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How to get ahead in show biz with no diploma
September 27, 1969
Kenosha News
Kenosha, Wisconsin

NEW YORK - Now here is youth power more potent than in show business. And it's a fact that New York is more geared for the convenience of the talented professional teenager than Hollywood. If you have a high school diploma, no problems on either Coast but, if you're 16 or under and still going for your sheepskin, you'll fare better in New York.

The reason: Child labor laws will insist that youngsters working in films or TV during daytime hours - normal school hours - must undertake at least three hours of tutoring, even on set

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Illustrious alumnae of the Professional Children's School include: Milton Berle, who started as a child star; singer-actress Leslie Uggams, who studied all through her years with Mitch Miller; Ruby Keeler, who was a kid in New York before her days as a Hollywood musical star in the 60s; opera diva Beverly Sills; concert pianist's Eugene Istobin and Lorin Hollander; ballerina Suzanne Farrell, a lead with George Ballenchine's New York Ballet.

Sandra Dee attended the school in her early acting years. And all five of the Cowsills, pop family rock group, were there last year before the household moved to the West Coast.

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