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The Matchmaker


1958 was a very busy year for me, as I went from drama in Hot Spell with the Broadway great, Shirley Booth and the premier director, Daniel Mann to the comedy-drama The Sheepman and back again with Shirley Booth, Tony Perkins and Robert Morse in The Matchmaker.

Once again, I had the privilege of working with Shirley Booth and a wonderful new actor named, Tony Perkins. Shirley Booth was a genuine person and I loved to watch her work with the props. Tony Perkins was a prissy type guy and became the butt of a lot of jokes, because at the time no one knew he was gay, so he was trying desperately to cover it up and in doing so, the true feelings that he had about himself and life in general was very confused. Robert Morse on the other hand was outgoing, confident and zany in nature. He would get drunk and then dive, fully clothed into the shallow side of the pool, all the time laughing and fully aware that he was wonderfully crazy!

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