Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana) July 16, 1966
The move to color by the NBC Television Network live dramatic serial "Another World" meant work for both the staff and cast of the Monday-through-Friday show. To the characters in "Another World," it has meant the fun of late spring cleaning, and new wardrobes for all or most all. Costume designer Hazel Roy was the first to explain, "Costuming becomes doubly hard. You not only have to think in terms of which color is flattering to an individual character, but you have to keep in mind who is going to play which scene with whom making sure that people don't wear clashing colors and that their clothes are complemented by the colors of the sets." Audra Lindley (Liz Matthews) of "Another World" said, "It's quite something to get new clothes, particularly when someone else selects them for you. I've had a reluctance to go in for certain certain shades of green, but I've got a new green silk suit and a flowered hostess gown that are both knock-outs." Even the men are affected by the color changeover. Joe Gallison, who plays Liz's son Bill said, "Now I have to start wearing ties that actually match the rest of my clothes." The makeup man put it this way: "My biggest task," he said, "is to restrain the actors. In black and white, television actresses who wanted to wear bright blue eyeshadow could be accommodated. It didn't show up on the air. But now, well, nice females from refined homes just don't walk around with bright blue eyeshadow during the middle of the day."
"Another Wonderful World," 1975
Home for Murial Williams is a brownstone on East 61st Street in Manhattan. "It's a great block," she told me, "full of theatre people who continually run into each other with their dogs. People like Peggy Cass and Tammy Grimes and Skitch Henderson. At home I putter in my garden, a rarity in New York and when not appearing in 'Another World' I do voice overs for commercials. And I would like nothing more than to do theatre work again...but because my character has so much to say on this soap, I don't even have time to think about it...however, there is always tomorrow."
Murial told me that she did her first soap opera in 1955. "It was called 'The Brighter Day' and I was the heroine on it for 6 years. It's funny, I always seem to work for Proctor and Gamble. First 'The Brighter Day,' then 'As the World Turns,' then 'Love of Life' and for the past 9 years, 'Another World'"
Ariane Munker (Marianne Randolph) told me that she can't tell me her age. "At my age," the pretty young blond actress told me, "if I tell you my age I could lose out on all sorts of parts. I can either go younger or older so it's best to stay ageless." Ariane has been with the show one year this January and unlike the other stars, does not have a chauffered limousine pick her up. "There just aren't any pick-ups in New Jersey," she informed me. "There are limousines to pick up people who live on the East Side and West Side of Manhattan and in Connecticut...but since I'm the only one who lives in Jersey, Somerset (I teased her with the fact that she's on the wrong soap opera) my dad, has to drive me in and then turn around and go right back to work in New Jersey."
Ariane admitted that she was in her last year of high school and hopes to attend Columbia University when she graduates. "I'm not sure what I want to major in but an actress always has to have something to fall back on," admitted the gal who said she'd like best to play in a film with Elizabeth Taylor. Ariane lives with her parents and little brother, Mark. "My older brother Peter attends Berkely College in Boston...he's a musician. My little brother Mark, did commercials for a while but didn't like it." Neither her mother, Angelika, nor father Adolf, are in show business. Ariane got started in the business as a child doing commercials when her mother's best friend suggested Ariane try out because her daughter was doing them.
On September 23, 1975, Maia Danziger became Glenda Toland. "I did 10 shows for Love is a Many Splendored Thing' and that was the extent of my appearing on soaps prior to joining 'Another World,' she told me. Maia received her training at the New York University School of Arts before getting married and going to California to live with her first husband, an actor named Jeff Walker. "He loved California and I didn't and I think that that's what broke up our marriage. We went our separate ways in 1971 and I started studying again."
Maia met her present husband, Abram Epstein, when she was only 16 years of age and he was 24. She admitted she fell madly in love with him at that time, "but I had braces on my teeth and he wouldn't give me a tumble." It wasn't until after her divorce that she met him again. "I was very unhappy and took a house at Ocean Beach at Fire Island and there I was sitting on my porch feeling very blue and alone when like a bolt of lightning, I was hit with a vision of Abram, only it wasn't a vision, it was really him, puttering in the garden in the house right next door to the one I had rented. His family owned the house and for the rest of the summer they couldn't get rid of me. It was really the lift that I needed...being surrounded by the entire Epstein family, brothers, wives, children and parents. I never thought I'd marry again but how could you say no to the man you were in love with when you were sweet 16." Maia and Abram were married on August 25, 1974.
Today they live in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan and she admits that he is her biggest booster in all of her dramatic pursuits and that if it were not for his boosts and encouragements she would neither have been on Broadway in "Waltz of the Toreadors" with Anne Jackson and Eli Wallace nor sitting here chatting with me on the set of "Another World."
Irene Dailey (Liz Matthews) is an absolute love of a lady with an infectious smile. This talented actress told me that she is flying out to Michigan just for the day to house hunt. "No," she said in answer to my question, "I am not leaving 'Another WOrld,' I am simply going to buy a house as a gift for myself. I have friends who live in Central Michigan, near Michigan State University and they asked why I didn't buy a vacation home in their neck of the woods...and I thought, 'Why not!'
"I grew up on Long Island in a log cabin and am a lady who likes to rough it. I wouldn't mind living out on Long Island but it is far too expensive and one would need a helicopter to get to the place because of traffic. Since I spent lots of time in Chicago working and have lots of friends in the midwest, I felt a house there would be perfect. I could go there for vacations and in the summer and maybe even rent it out when I'm not using it. I don't want a fancy house...I want a fairly old house that I can fix up and it has to be near the water...if not on it."
Irene says that she has never traveled except for work, "It's not one of my dying interests...but now I would like to start taking trips. I want to see places that are famous for their waterways and their beaches...but most importantly, I want to visit friends who live in South America."
Beverly Penberthy (Pat Randolph) admits that she has no hobbies. "I love sports," she laughed, "but instead of excelling in them, I seem to get worse and worse. I suspect it's because I can't participate all of the time. One of my biggest dreams is to be a good skier. Last winter I went to Aspen, Colorado but got nowhere fast! But this year I'm determined. So I've booked passage for myself and my three kids, Mark, Leslie, and Elizabeth and we are off to Switzerland for ten glorious days in which I hope to become a skiing whiz. But if I don't, it should be a marvelous vacation sharing a foreign country with my children."
Beverly says she enjoys her children very much. "I enjoy doing things for and with them. Although I have a housekeeper who cooks when I'm working, I enjoy making special things for the kids when I'm home. I suspect I've spoiled them with my gourmet recipes because they'd rather have escargot than MacDonald's. They are really great kids who are willing to try everything even if they don't like it." Divorced, Beverly says that it is easy for her to make these specialties without a meat and potatoes man around. She also admits that she'd like to take a film course at N.Y.U. and experiment in writing...She also says that she can eat anything and has absolutely no weight problem. I think I hate her!
Michael Ryan (John Randolph) told me one of the most eerie stories I had ever heard. "We had a summer house on Staten Island a number of years ago and the lady from whom we had rented told us that her relative who had owned it before had buried some money someplace in the house. Well, prior to our moving in, she went through the house with a fine tooth comb looking for this buried treasure. It was nowhere to be found and in what I think was sheer desperation, she threw out all of the old furniture...I mean she dumped it on the side of the road a couple of miles away. Well, one weekend, Judith Barcroft, who's on 'All My Children' but who had been on 'Another World' in those days, came out as a house guest for the weekend and brought us a ouiji board as a gift. Well, that night my three kids, who were very young, asked the board if there was a buried treasure and if they would find it. The board answered yes to both questions and the next day with the aid of a neighbor's two children they started tearing up the house...and I do mean, tearing it up, floorboards and all. I couldn't stand it anymore so I threw them all out of the house.
"My wife and I were sitting out in the backyard taking in some sun and playing with our youngest child when the kids came running to my wife with a package they had found. It was all mildewed and dirty and they had said they had found it in the old furniture the lady had thrown out. Now I have this great talent for smelling money. And I knew I had smelled money. There were all of these bills corroded and dried out. I placed them all on top of an old 'Another World' script and counted out $4,950. As I said, the kids were all young and all they wanted to do with it was buy candy. But I put my foot down and said that was a bit much. We split the amount down the middle...giving half to my neighbor's kids and the half we kept was put away for their college...oh yes," said the man who has been on "Another World" longer than any other member of the cast, "I did give each kid $5.00 for ice cream, candy, popcorn and a stomach ache."
Hugh Marlowe (Jim Matthews) told me that his nice way of killing time is baking bread. "I saw an article in the New York Times that told how much less expensive it was and healthier if you baked your own bread and they gave them marvelous recipes. So, I paid my wife Rosemary $50.00 to teach me how to simmer, melt butter, separate yolk and white from eggs and all the other necessities needed. I told her that I would only pay her if she'd stick with me...and she did. So now I get up early every Saturday or Sunday and bake bread for the week.
"I'm a do-it-yourselfer in life...I even have a workshop on our terrace. We live in a marvelous rent controlled building on the marvelous rent controlled building on the West Side of Manhattan and are fortunate enough to have the penthouse apartment and I've built this workshop with tools I brought from California. The secret in being a do-it-yourselfer is to learn how to measure things. Then, carpentry, hanging wallpaper and even cooking becomes easy. I find doing things yourself makes you less bored with life. Weekends were really lost until I started baking bread. I'd just sit there until 'Face that Nation' or 'Meet the Press' would come on television...now I bake."
Hugh told me that he also plays bridge every afternoon when he's not working...that he belongs to a bridge club in Manhattan. He also spends a great deal of his free time helping to raise his new 6 1/2 ear old son, Hugh Michael Marlowe II who he and his wife take along with them on all of their vacations. "My son enjoys being with us and we like to have him along. We recently took him on a cruise on the luxury liner 'Michaelangelo' and every night, he liked to get dressed up like me...complete with shirt, tie and cufflinks. Some kids just don't make an effort, I'm happy that my son does.
Susan Harney says that she wasn't at all opposed to taking over the Jacqueline Courtney role of Alice Frame. "I think appearing on 'Another World' is a marvelous training ground for me," said the actress who prior to this had only appeared in repertory theatre, star packages, and commercials. "They used to have 'Studio One' for good dramatic training, but now it is soap operas and I think I'm on the best one. And acting on television is a medium I want to explore...I really feel as if I have growth potential in it. I haven't done theatre since I signed with the show but I hope to get back into it as soon as I'm accustomed to this new way of life."
In her spare time Susan told me that she enjoys any sports. "I'm an active and outdoor person who enjoys water-skiing and a good game of tennis. I've also recently become interested in antiques and craft things. When the spirit hits me and I enjoy crocheting shawls for friends. I began crocheting when I was in the theatre and we were on the road and sitting around in rehearsal halls for hours. I had all of this free time on my hands so I began to crochet because I could also concentrate on something else while I was doing the crocheting. I've even crocheted rugs.
I am taking voice lessons, for musical comedy and hope to take dancing and skating lessons in the near future," said the girl who grew up in Tennessee but never met Elvis Presley.
Susan has never been married and says she likes to keep her personal life strictly personal. She did admit that she has been seeing someone for quite a while but that marriage is rather far in the future.
"At the moment," she admitted, "my primary concern is to find a new apartment. It has to be sunny, very sunny, not very large but with a wood burning fireplace and located on the West Side of Manhattan. I like the West Side because of the community feeling and I enjoy being near the Hudson River. i don't entertain much in this apartment where I live now but I hope to when I move. I have all sorts of wonderful recipes handed down from my grandmother and I'm dying to try them on friends. Since moving to New York 6 years ago I've really gotten turned on to food. Coming from a small town as I did, I would only hear and read all of these ethnic goodies...now I'm trying them first hand.
Lionel Johnston who appears as Michael Randolph told me he was born in Georgia but was an Air Force brat who lived in Montana and spent most of his teen years in Panama, where his folks still live because his dad works for the Government and the Panama Canal. "I wanted to be an actor since I attended high school in Panama. We lived on the Atlantic side of the Zone and I attended school on the Pacific side. I always loved to entertain and have done a magic act and have sung with a band before leaving Panama to study acting. I lived there with my family from 1964 to 1970 and left just to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts after having attended college in Panama for one year. After attending the Academy for two years, I joined an improvisation group and did shows at the Manhattan Theatre Club where a casting agent for Universal Studios saw me and gave me a contract.
"I went to Los Angeles with the dream of stardom and got nothing but small parts on 'Kojak,' 'Chase,' several TV movies and the movie 'Earthquake'...which was really an experience and I learned a lot."
After a year and a half, Lionel's dream came to a halt when Universal let him go and he went from the studio to the unemployment line. His agent got him an audition for "Another World" after the show's casting director couldn't find a Michael Randolph in New York. "Right after the audition," Lionel continued, "I left for Texas and got married to Gladys Maymi, my high school sweetheart whom I had met in Panama where her dad was stationed in the Air Force. I had to marry her," he laughed, "it was because it was cheaper than running up those 160 phone bills every month!"
Lionel came back from his honeymoon and says he never unpacked his wedding gifts because he expected to move to New York at any given moment...he was that sure he'd won the part. His intuition, of course, was correct and today he and Gladys are renting a charming home in Norwalk, Connecticut and not living out of cartons.
I am absolutely enthralled with Jacqueline Brooks' speaking voice. It is so deep and distinctive and she also happens to be a very talented actress. "But away from the set," she told me as we sat in the famous Cory library where she plays housekeeper Beatrice Gordon, "I'm a tennis buff...I mean, a real tennis buff...I spend every free waking moment on a court someplace in Manhattan. I know it's an expensive hobby, especially in this city but I don't care, I love the game that much."
Jacqueline has also done several motion pictures which excite her more than anything. "Since making my first appearance in the film 'The Gambler' I've become very interested in doing any picture offered to me...just so I can learn. I recently completed a part in 'Looking Up' which was made in Manhattan. But today I had some bad news, I also made a film called 'Dragonfly'...I played a doctor who didn't want her patient to get released from the hospital and I wound up on the cutting room floor because they didn't think my part added to the story line. But I enjoyed doing the film anyway!"
Jacquline also does commercials for Kelloggs and a new aspirin substitute called Datril. She lives in the basement of a brownstone house that was built in 1832. "And between my tennis and work, I've become quite a gardener on my little patch of earth outside of my back window. I myself broke up the concrete and was carrying six cartons out a day. I laid the brick and tilled the soil and had quite a pleasant place this past summer. This next summer I hope to garden vegetables and fruits." She also enjoys entertaining and cooks her own dinners..."nothing fancy...but I'm a good cook. And I have found the best way to enjoy a party is by preparing everything in advance so that you can sit down with your guests and be a guest yourself."
Although John Fitzpatrick, he plays Willis Frame, was also working the day we visited "Another World," he declined to be interviewed because he just doesn't do them.
Also working was Roberta Maxwell who plays Barbara Weaver and we fell over some sort of scoop when we were told not to interview her because she was leaving the show and her part was going to be filled by Kathryn Walker who played Fawn on nighttime's "Beacon Hill."
It was quite a long day tracking down all of these stars but it was an even longer day for them. The "Another World" cast arrives at the studio at 6:30 in the morning and sometimes doesn't finish taping until 6:30 at night. They take no lunch break...why there even isn't a commissary on the premises and the only place they can grab some sort of sandwich is in a butcher shop two blocks away. I also learned that sometimes they even tape the dress rehearsal which is used over the airwaves. I take my hat off to this talented bunch of people!
Now, because the cast is so large and many of your favorites weren't working the day I was there, I"m going back to see if we can't get people like Constance Ford, Victoria Wyndham, Douglass Watson, John Getz, David Bailey, Beverlee McKinsey, David Ackroyd and many more! Keep tuned in for the next installment of "Another Wonderful World."
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) August 30, 1979
One of the wickedest women on television is Iris Bancroft, villainess on the long-running soap opera, "Another World." Iris is played, with morals askew, by Beverlee McKinsey. In an interview here, Miss McKinsey discussed her character with the breezy enthusiasm of a good actress gone unrepentantly bad. "She's nuts, my character," said Miss McKinsey. "She's very wealthy, her father a powerful man. I thought in the beginning he was patterned after William Randolph Hearst. She's spoiled, traveled in Europe. I suggested (to the writers) that she's in love with her father. So we played incest to the best of our ability on daytime.” When he married a woman Iris's age, she hired a gigolo to seduce her father's wife. She was responsible for the death of the baby. "It's obvious that Iris and Mac (Iris's father, Mackenzie Cory, played by Douglass Watson) can only be together if he's not her father. So we fixed it that father would find her mother's diary and discover that another man was Iris's father. I became his adopted daughter and they brought a mother for me out of the woodwork. I finally got rid of the stepmother after years and the fans went berserk." Iris has also been active on her own behalf. “I had a two-year relationship with Dr. Russ Matthews and we never left the sofa," Miss McKinsey recalled. "I've done everything but give birth on that sofa." Energetic mischief-making has taken its toll on Iris, but she always bounces back with enthusiasm. Miss McKinsey remembers: "I (she means Iris) had a nervous breakdown from which I recuperated in one day. I went totally batty and sang songs in German. The next day I was talking normally to the nurse, attempted suicide in the same show and then recovered."
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania) March 22, 1980
The cast and crew of "Another World" have packed their bags after taping around this tropical island's quaint and colorful settings. All of the scenes leading up to the near-death of Mac Cory, the stabbing of Mitch Blake, the death of Janice Cory and Rachel Cory's rescue of Mac were completed with the cooperation of Project St. Croix, who arranged the accommodations and facilities for the "Another World" crew. Everyone's pleased, but everyone is visibly exhausted. Victoria Wyndham (Rachel) has been joined by her husband, financier Wendell Minnick and they are waiting for a plane to whisk them off for a short vacation. Doug Watson vacationed with his wife, daughter and granddaughter for a week before the St. Croix filming in St. Thomas. And Christine Jones and William Gray Espy (Janice and Mitch) are heading for a romantic rendezvous to parts unknown. Yes, fans, they are "an item," as gossip reporters say. Local residents who were cast as extras are bidding the stars goodbye. Tourists from the States, who had followed the taping from one location to another, are trying to get a last autograph or photo. Some of them were lucky enough to be cast as extras in several street scenes. A man in a Madras shirt and walking shorts exclaimed, "By gum, me and my Mrs. came down here for a vacation. But we never coulda guessed that we see these folks. The Mrs. nearly had heart failure seeing that guy who plays Mitch." Two white-haired matrons are overheard commenting, "I saw Mac take a tour boat out to Buck Island this morning. I think we ought to follow him out there and make our own love scene," one of the ladies giggled. Wyndham admits she feels as though she just wrapped up "one of the nighttime cop-chase shows. It's been a strange mixture of action and drama. But I think the audience will love what we've done down here." Espy confesses that after he departed his popular role of Snapper on "The Young and The Restless" several years ago, he had sworn he'd never do another soap. "But I've matured to the point where I wanted the opportunity to learn the craft of doing a soap. When I left Y&R I was full of negatives. Working on AW has given me a different perspective that has been generally worthwhile, and I'm considering staying with the show longer than I originally intended." Jones, one of the best actresses on daytime television, has no choice about remaining on the show. Her character is dead as a doornail. "I understand the melodramatic point of Janice's death. But I was frankly frustrated by the change in her character that was needed for the plot. Janice was never a manipulative character in the beginning. Her 'bad girl' reputation came from what other people said about her, and the audience believed she was no good, even though she really wasn't a typical soap villainess. She merely happened to be in the right place at the wrong time and took advantage of the situation. In order to justify Janice's decision to kill Mac, I decided to play Medea, the vengeful, scorned woman. The one time Janice became noble was when she thought she killed Mitch. It was then she decided to take responsibility for the act, because she'd never taken responsibility for her other actions which were imposed on her. She didn't manipulate things, they manipulated her. In any case, I wanted to stage Janice's death scene in a classical manner. Janice wanted to end her own life because of the guilt that finally caught up with her. But she couldn't do it herself. That's why Janice forced Rachel to make the fatal attack. And when the ladies surface in the pool after the struggle with the knife, Janice lays her cheek on Rachel's shoulder. I wanted it to be a symbol of gratitude, as well as a reminder to the audience that Janice never had a mother and in her dying breath saw Rachel as a redeemer and a mother figure. Most soap opera 'nasties' are here today and forgotten tomorrow. I refused to let Janice go to her death at the hands of a mechanical plot device. I wanted the audience to remember and perhaps understand Janice. "Another World" fans will not only remember Janice, but they'll cherish the memories of all the St. Croix supercharged location action for a Jong, long time to come. Bravo to all.
Herald and Review (Decatur, Illinois) December 13, 1981
Beverlee McKinsey (Iris on 'Texas") has quit daytime TV for good. But she has strong things to say to those who look down on soap operas. When McKinsey was offered the role of Iris Carrington on the NBC daytime drama "Another World," the part was a minor one due to be written out in three months. Beverlee admits she accepted it "just for the money" but eventually this small role expanded to become one of the best-known "bitch goddesses" on daytime TV. Beverlee's salary rose along with the show's popularity. Now, after seven and a half years of portraying Iris on "Another World" and on its spin-off, "Texas," Beverlee is leaving the world of soap operas. Looking back on her successful reign as one of the most talked-about women on daytime TV, she still finds it surprising that the character Iris caught on with the viewers. "I needed to make money, that's all," says Beverlee. "I had to make a living because I had a child to support and I wasn't really trained to do anything else but act. I really had no idea the part would ever last this long, and I certainly never dreamed it would bring me this much attention, although I still don't consider myself a star. I guess to some people, it must seem like a big deal, but there's no way you can compare the attention I get with the attention someone like Robert Redford gets. Now there's a really big deal!" Well, big deal or not, the cool, aloof and ever so nasty Iris won't be around to wreak havoc anymore. Beverlee McKinsey is leaving daytime TV to try her luck in the New York theater. Why would the queen of the soap operas relinquish her throne? "I'm bored," says Beverlee, with just a touch of Iris' haughtiness in her voice, "and I've been bored for years. Mainly, I just feel overworked. When 'Another World' went from 30 minutes to an hour, it was almost the end of my life. I'm highly disciplined, but the schedule took a terrible toll on me." The demands on Beverlee's time included learning 30 pages of dialogue a day (without the help of cue cards or teleprompters), rehearsing and taping 16 hours a day, and working on a year-round schedule. But though she is quitting the soap scene, Beverlee McKinsey is quick to defend the vehicle that brought her national acclaim and a string of Emmy nominations. "I'm so bloody furious at people like Johnny Carson," says Beverlee, "who says he has so much admiration for soap opera actors and then won't have any of them on his show. I've been trying for years to get on the Carson show and they won't touch daytime people as if we were somehow beneath them. They don't think we can be entertaining. "I went on an interview (with Carson's talent coordinators) and the girl said, 'Well, if we put one on, we'll have to put them all on. I said, 'What kind of statement is that? If I can't be as witty and amusing as some of the people you have on that show, I'll give you your money back!' "I've done all the other talk shows," Beverlee continues, "and I do those shows well. But you see people come on there and use phrases like 'soap opera acting’ and I'm thinking, 'What does that mean, buddy?' Because if it weren't for the profits made by daytime TV, nighttime TV wouldn't even be on the air. The networks rely on the daytime shows.’ Outspoken? You bet. That's gutsy, vivacious Beverlee McKinsey for you. Off and running on some brand new career endeavors, including a return to the Broadway stage, there's no doubt that daytime's "Iris" has just begun to bloom. Miss McKinsey, a pert and bright-eyed woman who is somewhere in 40s, mentioned another new facet of her character: "Iris has never been promiscuous until the last few months, when we got new writers. I've always said that old ladies shouldn't run around in their underwear. But I did run around in my underwear a week ago Friday. Vivian, the batty maid, came home and found Iris in bed with a guy. I have good legs, so I wore a chemise and told them to focus on my legs from a distance." After previous marriages to Eliot Carrington and Robert Delaney, Iris is now exhausting the patience of her third husband, Brian Bancroft. Miss McKinsey thinks she sees a break in the clouds, however, through which the sun may soon shine warmly upon Iris. "They've brought in another wealthy man who's going to try to ruin my father. I'll fight for my father, so finally Iris may get some sympathy." All these shenanigans take place in Bay City, a mythical metropol whose exact locale is unknown. "Another World" began on NBC (Channel 3) in 1964 and on March 6 became the first soap opera to expand to 90-minute length. Miss McKinsey has been playing the role of Iris Bancroft since December 1972. Although the fans may hiss, Miss McKinsey is understandably sympathetic to a character who has brought her more than 300 weekly paychecks. "Iris is just starved for love," she said. "She just wants everybody to love her. She's after the world. A man won't do."
The Jackson Hole Guide, September 9, 1982
If you, like Donald M. and Kathleen Rowen of Gerber, California, happened by the Gros Ventre slide early last Wednesday, you might have seen a man fall off a cliff onto an inflated pad on a platform about 20 feet below. What you would have seen was the cast and crew of the popular NBC soap opera, Another World, shooting the climactic scene of an eight-part series filmed on location in Jackson Hole. Thirty actors and crew members came from New York City, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City to film this remote. They were aided by 12 locals, led by Breck O'Neill, president of the Jackson Hole Film Commission. The locals performed a variety of functions, from picking up People magazine reporters to providing horses. Included in the local crew were county coroner Bob Boetticher and his deputy, Stan Wilhelmsen, who provided their mobile mobile homes for use as dressing rooms. But the cameras did not pick up the entire jump, so they had to do it again. The stunt man got back in position at the top of the cliff, the cameras set up again, and the pad was re-inflated. On Take 2, everything worked. The crew applauded, and the director said, "It's a bite!" They moved to set up the next scene. The "next scene" actually preceded the jump in the story's sequence, and took five attempts to satisfy the director. It was more complicated to film, since it involved switching from a stunt woman to an actress when the camera moved in for a closeup. The scenes shot here represent the end of a four-year on-again, off-again love affair between Blaine (Laura Malone) and Buzz (Eric Conger), two characters in Another World originally from Wyoming. Buzz takes Blaine back to the Cowboy State, but Sandy (Chris Rich) her lover from Bay City, U.S.A goes after her for a showdown with Buzz. The producers of the show, and Procter & Gamble, which owns Another World, know how popular they are. An estimated six million people, mostly women, watch Another World, and they consider the actors stars. When Malone received her 5 a.m. wake-up call August 31, the caller asked for her autograph. The fan later appeared at her door and even though the actress was exhausted, she obliged. Despite these hazards, the stars do get out on the town when they can. While here, they went to the Cowboy Bar, and rode horseback in the mountains. All effused at the sights, although Malone, who was born in Washington State, said, "It's not quite Mt Rainier." Mostly, though, they worked, and while waiting to appear on camera, they play Scrabble. Rich "usually wins, by two points." They don’t mind the long hours, because soap opera stardom is extremely lucrative. According to Rich, the only people in show business who make more money are prime time television stars and big-name movie actors.