1964: ‘Instant’ biz

June 10, 1964:

GOOD MORNING — from Salzburg, Austria, the first stop on 20th-Fox’s one-week “Instant Europe” tour of its companies far from the comforts of Hollywood and home. The trek also serves to prove Fox’s bounceback — and a taste of things to come from the expanded foreign as well as domestic feature and TV operation headed by Darryl F. Zanuck and son Richard. Salzburg is two hours away from Munich. Every available room is sold out for a year by “Sound of Music” producer-director Bob Wise … The $500,000 location is worth it, he assures us. (Total for the film will top seven million of which $1.2 million went for original costs). He states further there was little added cost due to the shift in helm (from William Wyler to Wise) … After “Sound of Music,” Julie Andrews (my how the company loves her) is constantly forced to diplomatically answer the “My Fair Lady” film casting (Audrey Hepburn) question, but now Julie also admits that she would not play the lead in the “Camelot” film version. “Well, maybe no,” she smiles, “if it were kept in the spirit of the play,” which she claims to have loved more than “MFL.” (2006 update: Andrews won the Oscar for “Mary Poppins” in the same year in which Hepburn was not nominated for her role in the Oscar-winning “MFL.” Andrews had been Tony-nominated for it. Julie was also Tony-nominated for B’way’s “Camelot” and once again did not star in the film version. It top-lined Vanessa Redgrave. Andrews’ third Tony nomination was for “Victor/Victoria.” And this Sunday, June 11, the 60th Tony Awards will boast a record number of star-presenters One of the superstars participating will be — Julie Andrews.)

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