Up + called Rm Service for breakfast. Eyedrops + facial mask + washed hair. Dick a little cranky Got to the studio in plenty of time. The wig a great success. Wore new orange dress which was my favorite anyway. Nice girl playing the other secretary. Her first “acting” part – all mildly depressing but I had a good time. Dear prop man – Bob McLaughlin. Camera man Dave – Makeup Gene. Wasn’t through til 3:30. Saw Caro Jones who won’t ever use me for anything – that was my impression – the 2 lines were a sop to Leon! Took a cab back to the hotel. Cute young driver – faintly hippie who kept saying “that’s wild” re the studio, my being in theatrical makeup etc. Dick had gone out to U.I. with Leon today to lunch + all over. We napped, made love + went to Leons for a snack before catching our 8:30 plane which was an hour late. Hated to leave Leon tonight he seemed more vulnerable than usual. Also we’d crowded too much into too little time. Got into Vegas at 10:30 + went to the Safeway. Saw Elliot as we shopped for the party. Bought all the meatball + salad ingredients + bread etc. Left the mix + chips for tomorrow. Home by 11:30. Had a nightcap + went to bed.
Took 2:05 flight to Burbank. Called [crossed out word] General Service + don’t have to go in til tomorrow. Checked in at Roosevelt Hotel Made a few calls – The Browns who still don’t have a stove, Bill + Leon. We called Room service + had some fruit + cheese + coffee + a split of wine sent up. napped + dressed + took off for Leons for dinner. Picked him up at his office. Cold cuts which was perfect. Two loaves of bread, a blueberry pie, a sweater + a box of cookies went with us to the theatre “Blythe Spirit” a disappointment but very hard to say where the fault lay. Was very disappointed in Howard Morton who can be so brilliant. Zsa-Zsa looked lovely but of course she’s the Main problem #1! The play is dated + the proscenium is in the way. We had drinks with Bill after + talked a little about how one’s theatrical perspective changes without one’s even noticing. odd. Went back to the hotel + had 2 more drinks + danced. Bed at two which wasn’t too bright with an 8:15 call.
Paid a few bills -
Modeled my new dresses + wig for Dick + put aside clothes to take to L.A. All my old ones don’t fit anymore! Wendy over at 11 o’clock. I went to pay at Gloria Marshall’s + invited Judy + her husband to the party. Cashed a check at the bank + bought some groceries. Home. Finished putting away books + moving cartons into closet. Dick back + took down the doors of the closet. Started putting the contact paper on them. We had chow mien for lunch. Dick had ovaltine but though shaky had nothing to drink By the time Wendy left, we had the doors finished + the house in pretty good shape. Then Dick + I moved the furniture back [crossed out word] from the garage – Desks + file cabinets. Had light dinner, made about 10 more calls about the party + went to bed a little after 10 o’clock. So much to do still – but, guess it can all get done. It has to. We’re taking the dogs to Pet Town until [crossed out word] Saturday morning. Dear letter from Margie – note from Timmy + Rich Ware’s address from Daddy. And a few bills.
Up early + a little ill. Called G.M’s to say I was going to L.A. + wouldn’t be in for a week. Was told by Lorraine if so, I would have to come in + be “re-evaluated.” Made my day. Met Pat Robeson + her brother Jim at Bob’s big boy for breakfast. Pat came with me to the B’way to find a wig and I picked up a great one for $47. Then I went to Silverwood’s + got two lovely dresses. Also at B’way a “5 lbs thinner girdle.” Wore wig to Bonita to surprise Dick but surprised Leo instead – who didn’t recognize me. Took laundry + cleaning + bought a lovely roast for dinner. Came home at 2:30. Dick out on the couch. I moved all the rest of the cartons in from the garage. Did 3 loads of laundry. Watered the lawn etc. etc. Put the roast in at 5:30 – Dick awoke about 6:15. Wanted to go get a haircut. I asked him to wait til dinner was over but he felt like “a bowery bum” so I put it all on hold + off he went. Came back at 8:30 unshorn and very drunk. I was very angry. However I’d almost finished unpacking the books + had read the script for Green Acres etc. After dinner Dick went to bed + I read + knitted until about 10:30. Letter from Liza who just may be going to have twins!! Her Mother died a few weeks ago. Sad. But she’d been paralyzed + had 2 strokes since the accident so I guess it was better.
Daylight saving over.
Woke about ten. Dick not here. Jack brought him home around noon. Had gone to the house + then to Frank’s + the Valley Bar. Oh dear. Much the worse for wear. He heated up some beef + sweet potatos [potatoes] + then Joyce came over for Jack. Dick went to sleep for a little and then had a huge breakfast + dozed off again. I hid every drop of booze in the house. I brought in 3 more cartons of books + put away about 7 boxes full. There are only 5 or 6 cartons left. We called Bill Tregoe + he’s fairly pleased with the show. Has only had 9 rehearsals. Gave me Dick Kneeland’s new address. I cleaned up the kitchen + pottered about. We went out to dinner to the Copper Cart and for me personally it was a huge disappointment. Stupid of me though for ordering a mai-tai in a steak house and a tournedos. Dick’s beef looked okay. We went to Frank’s after + then the Hacienda where I cashed $300 in 2 checks. Then to Frank’s again + the Aladdin where I cashed another $200. Dick got lucky + we bought back all the checks. Home at 1:30 with about $15 between us but no checks out. Dick lost about 200 I guess but my God it could have been worse. “New era” begins tomorrow???
Dick off early to meet Jack + George on Bonita. I didn’t wake until about 11:30. Called Joyce to thank her. Paul called to say he was finishing the film + what credit did I want. We decided on “Angel” but I told him to tell anyone who asked I was unavailable! I moved all the paperbacks to the top shelves and brought in about 6 more cartons. I wrote Julia Mullen + asked her for $5,000. To cover 3,000 or so for Dick, my taxes + a new oven etc. Called Leon + I’m getting $250.00 for the 2 lines. Caro in a bit of trouble over it + I don’t wonder. Dick home about 4 o’clock had finished the plumbing. George + Jack had helped + it turned out to be fairly simple + he was so delighted he’d taken them to the Valley Bar. After a while I had some drinks too to catch up and we got telephonitis + called everyone. Druscilla + Millie + June Meheula who’d written a dear note. We asked her to come for the weekend of the party. We called Bill about the play but talked with Jack Welles instead. Dick’s going to L.A. with me on Weds. + we’re going to see the show. We invited alot of people here to our party + then called Izzy and finally Annie. By then it was late. Bed. We also called Cassie + Mom Michels.
Off to G.M’s early. After finishing the staining! Got it all done about 8 o’clock. Went shopping after G.M’s + was home around 10:30. The script came from Green Acres and it’s a fat two line part!!! Unbelievable. Chatted with Wendy about the coming week + then started moving in some of the books. The dolly is an enormous help but it is – heavy, heavy work. Pat Robeson came over a little before noon + admired the book cases. They really are unbelievably beautiful. She had a nice diet lunch with Wendy + me + then ran off to teach a first aid class. I spent the afternoon hauling in books + putting them away. Wendy stayed over to help and we got all the paper backs, all the French books and some theatre books on the shelves. The Top two shelves are too small I’m afraid + I’m going to have to shift the paperbacks. I took Wendy home. Dick back about 5. Had gotten 2 bedrooms painted on Bonita. We were both tired + napped + then went to J + J’s for dinner. I washed my hair. Joyce had fixed a really lovely ham and we had a very nice time. Played a little poker + as usual we won! Joyce fell asleep about 10:30 or so and we stayed about an hour longer. Dick worried about the plumbing on Bonita – no hot water suddenly + no water at all in the master shower. Came home + talked + decided to get some money from N.Y. Trust to finish the house in style.
Dick went to the house on Bonita today to paint. Had Leo working there all day. I called G.M’s to say I wouldn’t be in + started out cleaning up the library. Took some tools out and some lumber and vaccuumed (sp?) [vacuumed] + then started staining. Dick + George in for a beer eleven thirty or so. I stained all day. And finished all the top and and have only 2 more bottom shelves + the counter top and a little edging left to do. It looks just beautiful. Dick home at 5 and took a nap. I finished at 7:00. Made a pumpkin pie and then put in some chow mien. In oven not pie. Dick helped me stain the bottom + fixed the end shelves while it heated. I have about half an hour left to do tomorrow. Leon called + is sending me a Green Acres script which I’ll shoot on the 30th. That’s going to cut things a bit short for the big Halloween party but feel sure with Wendy’s help I’ll be able to manage. Want to get the letters for the ad agencies ready before I go to L.A. We went to bed + watched Dean Martin + I got another square done. 20 to go. Ho Ho Ho.
Went to Gloria’s and was measured. Lost 5″ and 3 1/2 lbs. Have now been sentenced to 25 minutes on the bicycle. A little more than seems possible. Pat Robeson there but had to go to lawyers after so couldn’t have coffee. I picked up some nose spray for Dick and some stuff for the library doors and then did some shopping – Home at 10:45. Went straight to work on staining. Dick home at 1:00 + I made hamburgers. He went to get a dolly for us + the TV repair man came + fixed the color set for channel 8. I went back to staining and Dick fixed the leaky valve out front. Also cleaned up the front. Whee. At 5:45 I’d finished the top 8 cases and one set of shelves. Should be able to finish the rest tomorrow The second coat really looks great. We had ham for dinner. Mary + Les called to say they couldn’t come this weekend – it had all fallen through. I was sorry but it’s taken a little of the “library” pressure off. We watched TV + went to bed. knitted another square. 21 to go. Want to finish soon.
Rain today – George over + he + Dick finished the bookcases. I called + made a hair appt with a Kim Taylor at Darrell’s south. Was not overjoyed with the results but after combing + teasing + re-arranging decided I’d had a lot worse and it’s certainly an improvement over the recent straggle. Went to Wonder World to buy a dolly but couldn’t find one. Came home + started staining. That was supposed to be my job but Dick was off + so he did a great deal of it. By 6 o’clock or so the entire business had had it’s first coat. Don’t think there will be much need of sanding before the 2nd coat. I’ll put that on tomorrow + then, God willing, I can start with the books on Thursday. We had TV dinners +, appropriately enough, watched TV. Pat Robeson called to see what happened to me on Monday. (Had decided I was either hungover or had gained weight!!) Asked her for coffee here tomorrow. Leon called tonight at 10 o’clock. Says there are a few things in the offing. How I hope so. But first want to get our library in order – and then the party! I knitted 2 more squares – 22 to go.
Woke when Leo called. Dick told him where the job was + then back to sleep. Both of us a little shaky. I didn’t go to Gloria’s. We went to Waller Lumber about 12:30 or so and bought some more molding, a new drill bit, a sander and a gallon of dark oak stain. Stopped + saw Jessie Emmett. I liked her + thought she was very encouraging about the house on Bonita. Dick heard of a deal from Brownie that I think really sounds good. A 40 acre parcel to be broken up in lots. We stopped by the house. Roy has finished it. Then to Lum’s for lunch. I deposited Carolyn’s rent check in the bank + had to go through the usual “there will be a 10 day wait” crap. Came home + made love. I was all for “a little nap” but my God – it was 4 o’clock! And so we started on the molding on the front of the shelves. We worked right through to ten o’clock at night then had dinner. Both of us ready to drop but all the top shelves finished. The sander was the very best buy in the world. As soon as Dick nailed on the strips I’d set the nails + putty the holes + then he’d sand the whole thing. It all looks so much better than I’d even dared to hope. I called Mary today + they’re coming next weekend on Saturday or Sunday. I told her they could use the VW. Tomorrow the staining begins. We watched the late news in bed + then to sleep.
Dick up a little too early today so last night was still in full force. He went off to see Jimmy di Arnaz + brought him back with him. I made some tuna fish sandwiches + then we tried to call Jimmy’s friend John Glozier. Got him + he said it wasn’t necessarily the timer on the oven so rather than go thru any more dealers I called Jim Brown + told him to go ahead + order a new oven. Glad that’s over now. I wrote cards w/checks to Patsy + Abby and wrote a note to David Cleveland trying to explain what had happened. I did two loads of laundry. Jimmy + Dick watched the football game. I went + mailed the letters + bought some groceries. Came home + made a chocolate pie. Laid out my afghan squares and think they’re beginning to look very nice. Tried to reach Mary but no answer. Jimmy left about 3:30 or 4:00. We called J + J + asked them to dinner Dick went out to get some more groceries + didn’t come back for two hours. I was extremely angry + said so. However all cleared up. J + J here at 6:45. We played some cards + had dinner which was pretty good. They left at quarter to ten and we had a little more to drink + went to bed. Dick very restless today. We talked it over a little. Spoke with Leon today + explained that I didn’t think we’d make it to Bill’s opening.
Up at 7 – coffee – made love – made breakfast. Sent a telegram to David Cleveland at Holderness wishing him happy birthday + saying gift on way. Went to Gloria Marshall’s. Jo Bailey not there so right after went over to Hunsaker’s [crossed out writing] picked up 50 lbs of hen scratch, got groceries + came home. George here helping Dick. I fixed grilled bacon cheese + tomato open sandwiches for lunch. Wrote b’day card with $15 ($5 for new school) to David. Paid Equity dues, United fund, Academy Players Directory and Alaria taxes – $405.76. About half of what I’d expected. Went to house on Bonita for stain. Turned out to be Mahogany. Went to Sears, Von Tobels + Wonder World. Only place that carries Deer-O paint is Wallers + they’re closed til Monday. Cashed check + came home. George left about 4:30. Dick went over to the Valley bar for a few drinks and I wrote in diary + checked birthday list for the Enelow Children + discovered today is Larry Cleveland’s birthday + David’s isn’t until the 29th!! Talk about feeling idiotic! I called Barnview + got Lincoln who thought it was funny + said he’d tell Dave I called. I smelled something burning + found I’d put my tea water on a front burner + lit a back burner. The egg poacher was a little molten heap in the back. Good Lord. I tried to call Larry + then after 4 busy signals discovered I’d dialed the wrong number. Dick home about that time + fixed me a drink. I did get Larry + over explained which made everything a trifle worse. Funny chat though with Anne. Dick did a little more work in the library + I wrote Timmy + asked him for Thanksgiving, sent for Dick’s slacks + wrote a B’day card to Larry with $10 in it Fixed veal parmiagian for dinner + we ate + watched TV – Dick went to sleep about the middle of “Horatio Hornblower” which he’d insisted on staying up to see. When it was over I fed him + got him to bed. I finished all my squares + have about 24 to 90.
Woke today with the feeling I’d missed somebody’s birthday. Checked the list and it’s David’s birthday tomorrow! Called New London + got his address from Doris – also Anthony’s. Lincoln’s president of his class this year. I changed the sheets + went to Gloria Marshall’s. Pat Robeson’s birthday today + I treated her to a fast coffee afterward, then went shopping – groceries etc. and wool and greeting cards and sandpaper. Safeway, Sprouse-Reitz- Drug store, Wonderworld for Kingsize sheets. Wendy here + well along by the time I got back. She had really liked “Oliver” + just flipped over the book cases. I think that’s one of the things I like the most about Wendy – her genuine enthusiasm. I fixed lunch and then I started staining the shelves. Slow work as the unfinished wood drinks up the stain. Luckily it wipes off the paneling which makes the job easier. I got 4 bottom cases with a single shelf each done. Drove Wendy home after writing quick not to Jim Moore with check. Dick went to Waller’s for the rest of the lumber. George coming over to help again tomorrow. They finished the big pool on 5 penny lane today. I had a letter from Carolyn Brown today + the stove still not fixed. I called Jim Brown at his office + told him first to try a new timer + then to [crossed out word] get a new stove. Letter from Daddy saying he was going to N.Y. at [crossed out letters] Thanksgiving – could we come at Christmas – Letter from Timmy who wants to come later – Guess it will all work out. Fixed ham and turnip greens etc. for nice dinner. Watched TV + went to bed.
The Mets won the series. Whee! Ho Ho Ho. I stayed home from Gloria’s with a series of lies (how ridiculous at my age!) I spent hours + hours measuring the bookcases for shelf openings – tedious beyond words + was tired + cranky by the time Dick came home. Also had eaten 3 hot dogs + a cheese sandwich watching the game so Gloria Marshall’s tomorrow will be a real fiasco! Napped in the late afternoon. Dick started putting trim on the cases + it looks great. I tried out the dark walnut stain and I think that looks great. We had TV dinners + watched Ironsides + went to bed about 10:30. I got the stationery from Leon + will get started following through on all that as soon as the shelves are done. I bought a dog brush + comb + finally brushed the dogs a little. Doesn’t add up to a really creative day!