1967: ‘Barbarella’ not for kids

From the Army Archerd Archive

Sept. 6, 1967

GOOD MORNING: It may be comic-strip based but “Barbarella” ain’t for the kiddies, or, as Paramount boss Bob Evans evaluates after viewing the film firsthand in Italy, “It’s no Disney picture !” … F’rinstance one sequence has 20 (count ’em – 20) next-to-nekkid females in an orgy for the Jane Fonda starrer, Vadim helmed … The husband-wife duo talked another with Evans on his look-see, the next “Mirage,” and according to the latter, Vadim wants to work in Calif. He particularly digs the beach scene … Continuing his globe-circle, Evans jumps to Japan, Hong Kong and India, where “The Mountain is Young” shapes up. En route through the Riviera where Harold Robbins is villa’d, and then on to N.Y. where “Ilya Darling” is legit’ing. Evans ogled Nikos Kourkolos as the star of Robbins’ filmed “Adventurers” for Par, this one to be global-lensed, one of six roadshow pix launched next year. (2007 update: Evans, recalling the visit, says “I liked Vadim a lot — he was a great player and we tried to get another film together but didn’t. Not even ‘Mirage’.” Forty years later, Evans is still under contract to Paramount and says, “I have several (pix) on the burner — one a comedy, the other a drama.” He is also completing his autobio, “The Fat Lady Sings.” Meanwhile, Jane Fonda’s latest role was that of mother -of -the -groom. Her son, Troy Garity married actress Simone Bent in N.Y. Aug. 25. On hand for the ceremony was Troy’s father and Jane’s ex-husband Tom Hayden as well as her ex, Ted Turner. Garity will next be seen in the film, “Lake City” for director Perry Moore.)

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