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URICHS TO PERFORM `LOVE LETTERS' AS BENEFIT

A.R. Gurney's bittersweet play about Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner and their by-the-letters relationship is being presented Jan. 7-8, as a fund-raiser for Park City Performances and the "Save Our Stage" Foundation.

The two performance of Gurney's "Love Letters" will star real-life husband and wife Robert Urich and Heather Menzies Urich, who reside in Deer Valley.During an interview last week with Heather Urich, the actress-turned-housewife noted that Robert has done the show a few times, including once with Teri Garr, and she has seen several performances of the play (including one which teamed her former TV co-star Gregory Harrison and Polly Draper), but next weekend marks the first time she and Robert have performed it together.

"It's amazing how (Gurney's) concept works . . . just two people sitting there, reading letters. Every time I've seen it it's like seeing it for the first time," she said.

Heather and Robert first met while filming a commercial for Libby's Corned Beef Hash.

Really romantic, right?

Well, yes it was. The characters they portrayed in the commercial were getting married and Heather got to wear a wedding dress. A year and a half later the Urichs walked down the aisle for real.

They've done some stage and television work together, including a production of "The Hasty Heart" in Florida and Washington, D.C., and the two recently celebrated their 18th anniversary.

Her biggest big-screen role was that of 14-year-old Luisa von Trapp in "The Sound of Music," one of two movies Menzies appeared in with Julie Andrews.

For the first, Menzies and the rest of the cast and crew spent several weeks in Austria, which was an education in itself for the youngsters, but for "Hawaii," Menzies' character never made it further than New England.

" `The Sound of Music' is still one of the best experiences of my life. It was just a blast and all seven of us are still very good friends.,"

She received her early theatrical training with the Hollywood Children's Players, who did monthly performances in a Santa Monica Park where - today - few people in their right minds would dare venture, even in broad daylight.

These days, however, Menzies is content to have her acting career on the back burner and raise the Urichs' two teenagers far from the turmoil of Los Angeles.

"It's the first time they've gone to a public school and they enjoy not having to wear uniforms," said Menzies, who's also pleased that the're enjoying activities outside of the entertainment business.

"Love Letters" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8, in the Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park City. Admission to the Friday performance is $50 per person and will include a champagne and dessert reception hosted by Cafe Terigo at the Kimball Art Center. Admission on Saturday is $35 each. All proceeds from both performances will benefit Park City Performances and renovation of the Egyptian Theatre. Call 649-9371 for reservations.