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captioning sponsored by cbs and johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations. >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. first, the good news. the latest job report out on friday says the unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly last month from the month before. now the bad news. that still leaves an even 10% of american workers out of work. and that statistics tells only part of the story. the people behind the number tell the rest of it.
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seth doane will be reporting our cover story. >> i have been unemployed since september of 2009. ooif been out of work for about six months this year. >> reporter: there are nearly 15.5 million americans unemployed. >> i have three masters degrees and i'm looking for a job. >> reporter: it does seem a little bit like musical chairs because the number of jobs like the number of chairs is just not enough for everybody. >> reporter: and even if you get a chair, it just might be pulled out from under you. >> what kind of reactions have you had when you've had to lay people off? >> some cry. some want to appeal. some want to say, are you sure this isn't a mistake? >> reporter: coming up on sunday morning, americans out of work. >> osgood: a gleeful song is just the eye opener we want this time of year. plenty of americans are ready and eager to provide it. this morning our mo rocca will be their eager collaborator. >> reporter: show choirs.
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competitive, hard work, fun. >> you get ready to go on stage. your excitement builds. then it just explodes while you're out on stage. >> reporter: and now with a tv show about a glee club... ♪ they say there ain't no mountain high enough ♪ > they're sounding sweeter than ever. we razzle-dazzle 'em, later on sunday morning. >> osgood: angela lansbury has been lighting up the stage and screen for more than 60 years now including 12 seasons as star of "murder she wrote" right here on cbs. this morning, we're happy to say she'll be lighting up our screen. cbs news anchor katie couric will do the honors. >> couric: angela lansbury on life. >> i really only come to life, i think, when i'm working. >> couric: angela lansbury on
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work. >> all i needed was a bobby, you know, a crime. and i was off and running. >> couric: and angela lansbury on viagra. >> women don't have anything like that. they're beginning to now apparently. they're trying to develop something along those lines. i hear they are, yes, yes. >> couric: this has taken an odd turn. hasn't it? >> hasn't it? do you want to continue this conversation. >> couric: later on sunday morning. >> osgood: ping-pong might seem a bit too regal a name for a sport you play with a hand held paddle but the game may rise to royal status yet if the trend our bill geist discovers continues. >> reporter: i've always played ping-pong in base manys where you spend a lot of time looking for the ball under the washing machine. now there's a push to make ping-pong a hip, trendy, exciting, even a sexy sport. but is that possible? ping-pong? examine the evidence with your
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own eyes. later on sunday morning. >> osgood: alan pizzey will have the latest from italy on the murder conviction of a amanda knox. serena altschul has a story about the healing power of dance. mark phillips takes us to meet the modern dutch master who created a funny bunny loved by children around the world. and more. but first the headlines for this sunday morning the 6th of december, 2009. president obama visits capitol hill today where the senate is spending the weekend working out the kinks in the proposed government health care plan. russia's president med ved is calling for his country to tighten the fire codes after friday's nightclub fire in the city of purm. more than 100 people died, another 130 were injured. many of them critically. fire tore through a horse barn at the warren county fair grounds in southwest ohio early yesterday, killing two men and 43 horses.
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mr. squiggles may be hazardous to your child's health. a san francisco-based consumer group says it found a chemical that could cause health problems with the popular hamster. its manufacturer insists the product passed rigorous testing. daughter of pop star billy joel and super model christy brinkley was hospitalized and then released in new york yesterday after a drug overdose. it is not clear whether the overdose was accidental or a suicide attempt. in college football, the crimson tide of alabama rolled over top-ranked and previously unbeaten florida yesterday 32- 13. the win earns alabama a berth in the bscs national championship game. now today's weather. much of the country is seeing below-normal temperatures. the rockies will get some snow to go along with that frigid air and a stormy week lies ahead. heavy rains will fall in california and the southeast, and a blizzard could develop in the upper midwest. next, help wanted.
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with cerebral palsy. until age 12 he often wore leg braces but neither braces nor doctors helped his awkward way of moving. >> you just drag the heck out of it across the ground. >> reporter: you were familiar with it. >> it was like a.... >> reporter: cerebral palsy is a disorder in which the brain has been injured so that it sends the wrong signals to the body's muscles. there is no known cure. >> there's actually nothing mask larly wrong with my body. there's no deformity. >> reporter: and structurally. just nerves talking to muscles and not connecting in the right way. >> right. bad communication. what envious streets in yonder....
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>> reporter: greg became an actor, often performing with a company that features disabled actors. >> probably the best romeo i ever saw. >> reporter: that's where tamar first saw greg in a performance of romeo and juliette. >> every reaction he had was if... was in his body. he would be nodding. he's looking at juliette. it's really like his whole body was there. >> reporter: you could say tamar's life work is about bodies. she's been a choreography and dance teacher for 25 years. >> i said i'd like to work with this particular guy. >> i almost started laughing like i couldn't believe it. it just seemed like a ridiculous concept to me. >> reporter: not me. >> yeah, right, first of all i'm an actor. secondly, look at me. >> reporter: greg agreed to work with tamar for one simple reason. >> you have to understand that i got involved with this project because it was an opportunity to work.
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that's all it was. >> reporter: a job. >> yeah, it was a job. >> reporter: so early this year greg and tamar began to work together on a dance piece. her choreography inspired by greg's body. >> i thought of myself in two halves literally. my huper half was fine, more developed. and okay. and my legs were, my lower half, everything was the problem area. >> reporter: that idea of a body in two halves reminded tamar of the ballet "afternoon of a fawn" first performed 100 years ago. it's about a mythical creature, a person from the waste up, a goat from the waste down. greg would be tamar's fawn. but it was clear right away that turning greg into a dancer wasn't going to be
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easy. >> his heels were hooked. he see-sawed left and right. >> i could not maintain my balance. i mean i always liked to move but whenever i danced or moved it was always moving until i would eventually fall down. >> his heels never touched the floor. that's why he would fall. >> reporter: emily blackman became one of greg's dance partners. >> if we're too close, i can knock him over. if i do something too fast i can knock him over. >> reporter: did that happen? >> that has happened. >> reporter: greg needed help. to turn him into a dancer he and tamar started workouts away from the dance floor. that's where greg's body started to change. they did several hours a day of intensive sessions, trying to do what doctors never could. they combined a bit of massage
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and carefully guided movement to teach greg's brain new possibilities. and then there was what they called shaking. >> it looks weird and it doesn't look pretty but, i mean, it works. >> reporter: it was working. his heels hit the ground for the first time in his life. >> my heels are down. i'm not like dragging my foot. and there were times when i would be walking or doing something i'm like do people feel like this all the time? the amount of sensation has changed so much. it's incredible. >> reporter: greg and tamar have regularly checked in with dr. steven paget, the physician and chief at new york's hospital for special surgery. he's been amazed at greg's progress. >> what tamar has done here with greg is basically tried to retrain his neuro logic system to work in a more normal fashion. >> reporter: dr. paget says
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there's a growing awareness that the brain can change and even adapt. >> before this type of an amazing transformation, people would just learn to live with it and make their compensations. they would just try to get on. now we can see especially if this can be taught to others that there is hope. >> reporter: hope but still not a cure for cerebral palsy. this weekend, greg made his debut as a dancer. performances began in a manhattan theater of diagnosis of a fawn. it deals with a intersection of medicine and art. but for greg, it's more than that. it's the story of a dancer whose body, once split in two, has come together as one.
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>> osgood: ahead, bill geist shows us ping-pong on the rebound. but first, judgment day in italy.
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>> osgood: the conviction of an american student amanda knox in italy for the murder of her british roommate is making headlines on both sides of the atlantic. our story is from alan pizzey. >> reporter: for centuries the town has drawn scholars, tourists and in recent years foreign students eager to study and basque in its glories. amanda knox had just arrived from seattle to spend her junior year learning italian when she met a nice italian boy named rafael. the two said they were in his apartment smoking marijuana, watching a movie, and making love the night before police broke down the door of the cottage knox shared with british student meredith. there was blood everywhere. and the body of meredith with her throat slashed. knox went to the police voluntarily to give evidence. but they thought she acted strangely. she kept changing her story and two days later she and
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rafael were arrested and charged with meredith's murder. journalist andrea vox began covering the story. >> amanda knox's attorneys explained that behavior as sort of a cultural and generational gap, that she was a young foreigner. she was kind of an odd bird from seattle. she didn't act like they thought she was supposed to. and therefore they started to suspect her early on. >> die, die, die. >> reporter: questioned without a lawyer knox claimed police were brutally abusive and even hit her. she implicated a local bar owner who was later cleared. the dna of a drifter was all over the crime scene. he was arrested, tried separately and sentenced to 30 years in jail. when knox and rafael got their turn in court, the prosecution claimed that they forced meredith into a drug-filled sex game because she had criticized knox for being promiscuous and untiedy and ended up killing the british girl.
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the jury in italy also includes two judges and is not sequestered. as for amanda knox she became a media sensation dubbed foxy knoxy her childhood nickname. dna samples too small to count, claimed the defense. in a final plea to the court knox speaking in italian said she was scared of being branded what i am not. scared of having the masked of an assassin forced on to me. the verdict came at midnight. guilty, 26 years in jail for knox, 25 for rafael. knox sobbed as she was led away. her younger sister was there. >> i am terrified of what she's going through right now because she's alone. i have my parents. i have my aunts. i have my younger sisters with me. she has no one. >> reporter: knox's divorced parents who bankrupted themselves to pay for her defense and be in court every day were outraged. >> it's a complete miscarriage
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of justice. it's a travesty to the italian judicial system. >> reporter: knox has an automatic right of appeal. >> many cases are overthrown on appeal here in italy. also it's very common that a sentence will be halfed. >> reporter: the family says they let italian justice run its courts and are turn to go political pressure from the u.s. >> now i do want the government involved. and i would be very, very disappointed if they did not get involved. >> reporter: but until her appeal comes up probably next october, amanda knox will stay in the women's wing of the jail outside the town where she came to study and have a fun-filled year. >> osgood: next, talk about a dutch treat. >> people know miffy. finally got the whole gang together: maple brown sugar, strawberry delight,
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>> osgood: 'tis the season for children's books. and time to meet an artist who has won a following of children around the world. by mastering the art of drawing one very simple figure. mark phillips visits the creator and his creation. >> reporter: after bugs, this is probably the most valuable bunny in the world. can you do us a little miffy. >> i make a little ear. >> reporter: miffy, a children's cartoon character first created by dutch illustrator dick bruna more than 50 years ago. like that battery-powered bunny, miffy and bruna just keep going and going. you always start with the ears. >> yes. i always start with the ears. >> reporter: where else would you start with a rabbit? miffy is a simple creature,
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just a few carefully drawn lines. two dots for eyes, an x where the nose and mouth should be. ♪ miffy, run ♪ with her friends she's having fun ♪ >> reporter: yet she's beloved by children the world over and lately has been making in-roads in america as an animated character. ♪ a cute little bunny > recently miffy has been drafted in as the worldwide face of new york city tourism. not bad for a little rabbit born like its creator in the gabled dutch town of utrech. miffy has become an industry here generating more than $300 million a year in revenues. the books-- 118 of them-- have been translated into 40 languages. all of them created, slowly, deliberately, in the loft in which the 82-year-old dick bruna still labors every working day. how many books you've sold in
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all the languages and all the countries? >> my publisher tells me about 80 million. >> reporter: 80 million. >> yes, yes. >> reporter: that's a lot of miffy. >> yes, it is (laughing) >> reporter: about 89 million books actually. there's an entire section in the city's art museum dedicated to miffy and bruna. miffy, says the museum's curator maria, is not just kids stuff. >> i think bruna himself has been amazed that his work appeals to children all over the world. and also grown-ups. i myself like his style, simplicity and his tongue in cheek humor. >> reporter: they are based on simple stories since the first one in 1955. an innocent sale about a day at the beach. inspired by an actual rabbit seen by bruna's then young son during a beach holiday. >> and very often we saw a little rabbit running around
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the house there at the seaside. after a few times i thought it would be maybe nice to try to draw that. you see the top of miffy's head. >> reporter: bruna's miffy books have followed a meticulous formula ever since. their size, a little over six inches square made for little hands. their drawings, simple but engaging. the characters always is looking straight out at the reader. their colors, just five of them. red, blue, yellow, white and green. their words. short, understandable, and written in a simple rhyme. >> the train while standing near and in the train miffy fell asleep. sleep well now, miffy dear. >> reporter: do you understand what the appeal is for the children. >> i don't see myself as an author of children's books. i make books for children and in the most simple way. children like that. when you make things as simple as possible, you leave lots of& room for their own imagination.
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>> reporter: that's the trick. simple stories maybe but not always simple ideas. miffy goes to an art gallery in a book bruna describes as his favorite and has an encounter with some of his creator's own artistic influences. these stripes are very pretty, miffy says of the well known composition. i like this painting too. but should i look this way or that? i'm not sure what to do. miffy goes through some of the same growing pains as her young fans. >> children are very, very serious with miffy. i mean one day i did a book about miffy at hospital. it was quite a success. i even did a few years ago a book about death. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. parents asked me to do that. miffy's grandma died. there was a funeral. but at the end after the funeral, everybody had cried and everything. life goes on. >> reporter: universal themes
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with universal appeal. no more so than in japan where bruna's minimalist style struck a cultural cord. his work was an instant kit that kids like this one seemed to take with them through life. >> i've always had miffy around me while growing up. both boys and girl knows who she is. everyone knows her. >> reporter: and everyone knows dick bruna in holland. >> biking to his studio in the morning. he drinks a cup... there is bruna he's drinking his coffee. that is dick bruna! it's a national monument. >> reporter: a national monument to graphic artist who is considered not just a writer of children's books but an artist in the dutch tradition. collectible. >> hanging on the wall, we have a real big bruna.
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that is nice. people like that. he is playing at the base of your heart. he has has the right strings. >> reporter: once he gets into your heart, it seems, he stays there. >> not very long ago i was cycling in town here. then there was a student next to me, a girl. 18 years old or whatever. she said to me, listen. this is cool. i said thank you very much. miffy is cool. i said, thank you very much. >> osgood: ahead, susan boyle's dream come
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here's a look at the week just passed by the numbers. british talent show sensation susan boyle's first album "i
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dreamed a dream"... ♪ i dreamed a dream in times gone by ♪ >> osgood:... debuted in first place on the billboard 200 albums chart with 701,000 copies sold in its very first week. the biggest one-week sales record of the year. the more established recording star beyonce topped this year's grammy nominations with ten. the season finale of abc's dancing with the stars was the number one tv show just ahead of ncis on cbs. >> big mike. hey, my name is lee-ann. >> reporter: the blind side is expected to top the weekend box office with $21 million in ticket sales. >> do you have any place to stay tonight. >> reporter: going rogue by sarah palin is still going
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strong as the number one non-fiction book for the second straight week. i alex cross by james patterson is the number one fiction book. >> if one guy decides he's not going to move. >> osgood: the most viewed video on u-tube is a florida state offensive lineman maintaining a statuteesque stance during a game against the florida gators. >> like he has no idea of what's going on. >> reporter: after more than 50 years and more than 12,000 reported sightings, the british ministry of defense is shutting down its ufo investigation unit for an annual savings of 44,000 pounds, about $73,000. the ministry says that, quote, in over 50 years no ufo report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the united kingdom. the week passed by the numbers. >> admit it to me. you like singing and dancing. >> yes, i do. i enjoy it.
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>> osgood: coming up, mo rocca singing the praises of singing.
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♪ sleigh bells ring ♪ are you listening? ♪ in the lane snow is glistening ♪ ♪ a beautiful sight ♪ we're happy tonight ♪ walking in the winter wonderland ♪ >> osgood: our thanks to the choristers of holy trinity roman catholic church here in new york for bright owning our sunday morning with a gleeful song. americans from every walk of life are raising their voices in song these days as our mo rocca can attest. >> reporter: trumpet-playing high school sophomore, this star varsity football player, this german club enthusiast, and this 4-h member and
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wrestler connected? they're all members of central ohio's olentangy high school show choir. ♪ a special kind of choir ♪ known as show choir > show choirs are nothing new but with the popularity of singing competitions and a hit tv show about a glee club, they're riding a pop culture crescendo. r.j.smith is a member of olentangy's keynotes. >> you get ready to go on stage and your excitement build and then it just explodes while you're out on stage. you're having so much fun. >> reporter: emily moore says show choir has given her extra moxie. >> i can walk down the hall dancing to a song in my head if i need to. it completely changed me. like i'm a completely different person.
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>> reporter: in the past 20 years, the keynotes have brought home a shelf full of trophies. even if show choir doesn't enjoy quite the status of team sports. >> my dad told me i can meet girls in show choir. >> reporter: football player michael race met his girlfriend ellie in the group. >> you get made fun of. it's a natural thing. we usually cover it up. say we have something to do that night. somewhere to go. >> reporter: you're going to get caught eventually. >> now we will. >> reporter: michael may have joined the keynotes to meet a girl. but he still is in it. admit it. you like singing and dancing. >> yes, i do. i enjoy it. >> reporter: in fact, glee clubs were originally all male. the first founded in london in
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1787 sang unaccompanied songs called glees. ♪ like glorious apollo sung here by the harvard glee club, america's oldest. today the names glee club and show choir are often used inter-changeably. ♪ just a small town girl snet ♪ ♪ living in a lonely world >> reporter: if you're hearing the term glee club more these days, that may be due to the hit fox tv series "glee." ♪ just a skinny boy > the show may be about a struggling glee club of misfits, but the cast is greeted like rock stars. and songs from the show's sound track regularly top i- tunes' list of hot sellers. the glee club's characters are
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an unlikely mix. so the idea that a korean- american goth girl with a stutter, an athlete, a diva, a special needs kid, a gay student can all be brought together by the glee club, is this realistic at all? >> yes. i think it's completely realistic. ♪ a world that's full of happiness ♪ > leah michelle plays rachael,& the unpopular girl with a powerhouse voice. >> there's nothing that brings people closer together than having to sort of like express yourself in that way that sometimes we feel very vulnerable. sometimes it's just fun. >> absolutely. >> sometimes it's scary. there's all the emotions that go on when you're learning to sing or to dance together. >> reporter: kevin hail plays arty abrams. >> you're going to have to give blind trust to the people that are around you. they're going to respect what i'm doing and it brings anybody who participates like
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that together. >> reporter: singing and dancing well together is really hard. >> not easy at all. >> 1, 2, 3. >> reporter: you don't need to tell that to these ladies. ♪ ain't no mountain high, no valley low ♪ ♪. >> reporter: the 82 women of long island's greater nassau chorus rehearse every tuesday in a church basement. ♪ i'll get marryed in the morning ♪ ♪ ding dong the bells are going to shine ♪ ♪ get me to the church on time ♪ >> reporter: no wonder they took fourth place at this year's sweet adelines world championship. the singers ranging in age from 27 to 89 are driven by their fearless leader hair yet walters. >> it's much more than the music. the music is what brought us
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together, but it's the people, the friendships and the relationships and the teamwork that keep us coming back. ♪ there ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ ain't no valley low enough ♪ >> reporter: teamwork. there is no eye in glee. >> when you walk in the door you have to recognize that you're bigger than yourself. >> reporter: arlene there must be a temptation to go all american idol and to be like the big soloist. >> no. it's like salmon all going in the same direction, going to the same goal. ♪ ( applause ) >> reporter: this fishy was going back to school when the keynotes invited me to rehearse the guys' medley. >> we have a guest student with us. his name is mo.
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>> reporter: i wasn't going to say no. warming up meant stretching, crunches, push-ups and then vocal exercises. i shadowed veteran keynote tenor brian pagnet. they worked on our enunciation. and our facial expression. then it was time to bust some moves. there's a reason it's called show choir. >> 5, 6, 7, 8. it looks like hard work. it is. if it looks like fun, it's not. it's really fun. snolt... ♪
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>> osgood: next angela lansbury speaking her mind. >> i don't want to represent a part of old age that i find is difficult to watch. i don't want to play that role. >> osgood: and later ping-pong pops. everyday we generate 8 times the information found in all u.s. libraries. where did it come from? store transactions, market movements. emails, photos... videos... blogs... what if technology could capture all this information... and turn it into intelligence.
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>> we haven't met. >> i'm jessica fletcher. >> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: it's no mystery why "murder she wrote" was such a big hit for such a long time here on cbs. the credit goes to angela lansbury who received 12 consecutive emmy nominations for her role just never won. these days she's back on broadway where she's won five tonys and where even news anchor katie couric chattid with her for this sunday profile. ♪ >> they are all insane. i am deeply suspicious. a catastrophe.
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>> couric: don't let the wheelchair fool you. angela lansbury is as fit and feisty as ever. >> don't squeeze it up against the chair, dear. it will assistant their growth. >> reporter: and she's in a familiar place starring on broadway in the revival of the classic "a little night music." do you ever feel like, gee, i've had an amazing career. i've worked my tail off. i'm ready to relax a little? >> the bottom line is i really don't know how to relax to the degree that i could just stop. so when something comes along and is presented to me and i think, gee, i could have some fun doing that or i think i can bring something to that, i'll do it. ♪ ordinary doctors emile i don't remember rate their lot ♪ >> couric: doing it means a possible sixth tony award for best actress. and for this 84-year-old class act, each... eight shows a week. >> i mean there are times when you walk in that dressing room and you think, i can't do
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this. i cannot do this. it's a curious thing. when you sit down in front of that mirror and you pick up that first piece of make-up and you start to apply it, you see how i immediately go under the eye.... >> couric: me, too. >> the first thing. suddenly you transform yourself into that person who is capable of going on stage and delivering that performance. you know. >> couric: for "a little night music" she transforms herself nightly into the elegant swedish mate remark madam arm feld. >> to the only other reality, death. >> couric: a self-aggrandizing grand dame. was it her humor and her joy of life that attracted you? >> well, certainly. i thought her history was so interesting. here was a woman who, in her youth, had been a great woman and had studied the kings of
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europe and reared this daughter played by catherine zeta jones. >> i was wondering if he would invite some people here next weekend. >> well, if they're actors they'll have to sleep in the stables. >> couric: if only she were a little more attractive. >> i know. it's a shame. so homely. we're being naughty, aren't we? snet open a new window ♪ ♪ open a new door >> couric: while industry doors have slammed shut for most actresses her age, angela lansbury is still traveling along the only highway she's ever known. >> this is the only thing that i really know how to do. i think that is the reason that i've stayed with that all my life. >> couric: the daughter of an irish actress, her father died when she was nine. her english grandfather, controversial and charismatic,
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was a major influence. he apparently is better known in england than you. >> absolutely true. he was the leader of the labor party. he was a great pacifist. he certainly was a champion of women. >> reporter: her mother sent her to drama school, first in london and then in new york. and ultimately hollywood. her first role was the flirt arbous koch knee maid in the thriller gas light. she was only 17. >> it takes me you're not at all the kind of girl that your miss stress should have for a house maid. >> no, sir. she's not the only one in the house. is she? >> couric: the director was appalled that a woman your age could pull off playing such a convincing se duct res. >> isn't that curious because you would think i had been
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around the block, as they say. i hadn't. i really hadn't. (laughing). >> couric: but being cast in roles beyond her years would become the story of her life. despite back-to-back oscar nominations for "gas light" and the picture of dorian gray, she spent her 20s and 30s hopelessly typecast. >> i am valerie's mother. i know she's there. >> couric: as everyone's mother. >> we were just talking about your party. >> what party? >> reporter: even though she was only nine years older than elvis when they made blue hawaii and only three years older than lawrence harvey when she played his manipulative mother in the cult classic "the manchurian candidate." >> i told him to build me an assassin. i wanted a kill er from a world filled with killers and they chose you. >> reporter: but her uncanny knack for playing a
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domineering dame kept lansbury from making it to leading ladies. what were some of the roles that got away? >> there was a movie called "the three musketeers" with gene kelly. you know? and lana turner. i would have liked to play the lana turner role because it was such a good part. no, i had to play the queen of france. who was an older woman. i was still very, very young at the time. >> couric: how old were you then? >> i was probably 20. >> reporter: and you're playing the older woman. >> the older queen of france. ♪ i'll be swell i'll be great ♪ > frustrated with hollywood lansbury set her sights on the stage. ♪ starting here, starting now >> couric: when she hit a trifecta of tonys for maine, dear world and gypsy, everything really was coming up roses. do you see broadway as an oasis away from the limbs that were imposed on you in
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hollywood? >> no question about it. i felt liberated the minute i came to broadway. ♪ what's your rush? >> couric: the roles kept coming and a theatrical love affair with stevenson hymn when she played nelly lovett lansbury calls the mischevious meat pie maker her favorite role of all. but the one she is perhaps most identified with is that mystery-writing amateur sleuth jessica fletcher. >> a button actually did trip up a killer. all i needed was a bobby, you know, a crime, and i was off and running. >> couric: "murder she wrote" kept on running and running and running for 12 seasons here on cbs, making it the
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longest running detective drama series in history. and making her one of pop culture's few older female role models. you have said when women get older, they become invisible. they lose their place in society. did you feel that at any point and how were you able to fight that? >> by working and doing what i do. i really only come to life, i think, when i'm working. my old modus operandi has been work and family. really those two. >> couric: a notorious home body, lansbury says she often had to be convinced to leave her life of domestic tranquility by her husband, former actor peter shaw, who was also her manager. when he died of heart failure in 2003, lansbury lost both her business and life partner of 53 years. >> it was a period of huge adjustment for me to work
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without him and not to have that back-up and have that person that you can go home and talk about it to. not having that is the worst part of losing a mate. it really is. >> couric: work has been her saving grace. as has the time she spent as a spokesperson for the a.l.s.association. >> better known as lou gehrig's disease, know this. it attacks your body.& >> reporter: a neuro logical disease that claimed the life of her sister. makes you feel good to do something that sort of touches so many people. >> well, it does. it's a way for me to pay back... >> couric: all the gifts you've been given? >> yes. we don't know how lucky we are until we lose our health and so many people are not
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prepared for that. >> couric: one thing lansbury is is not prepared for is retirement. and she still views her film career as a place of unfinished business. >> i'd really like to do one great movie before i pass along the way. ♪ here's what happened >> couric: should any casting agents be interested, you know where to find her. the place angela lansbury can always call home. until the next role comes along.... >> until that phone call comes in or that letter arrives. ( cheers and applause ) i had chronic muscle pain all over. and i was so tender to the touch-- but i didn't know why. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia. and then he recommended lyrica... fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of over-active nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain.
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it was caused largely by the greed, incompetent and duplicity of certain persons in firms on wall street. when the bubble burst in the fall of 2008, wall street was hanging by a thread. supposedly to save the country, the tax payers of the u.s. bailed out the big wall street banks on the brink of apocalypse. this was done at a cost of maybe trillions of dollars. now the country is still in a terrible recession. >> what do we want? >> jobs. >> reporter: unemployment is about 10%. millions have lost their homes to foreclosure and tens of millions live in fear of losing homes or jobs or both. but what's this? >> another big bank is in the black with j.p. morgan chase joining wells fargo and goldman sachs in booking billions in first quarter profits. >> reporter: wall street is booming insanely thanks to government policies where the fed lends money to the big banks at 25 hundredths of a
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point and our taxpayer hes borrow it back at 3.5% thanks to the easy money gushing out of the fed, easy money for the big boys not for you. wall street is planning to pay bonuses to its executives on a par with what they paid in 2007 before the crash, before the rest of america was pauperized. just one huge investment bank called goldman sachs was bailed out in many lavish ways by both the bush and obama administrations. now goldman sachs plans to pay themselves bonuses of roughly $20 billion not million but billion for the holidays. this is not a fantasy. this is really happening. surely this is not the america we're sending our children to fight and die for in iraq and afghanistan. surely, this is not the america our grandfathers and fathers fought for at normandy and iwo jima. this is some nightmare america ruled by con men in $2,000 suits. look, i love capitalism and free markets and have many friends on wall street.
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but this is just plain shameful. america, meet the new boss: same as the old boss. >> osgood: commentary from ben stein. now to bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation. good morning, bob. >> schieffer: good morning, charles. did the president really set a deadline for bringing our troops home from afghanistan? see what you think after you hear our interview with secretary of defense gates and secretary of state hillary clinton. >> osgood: thank you, bob schieffer. we'll be watching. ahead now here on sunday morning, bill geist having a ball. >> reporter: can ping-pong come out of the basement to become a hip, trendy, exciting even sexy sport? in the middle of the night, why would you go one more round using it ? you don't need a rematch-- but a re-think-- with lunesta. lunesta is different. it keys into receptors that support sleep, setting your sleep process in motion. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need.
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table tennis anyone? that's one name for the game that many of us call ping-pong. or shall we now say king pong? an acknowledgement of the new prestige this once humble sport now seems to be enjoying. bill geist has been looking into that. >> reporter: i've always played ping-pong in basements where you spend a lot of time looking for the ball under the washing machine. and that's just where we found marty reisman, ping-pong ledgeen, hustler, author and showman playing in a sub terrainian laundry room. >> i'm 79 years old. i've been playing since i'm... since i was nine years old and i'm still playing. i'm very active. i won a national championship
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at age 69. >> reporter: marty, who has been called prince of the paddle practices every day. beating all comers. be it man or machine. often in humiliating fashion. >> 1-0. >> reporter: now there's a push to bring ping-pong out of the basement and make it hip. even sexy. these days marty can be found playing at what may just be the world's first chic ping-pong club in new york. so what do you think of the place, marty? >> i think this place is absolutely fabulous. no other place like this on the planet. >> reporter: at spin you might find yourself playing alongside a celebrity like susan sarandon. actually she's one of the owners. >> has this always been your dream to have a ping-pong emporium? >> i wish i could say that was my dream. no, i never played pichk pong. and i just happened
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serendipitously to run into three guys who that was their dream. the three of them were giving parties in their loft. >> reporter: the three jonathan, frank and bill opened spin after hosting a series of wildly popular ping-pong parties in the loft. very quickly, we had more people than we knew coming over very regularly to play ping-pong and hang out. >> reporter: co-founder jonathan brickland. >> salman rushdie came to a little ping-pong party we were having. >> reporter: i didn't know that he.... >> i didn't either. and then on the other end of the spectrum we had the beasty boys. at one point susan sarandon came. a lot of her friends were passion about ping-pong. >> a huge sub culture. when i was working with george clooney turns out he's a huge ping-pong player. ed norton trained in china. nobody wants to say because it's such a geeky thing. once you bring it up, once you show people your tattoo, then everyone starts undressing. you say you play ping-pong all
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these closet ping-pong players come out. >> reporter: you can make reservations at spin. when you arrive a ping-pong hostess shows you to your ping-pong table, an olympic quality table sitting on an olympic quality floor. >> the floor is seven millimetres thick athletic surface that they use in the olympics. >> reporter: although hopefuls train here so do players who hope to get at least one shot over the net. there's a bistro and a bar. so you can even drink while you're playing. do you think drinking makes you a better ping-pong player. >> we were thinking of having a tournament where your alcohol level has to be at a certain point on a breathalyzer and then we'll see. >> reporter: they're really giving ping-pong a total makeover. we have about 15 or so coaches that are... speak different languages or different heights, different weights like completely buried in their
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appearance... varied in their appearances and in their styles. >> wally is the most interesting american ping-pong player bar none. he's the only hip hop rapping professional ping-pong player. >> i'm the infamous tennis table player. you can't beat me. i'll beat even the mayor. >> i used to laugh at ping-pong players. i mean if you want kids to play ping-pong you have to have cool people like me playing. i'm so thick. my skills so fast. if you try to test me at ping-pong, i'm going to kick your... we won't go there. >> reporter: wally makes ping-pong hip but can the game really be sexy? i do believe it can. exhibit a. su-yun trouncing all challengers in heels at a vanity fair party at spin. marty says ping-pong is a
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great way to meet chicks. there's a feeling here that if marty can be hip-- and he is-- so can ping-pong. nice slacks, marty. >> as a matter of fact, i played in an international tournament wearing those pants. they refused to let me play. >> reporter: ping-pong's hip, sexy future seems bright. >> don't ask me about the economy or any kind of political questions. i can tell you that ping-pong is the future. >> it's becoming more popular now. it's becoming the "in" kind of thing to do. >> reporter: or to put it a new way.... >> for sure, it is definitely going to blow up. my bliss?
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