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The Way We Were

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Week of June 14-20, 1974

“Nobody deserves the kind of money I make,” a modest Jack Lemmon, 49, told PEOPLE after completing the film The Prisoner of Second Avenue. His latest movie, Inherit the Wind, aired May 29 on Showtime.

Jack Is on the Case

Private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) explored the seamy side of Southern California, untangling a web of personal and political scandals, in Chinatown, which opened June 20. The film noir classic, directed by Roman Polanski, won an Academy Award for screenwriter Robert Towne, who gave movie buffs the line “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

Up, Up and Away

It may have looked like a praying mantis, but Concorde boosters hoped a June 17 round-trip Boston-to-Paris flight—in less than seven hours—would boost the jet’s future. Today, costs limit it to one New York-Paris and two New York-London runs a day.

Courting Fame

Chris Evert, 19, took her first French Open June 16, defeating the Soviet Union’s Olga Morozova. “There is no way to fault Miss Everts performance,” The New York Times reported. “It was star quality.” Evert won a total of 18 Grand Slam singles titles before retiring in 1989. Today, married to Olympic skier Andy Mill and a mother of three, she plays tennis on the Virginia Slims Legends tour.


Rose Kennedy was 84 when her memoir Times to Remember topped the bestseller list this week. The political matriarch wrote that she coped with the death of four of her nine children by focusing on “the living still to work for.” Kennedy died at age 104 in ’95.