Chicago Daily Herald: February 4, 1981
by Bob Thomas

 

HOLLYWOOD- Says Miguel Ferrer: "The question we get asked all the time is: 'Does being the child of a famous parent help or hinder your career?' My favorite answer is my friend Carrie Fisher's: 'Yes.'"

Recent times have brought a flood of second-generation performers, including multiples like the Fondas, Bridges and Carradines. Two more can be seen on CBS television Feb. 12 - Anne Lockhart and Miguel Ferrer.

They play 1941 lovers in Magnum, P.I. - he a Navy ensign, she a Hotel Street hooker who agrees to marry him. He believes she has died in the war; a U.S. Supreme Court nominee 40 years later, he receives a blackmail note from her. Magnum (Tom Selleck) to the rescue. The program will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 on Chicago's Channel 2.

What makes the Magnum drama unique is that the onetime lovers are portrayed 40 years later by June Lockhart and Jose Ferrer.

The resemblance should be startling. Anne Lockhart has her mother's eyes but her own brand of brown-haired beauty. She is 27.

 

 

IN INTERVIEWS both Anne and Miguel seemed bright, ambitious, confident. They had similar reactions to the inevitable question about the help or hindrance of a famous name.

"Sure, your parent's name can get you the first job and maybe the second," said Anne. "But then you have to prove yourself. You can't fall on your face quietly; you do it in front of everybody. And there are a lot of people out there waiting for you to fall on your face. So you have to work twice as hard."

"You have to be certain of yourself as an individual," added Miguel. "You have to be confident, a money player. My biggest problem is overcoming the fact that my father was - is - such a terrific actor. If I dwell on that, I might feel like giving up."

Miguel was the eldest of five children of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney.

"I was never treated like a kid," he recalled. "My parents allowed me to attend their cocktail parties and dinners, and they never spoke to me like a child." The family spent some time in New York and a year in London, but mostly on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills.

WHEN MIGUEL WAS 11, his parents divorced. "I didn't learn until two years ago that they were divorced two years before that," he said. "Nobody told me at the time."

A drummer from the age of 8, Miguel played In the band and also conducted for Rosemary's singing tours. "Then in 1968 she had a complete nervous breakdown and spent months in the hospital trying to get herself together," he said. "So from the age of 13-14, I was doing pretty much what I wanted to."

That included the drug scene. Miguel said he enjoyed marijuana for a year until he decided "it was taking my intelligence away." He tried LSD "but it frightened me to death.'

He added: "What pulled me through was I knew I was loved on a basic level and I knew what was right Between my parents and my grandmother, I had a good grounding. Besides, I found a new diversion: girls."

Anne Lockhart is actually a fourth-generation performer, her great-grandfather was a concert singer, her grandfather was character actor Gene Lockhart.

"My sister and I grew up here but we didn't know the other stars' kids," said Anne. "We were in Hollywood but not of Hollywood."

Anne toured with her mother in 40 Carats and Butterflies Are Free, spent a year on Battlestar Galactica, is a semi-regular on BJ and the Bear. She has appeared in 100 commercials - "that's where I had my technical training; it's ideal for paring down your work and learning camera angles."