Thursday, March 31, 2016

Schulenberg's Page: New York, Part LIII

Patty Sauers, September 25, 1965.
Text and Illustrations by ©Bob Schulenberg

Patricia Sauers, (Patty/Pattie) was a close friend of mine from my UCLA days. She was a gifted comedienne and had moved to New York to pursue an acting career. Her father "Joe Sawyer" was a successful character actor from movies and television. He shot Victor McLaglen in the film, "The Informer", arrested Clark Gable in "Hold Your Man," was a frequent familiar face on the screen and on television played Sergeant Biff O'Hara in several Rin Tin Tin television programs.
Victor McLaglen and Joe Sawyer (right) in The Informer (1935). Inset: Joe as Sergeant Biff O'Hara in Rin Tin Tin.
Pattie battled her weight all her life and had found it doubly hard being the daughter of a well known actor and a beautiful mother. She compensated by focusing on comedy; and she had a very natural gift for it.

A friend of Pattie's was Philip Carlson, who was also an actor.
Along with Barre Dennen, Paul Bartel, Carole Gister and Amy Vane, we had a coterie of UCLA pals hoping to make it big in the Big City!
Paul Bartel.
Carole Gister.
Barré Dennen.
Amy Vane.
A new friend that Pattie introduced us to was Paul Carpinelli, a guy with movie star hair through which he frequently ran his hands. It's strange but true that that attitude is how I best remember him! It was great hair!
Pattie and Philip started dating after Pattie had lost quite a lot of weight and so Philip became a naturalized UCLA adoptee.
Patty at the Trattoria with Paul.
Patty and Phillip at the White Horse.
Around this time, my Dutch friend from Paris, Maurice Hogenboom, had moved to New York and was sharing an apartment on Fifth Avenue downtown with Kees Romer, also from Amsterdam.
Visiting them one day I met Jerry Blatt, who later became successful writing material for Bette Midler.
Later, Philip told us about a play we should all go see in Brooklyn. I'd never been to Brooklyn and didn't know if any of the others had, but it sounded like an adventure and Philip had recommended it.

So off we went.

To Brooklyn ...
The play was "Christopher Columbus" by Michel de Ghelderode.
Philip had a friend who was appearing in it but we didn't stay to meet him opting instead to go back to Manhattan. I met the friend later when Philip recommended I photograph him for head shots.

The friend's name was David Patrick Columbia!
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