Many housewives daydream about trading roles with their favorite television star - thinking glamour and success guarantee lifelong happiness.
Disney star Roberta Shore knows differently.Twenty-five years ago when the attractive television starlet was visiting in Salt Lake City, she announced to the press that her dream of success was to marry, have 10 children "and live the rest of my life in Utah."
Roberta Jymme Schourup, who had a toehold on the "glamorous" field of show business - starring in such popular series as "The Virginian" and the "Bob Cummings Show" - still maintains there is more glamour in being a wife and mother.
"It (acting) is very hard work. It's almost like you are in a meat factory so much is expected of you," said the vivacious star of TV, singing and dancing, who now calls a plush Salt Lake condominium home. The walls, covered with faces of television and motion picture celebrities who shared the screen with Shore, reflect the actress' illustrious early career.
"An actress' hours are long. Plus you have no privacy," said the tanned, naturally pretty woman. "I was never one to be all glamorized when I would go out; I was never big into heavy make-up."
Shore remembers being told by her producer to start looking more the part of an actress. "It never failed. I could be really grungy and someone would come up and say, `Aren't you Roberta Shore?' "
Utahns, who remember the pixie-faced star of "The Shaggy Dog" and "The Annette Show," still approach Shore with the same question.
Fame hasn't eluded her.
Yet, it's been 23 years since Shore married Kent K. Christensen in the Los Angeles LDS Temple, moved to Provo to attend Brigham Young University - and went into retirement at age 21.
Cynics in Hollywood said she would be back, that once a person gets a taste of the business, it's impossible to stay away. Since age 9, when Shore sang at supermarket openings, and later at Knotts Berry Farm with country western star, Tex Williams, she had been the darling of the teen set and one of Hollywood's most popular actresses and singers. When she joined the company of NBC-TV's "The Pinky Lee Show," she displayed an all-around ability as a singer, dancer and model.
At 14, she got her first real acting job on "Fireside Theater" with Jane Wyman. That started her on a whirlwind round of television appearances, including "Playhouse 90," "Father Knows Best," "Donna Reed," "G.E. Theater" and "Ozzie and Harriet."
It was when Disney gave her first leading role in his movie "The Shaggy Dog" that she became close friends and traveling companions with the Mouseketeers. One of her responsibilities was to scream for Annette, whose voice wasn't strong enough.
A contract with Universal Studios led to her casting in "The Virginian" and the pony-tailed beauty seemed headed for a career of high promise.
Then she met Christensen, a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shore, a life-long church member, said, "Kent wanted a wife, not an actress, and that's the role I wanted."
With the 10-year role came a great deal of happiness, including two - not 10 - children. There was also some sadness - and broken dreams. The marriage ended in divorce.
Hollywood lights beckoned again. But Shore, wanting to rear her daughters in Utah, looked for work locally. It was a discouraging task for a once Hollywood star who was turned away by the local television stations. "I couldn't decide if I was overly qualified; it was really interesting," she said.
It was intermittent work in public relations and sales, and Shore's unyielding optimism, that kept the family afloat until five years ago. She married Terry Barber, a factory representative for several furniture companies, and the newlyweds began traveling five states together.
But, like success, Shore found that happiness can be fleeting. Last December Barber died of an inoperable brain tumor. That same week he had played a vigorous game of tennis.
"It was a blessing that it was fast. His biggest fear was being wheeled around in a wheelchair - not because of him, but because of me," said an emotional Shore, who once again was faced with the challenge of starting over.
Shore, who continued with the family business, met the challenge. Close friends, who call her "Jymme," say it was her "gentle, incredible courage" that has pulled her through the difficult times.
But Shore says it's been because of the love and support of these Utah friends, "who have formed a cocoon around me," that she has been able to set new career goals and rebuild.
There's no turning back to Hollywood.
"It was enjoyable. But sometimes I look back and realize I really didn't have a normal childhood," she said. "I would have loved to have gone to college, but I worked right up until the day I got married."
Like Shore, her daughters, Erin, 21, and Dana, 19, are talented women and could one day follow in their mother's footsteps.
What's a mother's advice to her children: "Get an education first and then go into it with your eyes open."