allergy to unpleasantness of any sort etc. etc. Alot of food for thought. Went shopping. Came home. Spoke with Bill Tregoe + asked him over to see the house. Had hung up + 5 minutes later got costume call from 20th for – Anderson + Co. – I work Monday. Called Bill but missed him. He arrived just as I was leaving. Had a 2 hour wait at 20th – Marge Fletcher the wardrobe head. Funny girl named Susan Sullivan there – going to play a maid. Saw Bill Fuka. Didn’t get home til 6 o’clock. Gave poor Millie a ride home after calling Dick who’d called twice from Las Vegas. Dropped Millie + went on to Timmy’s with the dogs. Pleasant evening. Made tentative sort of date for tomorrow with him + Larry at my house. home by eleven – bed.