Monday, January 27, 2014

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: TUESDAY WELD


As teenagers started to be the driving forced behind ticket sales in the 1950s, more younger actresses were becoming famous and popular. Rock 'n' roll not only was changing the music industry but it was changing the movies as well. One such actress that emerged during those changes was the pretty Tuesday Weld. Weld was born Susan Ker Weld in New York City in 1943. Her father, Lathrop Motley Weld, was a member of the Weld family of Massachusetts, and he died in 1947, shortly before her fourth birthday. Her mother was Weld's fourth and final wife, the former Yosene Balfour Ker, the daughter of the artist and Life illustrator William Balfour Ker. Weld had her name legally changed to Tuesday Weld on October 9, 1959.

Weld made her acting debut on television at age 12 and her feature film debut the same year in a bit role in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock crime drama, The Wrong Man. The pressures of her career, however, resulted in a nervous breakdown at age nine, alcoholism by age 12, and a suicide attempt around the same time. In 1956, Weld played the lead in Rock, Rock, Rock, which featured record promoter Alan Freed and singers Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, and Johnny Burnette. In the film, Connie Francis performed the vocals for Weld's singing parts. In 1959, having appeared as "Dorothy" in The Five Pennies, she was cast as Thalia Menninger in the CBS television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Although Weld was a cast member for only a single season, the show gave her considerable national publicity, and she was named a co-winner of a "Most Promising Newcomer" award at the Golden Globe Awards.


She was put under contract to Twentieth Century-Fox and appeared in feature films and episdodes of Fox-produced TV series. In 1960, she appeared as Joy, a free-spirited university student in High Time, starring Bing Crosby and Fabian. She also guest-starred that season on NBC's The Tab Hunter Show. On November 12, 1961, she played a young singer, Cherie, in the seventh episode of ABC's television series Bus Stop, with Marilyn Maxwell and Gary Lockwood. This was the same role Marilyn Monroe had played in the 1956 film Bus Stop, based on William Inge's play. Kim Stanley played Cherie on Broadway.

Weld's mother was scandalized by her teenage daughter's affairs with older men, such as actor John Ireland, but Weld resisted, saying, "'If you don’t leave me alone, I’ll quit being an actress — which means there ain’t gonna be no more money for you, Mama.'  In 1961, when Weld was 18, she had an off-screen romance with Elvis Presley, her costar in Wild in the Country.


She was well received for her portrayal of an abuse victim in Return to Peyton Place, the sequel to the 1956 film Peyton Place, but the film was less successful than its predecessor. Weld appeared with Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen in the 1963 comedy Soldier in the Rain; her performance was well received, but the film was only a minor success. That same year she and former co-star Dwayne Hickman appeared in Jack Palance's circus drama, The Greatest Show on Earth on ABC, but in separate episodes. Later in her career, she turned down roles in films that became great successes, such as Bonnie and Clyde, Rosemary's Baby, True Grit, and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

In her thirties, Weld performed in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; Who'll Stop the Rain (1978) opposite Nick Nolte; and Michael Mann's acclaimed 1981 film Thief, opposite James Caan. In 1984, she appeared in Sergio Leone's gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America, playing a jeweler's secretary who is in on a plan to steal a shipment of diamonds. While the robbery is happening she goads Robert De Niro's character, David "Noodles" Aaronson, into "raping" her with her complicity.

Weld has also appeared in a number of television movies, including a remake of the much-filmed tearjerker Madame X (1981), Circle of Violence (1986), Reflections of Murder (1974) (an American remake of the French film Les Diaboliques), and A Question of Guilt, in which she plays a woman accused of murdering her children. In 1993, she played a police officer's neurotic wife in Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall.

Weld and her demanding stage mother were definitively on the outs in the mid 1980s, and she began telling people that her mother was dead even though she was still alive. “I hated Mama,” Weld told The New York Times. “She took my childhood away from me. I was expected to make up for everything that had gone wrong with Mama’s life. She became obsessed with me, pouring out all her pent-up love—alleged love—on me. It’s been heavy on my shoulders ever since. I didn’t feel really free until she died. Otherwise her death didn’t really affect me much.” Tuesday’s mother retorted to the press, “I didn’t like being called dead."  In reality Tuesday's mom was very much alive. (She did pass away in 2001 at the age of 90).    


Weld was married to conductor Pinchas Zuckerman from 1985 to 1998. When he divorced her, Zuckerman complained that she had stopped caring about his career: “Why do I have to go to another concert when I’ve heard the piece before?” she would ask him. In Ethan Hawke’s dorm-roomy Chelsea Walls (2001), Weld’s unpredictability has gone to such an extreme that there’s almost a total disconnection between her oddball reactions and what Hawke has given her to say. Since 2001, Weld has lived quietly in Aspen, Colorado, and not much has been heard from her, but she knows full well that silence is much more intriguing than any further work might be. Since the ‘70s, she’s been rumored to have occult interests and connections, but her main project has always been her own ravenous mind, and at this point she just wants to be alone with it. “I like to be alone in general,” she once said. “I have a hunger for it. I eat up silence".

It is reported that Weld suffers from bipolar disorder, and as she turns 70 she is being cared for by her daughter. However, that report has not been fully proven or disproven. In recent years she has been scheduled to appear at movie fan shows and film festivals, but often she will cancel the appearance at the last minute. Despite having the demanding stage mother, Weld resisted the fame and still does late in her life. Even though she is not seen much these days, hopefully she is at peace with her life and knows how many fans she still has...  
 

59 comments:

  1. She is a couple of years older than me. I remember when she started out...I thought she was so cute and wished I looked like her .. for a while.
    I wondered why she called herself Tuesday. Because people would remember? or is there some story behind it?
    Yeah...Tuesday Weld and Carol Lynley.....I used to read all the stories about them in Photoplay and the other movie magazines.

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    1. I did too - I wanted to wispy and blonde, and kind of wild, yet refined. People today cannot realize unless they go back into old files or old magazines how very popular Tuesday and Carol both were. I have been told when I had long blonde hair that I actually DID look like Tuesday Weld - I wonder if wishing it made it happen??

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    2. Her little cousin pronounced Susan as Tu-Tu. She was in the business at a very early age and by 16 changed her name legally to Tuesday. She also moved out and bought her own house. Great stage name.

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    3. Her real name was SUSAN,but when she was little she pronounced it as 'Tuesday' & it stuck.

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    4. She obviously had some mental anguish due to a demanding mother and growing up too fast.however, what girl doesn't say or think "I'm mature for my age," I've heard that from so many girls. Its immature to say or think that but girls keep saying it....... Too bad

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    5. Tuesday Weld and Carol Baker were my favorites along with Marilyn Monroe, of course.

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  2. Good article - but it missed the 1968 thriller, Pretty Poison, starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld. Perkins was fantastic - compare to Psycho - and the role was a real change from Tuesday's cutes-sweet teen image, too. If you've missed it, check it out. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Anyway, best wishes to Tuesday and her happy solitude.

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    1. Makes sense she likes her privacy, her life path number is 7. Also, when she changed her name from Susan to Tuesday, her first vowel of U was not dropped. She kept it. According to some numerologists, when people change to a nick name and/or make a name change and the first vowel is changed, it can mean they hold back in life and for whatever their reasons are, others will never truly know them.

      May she enjoy her privacy. One more thing as to the comments about her son...would you all want others to comment from afar about your life when in fact they know little?

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  3. I have Weld ancestors, in Massachusetts; I only saw her in Dobie Gillis but remember those appearances.

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  4. You failed to mention The Cincinnati Kid, Lord Love a Duck, Pretty Poison, I Walk the Line, Play It As It Lays, etc....
    Weak article. Tuesday only backed out of 1 film festival that I ever heard of.

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  5. It should be mentioned (although I can't exactly figure out why) that when they first starred together, Tuesday was 16 and Dwayne Hickman was 25. But Dwayne had this boyish charm and look about him that allowed him to pass for a teen. Then again, Tuesday did have this attraction to older men that must have helped make the series work even if was only for one season. I, too, hope that Tuesday has found peace in her life now. It's hard enough growing into old age just having had a normal life out of the limelight. Having the baggage that comes with being a child star and a demanding mother in the wings, not to mention possibly being bi-polar must compound the difficulties beyond endurance. Gotta admire her for her resiliance.

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  6. My first and most enduring "crush."

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  7. My concern with Tuesday is how come she was not in her son Patrick's life like a mother should be.i mean before he had that run down apartment he was homeless and for his parents who were both famous why were they not there for him.i read about how Dudley was not a terrific father but I would like to know where was Tuesday when her son needed her?

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    1. I agree! How can two famous wealthy actors allow their child to live homeless! Selfish and disgusting! Shame on them both!

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    2. You are wrong about Dudley Moore being wealthy. He died poor in Metuchen, NJ in a house that was a wreck.

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    3. You are ASSuming Patrick wanted or would accept help. Clearly his lifestyle is his choice and there is nothing his mother can do about it, though I am sure it breaks her heart.

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    4. Perhaps he treated them badly and they refused to accept that sort of treatment.

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  8. I would just like to know why is Tuesday's relationship with her son not so good.i read an article by Patrick saying he was homeless at one point then after awhile he managed to get a run down apartment.from Patrick's point of view I know why Dudley his father was not in his life much but one thing stood out was that there was no mention of his mother anywhere.

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    1. Why do you want to know so badly?
      Why are people so concerned with celebrities private lives.
      I wouldn't believe any article.
      You ,nor anyone knows the situation

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    2. CURIOSITY, can you say that Martin? If that's your name. The same reason that brought you to this page.

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  9. She would have been incredible as Supergirl !!

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  10. Magnificent actress. I'll always remember her best in "Who'll Stop The Rain". Tuesday, Nolte, Moriarty and Zerbe were over-the-top fantastic.

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    1. Madame X is the best movie ever, cannot get the heartbreak out of my head and hate for the evil mother in law.

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  11. I just finished watching her for the first time in a movie where her character's name was Alma and she starred with Gregory Peck.

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  12. She was stunningly pert on "What's My Line?" so much so that one would easily wish to put the wood to her in ravishingly insistent thrusts again and again to conjure on her turned rapt visage the blushing realization of her swaying enchanted ecstasy.

    Any Mouse

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    1. Ya finished now, phhttt !

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    2. That was hot! I'm with ya on that one, pal.

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  13. I do believe she is bi polar my dad was and they are their own worst enemies. I dont think she ever had a normal life.

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  14. Tuesday Weld was a problem child, but not by her own doing. It's amazing she's still alive! She's always had good performances & should probably get a lifetime award for her acting AND survival abilities COMBINED. All she needs is for some Hollywood type to write her one good part to restart her career! I'm 3 years older than U Tuesday, & fell in love with U after Rock, Rock Rock. Compared to these spoiled ditzes of today like Lindsey & Ariana. Pick yourself up & go back for one more shot. U deserve it & some talented writer, producer will do that 4 U. U watch! Tell U what, I'll be ur date when U get ur award! ok? Luv, MIKE W.. Write to me here, @ MIKE W. leave Ur digits & I'll call U & set up a meeti to finally meet U ok? It will be great! You'll see! MIKE

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  15. She was married to Dudley Moore. I thought see was great in "Serial" 1980 in Marin County Ca.

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  16. She was hot... but sounds like she has spiders in her head....

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  17. I always had the hots for you and still do!

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  18. Underrated and talented actress.I hope she has some happiness in her life now.

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  19. Once Upon a Time in Amercia and Falling Down are two great movies.

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  20. my favorite was BECASUSE THEIR YOUNG where her n micheal mccallan had a steamy but stormy romance.im 65 now but tuesday weld was my dream girl for a lot of years.

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  21. Tuesday is awesome, indeed. Hayley Mills is my personal favorite, however. :-)

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  22. Tuesday Weld is the most beautiful woman that has ever appeared on film. The close up shots of her in 1971'S
    " A Safe Place " are proof of that.If her life story ever comes to film it will be a mega hit movie.

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    1. Great idea! Her life story would make a great movie. I don't agree, however that she should give up her privacy for one last movie no matter the awards because people today are so critical and cruel and would not be respectful.

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  23. I'm currently watching 'rock rock rock' on turner channel. I love Tuesday. I had the honor of meeting her and doing her hair years ago when she still lived in NJ/NY. She was beautiful inside and out. A kind, considerate, generous woman. I would love to see her in a new film, however, the important thing is that she is happy living life the way she wants to. Peace, Love and Admiration to you Tuesday!

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  24. If she had married the actor, Frederick March II, she'd be Tuesday, March 2nd. I know - I know - that's an old one.

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  25. Tuesday Weld is absolutely the most beautiful actress to ever appear on film! Her long thick hair, ebony eyes, and uncanny voice sets her apart from anyone. I can't wait to see her life story made into a feature film. It would be the hit of the year !

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    1. I know.....that voice.....why does no one speak of that accent, her voice, so unusual and distinctive.

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    2. I define her voice as sultry.....sexy.

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    3. To me she looks like Lee Remick

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  26. I think when she played in Thief with James Caan that she brought a sense of strong dynamics to that group of men. What a true Michael Mann film. I think it was way ahead of its time!!!

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  27. Please, please, please Tuesday . Come out of your self imposed retirement and do one more film based on your life. I along with your thousands of fans want this to happen .

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  28. Want to know why she won't come out and reveal her reasons, then read my article on line. type in Tuesday Weld High Priestess of the Illuminati. My article was posted by Adam Gorightly. He wrote the first article on Jeffrey Turner's revelations which which make my ideas sound sane. The whole truth is probably somewhere in between. She certainly deserves her retirement.

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  29. rerunning the Dick Cavett shows: the one she was on decades ago was quite interesting.

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    1. On which she talks about doing her life story with herself as her mother.

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  30. Everyone tells me I look just like Tuesday weld

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  31. Wasn't she in "The Time Machine" ?

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    1. Yvette Mimieux is another I would like to read/see more of and info is available with current pics etc, but too bad more reruns are not on tv of Tuesday's and Yvette's shows. I remember Yvette on Dr. Kildare, surfing when she had epilepsy.

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  32. Was no one concerned that she was being preyed upon by older men by age 11? "Relationships" with older men is false. It is called rape. No wonder she experienced severe emotional challenges.

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  33. I find it interesting how many entertainers suffer from bi-polar disorder, compulsive behaviors, and poor parenting skills. Fans put them up on a pedestal, and feel resentful when they discover they were not the 'ideal' they had maintained about them.

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  34. If one is on the Internet one can answer one's own questions such as who starred in what by looking on the Internet.

    Peter Oslin

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  35. Tarantino has revived so many careers travolta the obvious one if he ever made a movie about last the Masonic lodge she would be perfect for a lead role

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