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4--UJF--June 131 1980 I 'Little Orphan Molly' Meets Cousin In Norfolk Ellyn Gale - as stage orphan, Molly Board meeting Brandeis University Women will hold a board meeting for officers, directors and other board members at the home of its president, Mrs. Bernard Beskin, 7300 Woodway Lane on Thursday, June 19 at 11 m. There's no business like show business and, probably, no one knows it more than a very special star of"Annie", Ellyn Gale, the 9 year-old youngster who plays the young- est of stage orphans, Molly. Ellyn Gale is special to the Tidewater community, for she is the second cousin to the United Jewish Federation's Shaliach, Y0el Swartz (her mother, Susan is Yoel's first cousin)--and special also for, while others might feel she is working when she is front and center, she says she is having a good time. Ellyn, who travels with her mother, Mrs. Susan (Gerald) Goldberg and her younger sister, Jennifer, 6, started her theatrical career three years ago--and since that time she has been part of six TV commercials and appeared in two motion pictures, "Starting Over," with Burt Reynolds and Jill Clayburn and "Going in Style" with Art Carney and George Burns, in addition to her performance as an orphan in the hit traveling Broadway show. The young trouper trained for her career by enrolling in the Charles Lowe Theatrical School, a children's professional school in Manhattan, when she was six-and-one-half years old. This proved to be her jumping off place, for shortly thereafter she got a theatrical agent and like Topsy started to grow and perform. Home for Ellyn Gale and her family is Queens, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. and when possible, Mrs. Goldberg returns to home base to visit her husband and other daughter, Michelle, 11, who will be spending the summer traveling with her mother and sisters. Incidentally, Ellyn Gale is not the only stage struck member of the Goldberg family, for young Jennifer has appeared on various TV commercials, including those At 721 W. 21st... Opening June 15th Goodwin & Co. A sparkling exhibition Of the Work of Norman Goodwin & His Students At Selden Arcade... Continuing Through June 13th The Fabulous Festival Art Exhibition Weekdays 10 til 5 I I i i Shaliach Yoel Swartz and ..... EllynGale andher mother and sister, Jennifer in UJF office. (Photo byRay Levinson) for Cascade and Cheerios and three years ag_o appeared for a couple of months on the soap opera, "Love of Life." Michelle, who has done some modeling, decided that show business wasn't for her. Although Ellyn Gale is in an enviable position, there is nothing affected about the youngster who takes her exciting life in stride, albeit a bit fast paced at times. Answering requests for autographs is fun and "funny," the latter the word she used to describe the feeling she gets when she takes pen in hand to please fans. The young actress' stage presence is enhanced off-stage by her disarming, natu- ral charm for she denies any attempt to single her out from other youngsters her age. She doesn't feel it's necessary to be treated like a star among her peers who on occasion tend to expect her to be "a snob". .. and pushy." She is obviously impressed by what impresses all 9 year-olds, including meeting "famous" stars such as Adam Rich, the little boy who plays Nicholas on "Eight Is Enough" and Jean Stapleton of "All In The Family." Although being a child performer may be enjoyable and not at all akin to work, schoolwork is a carryover from her regular lifestyle which is ever with her. Even home- work is done backstage while waiting for the monitor to inform her of when she is supposed to be on stage. Studying with an ear to the outside world is sometimes difficult, she admitted. No doubt her daily schedule would be the envy of any schoolage child, however, for following the end of each evening per- formance which is usually around 11 o'clock, comes a snack or game or other light entertainment which usually gets her into bed around midnight or 1 a.m. Unless she has an appointment, she can stay in bed until 11 a.m. Then, there are special occa- sions, such as the celebration at the Norfolk SPCA of the second birthday of Moose, Annie's dog in the show. It was a surprise party for the special pooch whodinesin"the finest restaurants" and drinks from "crystal glasses and eats from the best plates." Of course there was ice cream and cake and (dog food) for all. Despite the glamour there have been moments on stage that have caused Ellyn Gale some moments of frustration. One such was the time when the heat from the lights caused her to become momentarily dizzy and to forget her lines. As usual a fellow performer cued her in and the diffi- cult moment was obscured from the audi- ence. "I felt like saying something real mean, pulling my hair from my head," she said, explaining that if it had occurred on a night when the director watched the show, "he would scream" the next day. Oh well, that's show biz. NEXT DEADLINE (June 27issue ) WEDNESDAY NOON June 18th (All material must be typed and is subject to editing In the event space is limited, articles published will be determined by time element involved.) Illl FINGERPAINTING WORKSHOP ages 3-5 June 27 11:00-11:45 $6.00 fee includes kit to take home' For More Located in Children's Village Information Adjacent to King's at London Bridge 463-2547 I 1 Ludwig Sternlicht, M.D. is pleased to announce the opening of his office for a practice limited to Hematology and Medical Oncology Virginia Beach Cancer Clinic 1756 Sir William Osier Drive Virginia Beach, Va. 23454 HoursbyAppointment ]i , , 481"5202