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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press July 24, 2013 + "New Screen Romance Involves Our Linda" was the headline the Dallas Morning News put on Sheilah Graham's gossip column for July 25, 1939 that dealt more with the real age of a young actress than her love life. Born in Dallas in 1923, Monetta Eloyse Damell grew up in Oak Cliff and attended Sunset High School. Her mother was determined to see one of her three daughters on the silver screen, and Tweedles- a fam- ily nickname- drew the short straw. Mrs. Darnell had her little darling tap- dancing at four and seven years later pushed her into model- ing for a BigD department store. By age 13, Linda had appeared in local theater productions and landed a job as a hostess or "Texanita" at the Lone Star Centennial. The 14-year- old entered the "Gateway to Hollywood" contest with a backdated birthday and fin- ished first in the southwest re- gion. As a consolation prize for her loss in the final round, she was given a screen test by RKO. The moviemakers liked what they saw but not enough to put the fresh face on the payroll. Linda never forgot her less than triumphant return to Dal- las. "It was hell to go home and have everybody ask how you were making out in Hollywood. I was just miserable." But a Twentieth Century-Fox talent scout remembered the beautiful brunette and in April 1939 persuaded studio execu- tives to bring her back to Tinsel Town. Fox changed her name to Lind& bumped her age up to 18 and signed her to a seven-year contract with a starting salary of $75 per week. Within the month and with- out any training, the inexperi- enced adolescent went in front of the camera. Hotel for Women ; WEEK IN was a very forgettable debut, and her second film was not much better. Linda's co-star in the romantic comedy Day-T/me Wife was matinee idol Tyrone Power, with whom she made three more pictures (Brigham Young, The Mark of Zorro, and Blood and Sand) in a year and a In 1944, (..3 Look maga- zine chose her as one of the four most beauti- ful women in Hollywood and eloped the half. Fox reward- ed the hard- working starlet with a hefty pay raise that increased her weekly income to $750. But her meddling mother main- tained tight control of the minor's money and managed to funnel more than $100,000 into a"trust fund." Linda left home in 1942 followingApril with the cameraman who shot her screen test and first three flicks. The twice divorced groom was 42, 23 years older than the bride. In 1944, the year Look maga- zine chose her as one of the four most beautiful women in Hollywood, Linda appeared in her fourteenth film. The tight blouse and short skirt she wore in Summer Storm ~rned the "sweet young thing" into a"sul- try vixeff' resulting in mature roles that required more than merely looking pretty. Linda played a music-hall Jezebel strangled by an insane lover in Hanover Square (1945) and a seductive waitress who met an almost identical fate in Fallen Angel, also released at the end of the war. 1946 featured two more doomed characters: a concubine burned at the stake (Anna and the King of Siam) and a saloon singer shot to death (My Darling Clementine). Buda Bits Continued from 1C Welcome home to Buda to Mayor Todd and wife Eliza- beth Ruge. The couple has been enjoying a much-need- ed vacation on the east coast. Rounding out July birth- days with wishes to T.J. Hig- ginbotham on July 26; William (Willie) Chambers on July 27; Ann Claussen and Elva Opiela on July 28; JoAnn Thames and Mirian Weisheil on July 29; Mike Manning and Ralph Pfluger on July 30; Ginny Har- low on July 31. Anniversary wishes go out to Steve and Charlotte Quisenberry on their 23rd wedding date on July 27. ooo Only a month before the school bells ring to end sum- mer vacation time so enjoy the last few weeks of summer fun. CAVAZOS Robert James Cavazos, 65, of Kyle, was called to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednes- day, July 17, 2013. He is survived by his wife Erlinda of 37 years, son Christopher; daughter Rox- anne and her husband Ryan Decker; sister Adele and her husband Richard Neel. He was born on November 23, 1947 to Edward and Josephine Cavazos in San Marcos. Robert enjoyed being outside tending to his lawn, washing the car and if it wasn't "his" clean, it wasn't clean at all. He loved the Dal- las Cowboys and was excited for the upcoming season to start. He was a loving hus- band and father. He will be greatly missed. Services were held Satur- day, July 20th at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda with burial at San Juan Cemetery in Reedville. The title role in Forever Amber, the costume epic that should have vaulted her into the big time, backfired on Linda. Critics crucified her for sleepwalking through the three million-dollar box-office flop, and Fox blamed her for disap- pointing ticket sales. Linda kept plugging away in low-budget tear-jerkers like The Walls of lericho, A Letter to Three Wives, and Wife, Husband, Friend. Then came her highly acclaimed performance in the 1950 film No Way Out, which according to a rave review in Look"raises her to a position as one of the screen's top dra- matic actresses." But in 1952, right after the breakup of her eight-year marriage, Fox let Linda go in order to devote their undivided attention newcomer Marilyn Monroe. Parts were scarce for a homeless actress in her forties, and she made only eight more movies- none worth mentioning. Neither were her second and third rides on Congratulations to'oani Lee Mendoza, daughter of the late Juan Mendoza, Sr. and Elida Mendoza ofBuda. Joani graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science from St. Edwards University in December 2013. She is currently working as the Legal Advocate at HCWC and has jast accepted a position with Travis County as a Forensic Medical Examiner Investigator up the marital merry-go-round. Linda's marriage to a beer heir lasted less than two years, and a pilot sued for divorce after five. In 1956 Linda tried her luck on Broadway in Harbor Lights, but the producers pulled the plug on the fourth hight. She fared better on TV in shows like "Screen Directors Playhouse," "Climax," "Wagon Train," "Play- house 90" and the "Jane ~Ah]man Theater" but failed to get her own series on the air. On the evening of April 9, 1965, Linda took a nostalgic walk down memory lane with her former secretary. They reminisced about the good old days in Hollywood and watched one of the Texas actress' early movies on television. Linda Damell's In .ames hopes of a comeback went up in flames later that night. Firemen rescued her ex-secretary and the woman's daughter from the blazing townhouse, but their famous guest suffered bums over 80 percent of her body and died the next day in a Chicago hospital. Bartee Haile welcomes your comments, questions and sug- gestions at P. O. Box 152, Friend- swood, TX 77549 or haile@pdq. net and invites you to visit his new web site at barteehaile.com. Check it out Continued from 1C version of the story will be different from anyone else's. In my book "travels" I have been to other worlds, other centuries and other countries and I have "seen" and experienced things that would be tough to find in Texas. 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