LUST CRUSADE OF INDIANA JONES
HE'S THE cliffhanging crusader who can stare danger in the eye until danger blinks. Whatever happens, Indiana Jones hangs on to his hat. Harrison Ford has patented the role, but no actress has survived the adventure trilogy.
Indiana's Jones has changed from film to film. Dark-Haired Marion, played by Karen Allen, was hard-drinking and Hard-hutting . She was as much a threat to the Nazis as Indiana himself in Raiders of tho Lost Ark. Then in Temple of Doom along come Willie, the blonde Shanghai nightclub singer played by Kate Capshaw as a squeamish marshmallow of a character with no taste for chilled monkey brains.
Dublin-born Alison Doody, 24, is the third — and if you can believe anything in Hollywood — the last of Indy's love interests.
Just a few hours after arriving on the sat of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Alison found herself swimming in a sewer filled with 6,000 Steven Spielberg-created rats.
But she took it all in her stide for she seems to have been able to shoot up the Hollywood ladder of success without a care — and still can't believe she's one of the stars of this year's hottest new movie.
Alison whose cool, blonde looks aren't typical of on Irish colleen,burst on to the scene after as apart of Grace Jones gun-toting assistant in the Bond film A View To A Kill. Then came a starring role opposite Mickey Rourke as an IRA killer In A Prayer For the Dying, and finally the Indy role with Ford and Sean Connery. Alison is still blase about her career, perhaps because she never really wanted to be an actress, or a model.
Six years ago when a photographer approached her in a Dublin coffee bar, she told him: "I'm not interested. I'm going to art college." She changed her
mind after her mother encouraged her to give ir a try." It was all a joke, really. Just a game," says Alison.
Two years and several commericals later, the same photographer recommended Alison to a London talent agency and soon afterwords she was
offered the part of Jenny Flex in the Bond film.She laughs to think she got the first big break as a Bond bit-part girl courtesy of a company which makes mayonnaise.
That's how producers of A View to a Kill spotted her. "I was invited to go for a part simply because they wanted an Irish girl," recalls the former convent school pupil. "I was thinking -if it's Bond they'll want me in a bikini and there's
no way I'm agreeing to that!'" As it happened, all she had to bare was her knees.
After filming a Bond sequence In London's West End, Alison enjoyed the heady
excitement of a night out in the capital so much she decided to stay.
With what she now describes as a touch of Irish madness, she rented a tiny room in a redlight district of King's Cross and started to search for more work.
Her parents — father Patrick is a property investor and mother Joan is a bueatian — would have been horrified.
Alison, whose vowels now sound more Home Counties than Dublin, has since moved to the more salubrious district of Chelsea. Like all good convent girls,
Alison isn't into gratuitous nudity. She has turned down dozens of scripts inviting her to play naked love scenes, and fought shy of being to tagged a sex symbol.
However, she gets to bed both Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in the new Indiana Jones epic. Last Crusade producer Robert Watts was full of praise for
Alison's portrayal of scheming art historian Dr Elsa Schnelder.
"I like the look and feel she brings to tho role," he said. "And she bore up remarkably well to the rat scene. Elsa's character very self-assured and strong willed —just like Indy. She takes no nonsemse, She's quite a tough lady. Alison was perfect for the part."
Alison had a great time flirting with Harrison Ford on the set. "Harrison was great. He used to make kissing sounds and say "I'm ready". And Sean would
walk around the set singing "Alison Doo-dy, Doo-dy,
Doo-dy". They wore a lot of fun."
"I loved the part. It was another baddie role and I was delighted. I admire the way the character manipulates. She uses Indy and she uses his
father." Away from the big screen Alison prefers visiting art golleries and painting in oils to nightclubbing. Her regular boyfriend
is National Theatre actor Mark Crowdy, 20.
She met him earlier on a trip to Egypt to film an advertisement for a bonk. On the plane they discovered they'd both been hired for the same job, "It's great having a boyfriend who's in the same business," says Alison. "He knows the
problems and the inacuracies and we both know my career could come to nothing.''
Because of that, Alison doesn't take her career too seriously. "This business makes me laugh," she said. "Everyone thinks it's so brilliant. It's demanding and you have to be patient and it can let you down, "
If I keep it as a Job I 'm going to focus on the work, not the lifestyle. Right now it's treat to have all the attention, People want to see you, but how long
can that last? Acting isn't everything after all. You've got to live and enjoy yourself".
That's what she's actually dolng at the moment as she decides what to do next.
CHARLES WHIPS IN WITH BEAUTY
Prince Charles took a stepback to his daredevil youth when he attended the premiere of Indiana's latest adventure last night .
And he was given the w h i p hand at the glittering occasion in the Empire . Leicester Square — literally. After the showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade he met the film's beautiful blonde star Alison Doody and producer
And Miss Doody present him him with Indy's best friend — the whip that always gets him out of trouble. Like Indiana, the Prince had the benefit of a
beauty at his side in theshape of Queen Noor, the American - born wife of
King ; Hussein of Jordan.
The premiere, in support of the Prince's Trust and the Ghurka Regimental Museum also attracted boxer Frank Bruno, chat show host Terry Wogan. Comedians Hale and Pace, Alexis Sale and real life heroes from the Ghurka Brigade, The beautiful brunette Sharon Maugham, queen of the coffee adverts, was also there.
The third adventure in the Indiana Jones series featuring the Intrepid archaealoglist (Harrison Ford) in 1938, rescuing his father Sean Connery from a lot of nasty Nazis.
The pair seek out the Holy Grail to gether, having lots of adventures on the way with the likes Miss Doody and a rescally Julian Glover.