"This is life, not the movies," barks Rosemary Clooney's sister in "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story," the CBS movie at 9 tonight on Channel 9. In fact, it isn't life or the movies. Clooney's autobiography, detailing her descent into drug addiction and subsequent redemption, has been turned into another drably shabby TV sudser, albeit more unintentionally funny than most.
Jackie Cooper produced and directed the film, written by Katherine Coker, and together they recount Clooney's rise, fall and her bounce back, but it's all so listlessly dramatized that it couldn't matter less. Sondra Locke, the actress who made such a powerful and distinctive debut in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," and who has since coasted through ill-fitting roles in movies made by boyfriend Clint Eastwood, is laughable as Clooney, especially in the big tantrum scenes.
"Don't throw damp towels on the furniture!" she shouts at Tony Orlando, mischievously miscast as Clooney's husband, actor Jose' Ferrer. Then she demands a divorce. Soon the lady who sang "Come On-A My House" is hitting the Seconal, the Librium, the Valium, the Percodan and, of course, the Skids. Witnessing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy allegedly triggers the breakdown, but the screenplay never makes a serious attempt at discerning the roots of Clooney's misery.
The story is told through flashbacks Clooney is supposedly relating to Kevin McCarthy as a psychologist. At one point she recalls with a dipso slur, "I was always traveling, traveling, traveling," and there is a hilarious shot of McCarthy looking bored, bored, bored.
Applications for Federal Housing Administration-insured single-family home mortgages set a record in November at 82,545, signaling that the housing industry is on the way to recovery, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Samuel Pierce said yesterday.
The seasonally adjusted annualized rate for November applications was 1.18 million, far surpassing the previous high of 1.13 million for 1971.
Actual applications for FHA-insured mortgages in November numbered 82,545, Pierce said.
The sharp increase reflects the drop in the rate on government-insured home loans to 12 percent last month.
Officials said that between 30 and 40 percent of the applications represent homeowners refinancing their higher-rate mortagages.