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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations good morning. charles osgood is off today. i'm lee cowan and this is sunday morning. for the people of britain, today is a day truly fit for a queen. preparations have been underway in london all morning for the launch of a flotilla of more than a thousand boats, the the first of which will carry queen elizabeth down the river thames in honor of her 60th year on
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the throne. nearly everyone agrees she's been the very definition of a queen, successfully carrying out a job that has no real definition at all. as mark phillips will report in our cover story. >> reporter: the trumpets have blown their fanfares, the guilded coaches have rolled, and we've seen that wave for 60 years. >> still doing the wave. still doing the screwing in the light bulb motion. >> reporter: a four-day long diamond jubilee party has begun. what is it about her now that makes her so popular? >> whatever the job is, she's done it very well. >> reporter: the diamond queen ahead on sunday morning. >> when it comes to special occasions like the diamond jubilee, somebody has to keep the queen in stitches. not a court jester though we're talking about as martha teichner will show us. >> reporter: sworn to absolute secrecy, the royal school of needle work spent three months
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applying lace to the dress kate middleton wore when she wore the dress last april. now the school is hard at work on a commission for the queen's jubilee. >> you can see it's encrusted in gold. >> reporter: british royalty all the way back to king henry the 8th have had a taste for sump use sewing. we'll have you in stitches later this sunday morning, london's royal school of needle work. >> jane fonda hails from what you might call acting royalty yet despite her family background and her undeniable talent she's often suffered from self-doubt and insecurity. she openly discussed it during our recent visit. >> reporter: jane fonda has spent her life in the spotlight but for all those years, she says, she rarely felt like a star. >> despite all your success you didn't have the self-confidence.
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>> yeah. you can have all the success in the world but the confidence has to come from inside. >> reporter: do you like it up here? >> what's not to like? reporter: but now at 74, jane fonda says she's found herself again. our conversation about what she calls her third act later. the expression painting the town takes on a new meaning in the place that steve hartman will be taking us to. >> why don't you paint it white. reporter: paint is, by its very nature, superficial. but not the way jim cotter applies it. >> it's just amazing what a little bit of paint will do. it changes people's hearts. >> reporter: when he set out to paint the town of glouster, ohio, it made a profound difference. >> we're getting something out of it because it makes us feel better about our town. >> reporter: amazing how this thing has spread. >> it's going like crazy. reporter: enjoy a brush with greatness later on sunday morning. >> anthony mason takes the
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measure of the tailors along loaned's famed row. mo rocca goes back stage at broadway's porgy and bess revival. michelle miller dazzles us with diamonds and more. first here are the headlines for this sunday morning the third of june 2012. george zimmerman is due to return to jail in florida later today. he was freed on bail three days after he was charged with killing trayvon martin. but on friday a judge ruled zimmerman misled the court about his finances. and ordered him back behind bars within 48 hours. the leader of syria insists that foreign extremists are behind the uprising in his country. president bashir al assad told the parliament that the syrian government is dealing with the war against terrorists not a popular uprising. in egypt mass demonstrations followedded yesterday's conviction of mubarak. thousands of protestors gathered in the square after the former president was sentenced to life in prison. it wasn't enough though for some opponents. wanted mubarak put to death.
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british and other nato forces yesterday rescued four hostages from a cave in afghanistan where they were being held by militant to the taliban. british aid worker helen johnston was abducted along with a kenyan aid worker and two afghan colleagues. a bank robber in sub urban chicago managed to keep police at bay for more than 12 hours after attempting to escape through the ceiling. the stand-up ended early this morning from a swat team stormed the building. they found the armed man still stuck inside an air duct. now to chicago conference today doctors will hear about a treatment tested on 1,000 women that shows promise against breast cancer. it involves the use of a combination of drugs that serve as a sort of spatter bomb killing cancer cells but not the healthy ones. catherine houston, a veteran character actress who played the nosey karen mccloskey on abc's desperate housewives has died in los angeles. she also played the president's secretary on the west wing. she was 72 and had had a long
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battle with lung cancer. he's used to being overshadowed by the president but yesterday vice president joe biden was playing second fiddle to his daughter. ashley biden marrieded dr. howard klein in a private ceremony in delaware. here's today's weather. it will be warm around most of the country with a long line of storms creeping over the plains. the week ahead should be cooler and rainier with the sunny southwest being the glaring exception in that forecast. coming up, elizabeth ii's first 60 years. and later,
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>> it's an historic site that's fit for a queen. some are calling the pageant the biggest gathering along the banks of the river thames in 350 years. queen elizabeth is the pageant's honoree and the subject of this morning's cover story reported by mark phillips. >> reporter: it's a royal story. cue the trumpets. (trumpets blaring ). it's hard not to start a story about queen elizabeth without a fanfare. let's face it. after 60 years of the same monarch and the same ceremonies, it does all start to look a bit familiar.
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yet familiarity is a large part of what queens are about especially ones who have been around this long. >> prime ministers may come and go. princesses may come and go. but she is there. >> reporter: rachael johnson is the society magazine editor. >> she represents just being there for 60 years, not changing. still doing the wave. still doing the screwing in the light bulb motion. just doing the same thing year in year out taking the bouquet from the little girl in bobby socks, wearing the hat. wearing those square heeled shoes. this has given us all an incredible sense of reassurance in these turbulent times. >> reporter: so how do you celebrate a milestone of this significance? yet another royal carriage procession just won't do. the answer lay in an old painting. the thames on lord mayor's day dating from, it says, before
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1752. a grand tabloid of a royal river pageant organized for the then king george ii. and evocative image ticking all the myth logical boxes of british maritime power. elizabeth ii, too, could become the queen who launched a thousand ships. why the river pageant? what's so important about the river and queens? >> you know, it's largely inventedded. >> reporter: historian david starky consulted on the river's royal past. >> i think it's the kind of throw-back sense to, well, the great glory days, elizabethan bucaneers, the glory days of the british navy. there's also the queen's sentimental longing. >> reporter: so from the great rivers and the back waters of the realm, boats are on the move
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to join the queen in the diamond jubilee royal river pageant. this one has a history of service as a navy tender going back to the 1890s. >> 1940s, sunk in 1942 at dunkirk. >> reporter: and happily refloated. it's now owned by paul woodhead who goes back a long way with the queen as well. he was there for the coronation. >> i sang in that westminster abbey. >> reporter: you were the choir boy. >> i was a choir boy. fortunate again. but then born under a lucky star, as always. ♪ yes, i was there at the beginning. i was very small. sort of very focused and apprehensive. i was there looking down. my goodness. what an occasion. and then here and now, she'll be up front on a boat somewhere and i'll be behind with all my flags
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flying. >> reporter: really couldn't have do it without you, could she? >> well, probably not. ♪ >> reporter: a lot of people feel that way. that the queen has been part of their lives, that she's not just a ceremonial head of state, not just a living link with britain's past glory, but that she is the embodiment of the british carry-on-regardless spirit. >> i mean now at this jubilee celebration, i really feel that the country is actually recognizing the amazing job she's done. >> i think that the general sense is that she's done the job well. no one is quite sure what the job is. but whatever the job is, she's done it very well. what is a very english characteristic is regard for people who stick at something that they don't necessarily like very much. curiously enough, the queen
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doesn't really like ceremony. she's already expressed cautiously and unwisely doubts about that whole boat thing, if we may quote it. but she's stuck at it. she's done it. and that wonderful english word, a game makes a lady going through all this kind of thing is rather heartwarming. that i think goes a long way. >> reporter: it's gone a long way for a long time. it was 55 years ago that the queen first embraced tv as a way of reaching out to her people. >> it's inevitable that i should seem a rather remote figure to many of you. a successor to the queens and kings of history, someone whose face may be familiar in newspapers and films but who never really touches your
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personal lives. >> reporter: with the help of tv, she's probably the most well known woman in the world. a person whose voyage through life has mirrored our own. becoming a mother and a grandmother. enjoying the highs, living through the lows. none lower than the death of princess diana when the royal family was too slow to tune in to the national sense of loss. rachael johnson. >> there was a sense that they didn't mind. they didn't care. they weren't grief struck like the rest of the nation who laid their wreaths... there was a sea of bouquets. >> reporter: diana's children and the person one of them chose to marry though have helped relaunch the royal brand. more and more they're carrying the royal mail. recent opinion polls show the queen is now more popular than she's ever been. >> now we see these model-type
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royals who look fantastic. i mean rail thin hollywood types who are turning into the biggest celebrities in the world. that is inevitably having a sprinkling of fairy dust over the whole. all of them. >> reporter: was that deliberate? >> well, what did freud say? there's no such thing as an accident. sure, they must have realized that these are attractive, engaging young people that everyone can relate to. i mean harry is funny. he's a card. kate middleton is straightforwardly nice and fantastically glamorous. prince william is going to be king. what's not to like? >> reporter: there are a few voices in the wilderness wondering how a hereditary monarchy fits into a modern world. greg jenner is a historian and writer. >> i think the monarchy in some regards feels pretty sort of alien to modern britain. obviously the queen has a very
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high approval rating. if you took the analogy of a house. the monarchy feels like a room that doesn't really fit in with the rest of the decore. the lime green, chintzy wallpaper. i think the rest of modern britain has been updated. i think it's time that we look at the monarchy and say, okay. >> reporter: or redecorate anyway. >> it's being grudgingly redecorated. you could argue that. >> reporter: no one is arguing though that the queen doesn't serve a function. ceremonial, constitutional, a figure head above the fray, the people's monarch. >> in the end she's just an excuse for a party. >> she is an excuse for a party. wouldn't so many heads of state including president obama like that, that if you enter into people's hearts, however crudely, however simply, that i think is rather a good thing.
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it's true of very few world leaders. >> next, just the facts. test test
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>> it was wednesday, april 17. it was warm in los angeles. we were working the night watch out of homicide detail. >> now a page from our sunday morning almanac. june 3, 1949.
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63 years ago today, the day radio listeners first heard this. >> ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. >> reporter: it was a premiere of dragnet, a police show that had its tv series debut in 1952. >> los angeles california. i work here. i'm a cop. >> reporter: heralded by its unforgettable opening theme, dragnet told crime stories drawn from the files of the los angeles police department. producer and star jack webb played the role of joe friday, a detective with badge number 714 and an abrupt speaking style that wasted no words. >> i don't know too much about it, sergeant, but i've got a hunch. i don't think i made a mistake. what do you ti? >> no, sir, it's no mistake. marijuana. >> reporter: dragnet was a hit
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landing jack webb on the cover of time in 1954. the show ended its original tv run in 1959 but returned in 1967 for four more seasons. this time in color. with harry morgan as jack webb's partner in crime fighting. >> do you have to do that? what? make all that noise. what noise? all i'm doing is thinking, joe. just sitting here thinking. >> either you or that chair could use a little oil. >> reporter: though jack webb died in 1982, dragnet returnd >> reporter: though jack webb died in 1982, dragnet returnd yet again. in 1987. this time as a movie. >> i don't care what undercover rock you crawled out from, there's a dress code. >> reporter: with dan akroyd as joe friday's uptight nephew and name sakes and tom hanks as his side kick. >> dedicated men and women of the los angeles police department comprise one big family from my brother the traffic cop to my sister the meter maid.
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>> reporter: all kidding aside, the original dragnet with its attention to accuracy and detail was a model for all the tv police shows that followed. to this day, the los angeles police museum is proud to display jack webb's badge. number 714. ahead, just so. [ male announcer ] this is corporate caterers, miami, florida. in here, great food demands a great presentation. so at&t showed corporate caterers how to better collaborate by using a mobile solution, in a whole new way. using real-time photo sharing abilities, they can create and maintain high standards, from kitchen to table. this technology allows us to collaborate with our drivers to make a better experience for our customers.
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a flotilla down the river thames this morning. an elite institution is keeping the queen regally attired, in stitches. par that teichner tells us it served a bigger than life royal predecessor. >> reporter: if clothes make the man, consider henry the 8th. >> this is the famous image of him after holbein. he's encrusted in gold. >> reporter: and jewels. in henry's day you wore your wealth. it was embroiderd on to your doublelet if you were king by law the only man in england allowed to wear this much finery. imagine him here at hampton court palace. >> he loads of palaces, 60, in fact. he moved between them. >> reporter: lucy is chief curator for england's historic
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royal palaces. >> he would look forward to coming here. this is the place that he came for hunting, holidays and honeymoons. it was a pleasure palace. >> reporter: southwest of london along the river thames, hampton court is where henry the 8th plotted his divorces and multiple remarriages and where, according to a letter written at the time, he himself -- yes, henry the 8th -- may have taken up embroidery. >> the way it is written you could read it as though he was actually doing the embroidery. >> reporter: a bizarre piece of trivia? not for susan kay williams. >> this is a piece that needed a lot of tlc. >> reporter: she runs the royal school of needle work which just happens to be located at hampton court palace and specializes in hand embroidery. >> here we have a very splendid piece. this is a carpenter's coat.
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>> reporter: a walk through its work rooms will make it instantly clear why in the 21st century, there's a need for such a school, considered the best in the world. >> this is a really striking example of embroidery as art. >> reporter: at every table, textile treasures. >> here we have what's known as naturalistic shading because it goes around the corner. >> reporter: silk shading is like painting with thread. there are dozens of different stitches. >> stem stitch. sat institch. french knots. black work just uses black thread. you get the shading from the thickness of the black thread that you use. >> reporter: by the mid 19th century, thanks to changing fashion and mechanization, these techniques were being lost. so in 1872 lady victoria we willby opened the school with two goals in mind. >> one was in order to keep
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hampton embroidery alive. the other was to provide working opportunities for ladies that would otherwise be destitute. >> reporter: once they were trained, the women could make a living producing embroidery. the school sold their work in its own show rooms and took on private commissions. queen victoria agreed to be the school's patron. her daughter princess helena president which is how "royal" was added to its name. >> this is the building that was opened in 1875. here we can see princess helena in her carriage. this is the place to be seen. >> reporter: she is the historian. >> this is the queen mother here. in the very earlier stage in her life. >> reporter: she arrangedded the move to hampton court palace. >> so this would have been for the coronation of her husband george the 6th. >> reporter: the royal school of needle work embroidered the robes she work when he was crowned in 1937.
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and the robe her daughter queen elizabeth, the current patron, wore in 1953. this is a sample of the embroidery, made with 18 different kinds of gold thread. >> the embroiderers were not allowed home because no one was to know what the design was. >> reporter: how long did it take? >> three months. reporter: but working on the next coronation robe is not every student's dream project. >> i've been sewing skulls and things like that. >> reporter: not your typical. when this woman enrolled her friends asked... >> most of us are quite young. we're not 80. >> reporter: students are all ages and come from all over the world. with and without career aspirations. >> twist around the needle. reporter: the school offers everything from day classes to a
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three-year degree course. >> leave a little loop. come up inside that loop with a needle. >> reporter: and yes, there are men in the school. >> could you also work that with color. >> reporter: in henry the 8th time professional embroiderers were all men. >> those who god has joined together, let no man put asunder. >> reporter: moments after kate middleton married prince william last april, it was revealed that, sure enough, the royal school of needle work was responsible for the elaborate lace applique on kate's dress, veil and train. of course, the school is working on something special for the queen's diamond jubilee, but what exactly? that's still a secret. ♪ i love you pouringy
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>> coming up, an encore for porgy and bess. and later, jane fonda. >> when we get older, we need a little bit... >> cowan: this is what 74 looks like.
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♪ the thing that you like to read in the bible ♪
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♪ it ain't necessarily so >> cowan: that's aretha franklin singing "it ain't necessarily so." just one of the enduring songs from the george gerrish... gershwin opera porgy and bess. now it is back on broadway and nominated for plenty of honors at next sunday's tony awards here on cbs. mo rocca has saved us some of the best seats in the house. >> reporter: el l.a. fitzgerald sang it. so did janis joplin. billy stewart made it a top ten hit in 1966. ♪ >> reporter: and fantasia was crowned an american idol with it. summertime is one of the most recorded songs in american
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history. you may not know that it comes from an opera, an american opera, porgy and bess, with music by george gershwin. it's the story of scar-crossed lovers living on charleston's catfish row. pouringy, an innocent beggar and cripple, and bess, a drug addict and prostitute. >> bess is a woman who has to survive. if you have no trade, you have no husband, you have nothing and you have no self worth, so she goes from man to man. >> reporter: four-time tony award winner audra macdonald stars as bess.
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♪ i'm waiting for nothing and nothing is waiting for me ♪ >> reporter: norm lewis is her pouringy. ♪ i got my song ♪ got him the whole day long >> reporter: boykin is bess' abusive lover. as the hustler david alan greer. greer based his strut on the hustlers he saw growing up in detroit. >> it was like an urban ballet. when you saw these guys with the hat tipped all the way and they would do this stroll that took up as much space as they possibly could to let everyone know who and what they were. >> reporter: with his so-called folk opera, gershwin hoped to create, in his words, something that would appeal to the many rather than the cultured few.
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>> george gershwin usually received mixed reviews for his work. >> reporter: is that right? oh, yes. it's hard to believe today. but that's true. >> reporter: robert kimball is an expert on porgy and bess. >> he was not clearly of the musical theater world or clearly of the symphonic classical world. so it bothered people that he seemed to not observe the boundaries that people thought were traditional. >> when you think that this was george gershwin's first opera, when you think what is mozart's first opera, most people can't name it. here is george gershwin out of the gate composing his first opera. >> reporter: batting 1.000. diane paulis is the show's
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director. >> this is everything i dream of. great music. great story. great character. great passion. i was thinking, why is this in the opera house? probably when i saw it, why isn't this work considered great musical theater? >> reporter: her revival is streamlined, two-and-a-half hours instead of the usual four with the script rewritten making it less like an opera, more like amuseical. that's one reason that before it even opened, stephen sondheim, widely considered the greatest living writer of musical theater, blasted the creative team in a letter to the "new york times" accusing them of disdain for the opera. when stephen sondheim wrote that letter, did it feel like moses coming down and smashing the tablets? >> no. it just felt like someone who had a very strong opinion about
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something that they didn't know of. >> i actually was giddy about it. people are supposed to be so passionate about theater that they're writing letters, they're arguing and people are going back and forth. >> reporter: if controversy hadn't eruptedded, well, it wouldn't be porgy and bess. the version that opened in 1935 was riddled with racial he threats including the n-word which was later removed. still it was an important vehicle for black performers. >> this piece is radical in 1935. i mean, al joelson wanted to play pouringy and it was george gershwin who said no. this is a piece for african-americans. >> reporter: and the show itself became a vehicle for change in 1936 the cast refused to play washington's national theater until the theater allowd blacks to sit with whites in the audience.
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by the 1950s porgy and bess had become an american cultural export touring europe. but over time, the show's portrayal of african-americans had come to seem patronizing. >> it was radical in its time but the world has changed in the past 76 years. ♪ i love you pouringy. ♪ >> reporter: in this revival, the characters are less caricatured. >> our argument was that it was not fully developed. as african-americans we felt like we should be able to represent ourselves or our history in the way that we know it. >> reporter: this time bess bears a nasty scar, something mcdonald took from the novel the opera is based on. >> the make-up artist does a great job. it's sort of like oh, my god
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audra macdonald has been injured. >> people afterwards are like, oh, thank god. that thing is off. yeah, it was very important. >> reporter: no one knows how george gershwin would have viewed changes to his master piece. he died when he was only 38, less than two years after he wrote porgy and bess. ♪ >> reporter: whatever the controversy may be, we all keep coming back to the show because of the music. >> the music. there's nothing like it. ♪
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wisconsin now, and people here are pretty worked up about it. congresswoman gwen moore sure is >> scott walker, you've got to go, baby. >> reporter: but the other side is just as excited. ♪ you must not turn a blind eye to this recall ♪ >> reporter: conservative idealist or right wing ideal-ogue, governor scott walker is the man at the center of a bitter fight that has cleaved wisconsin like a block of its best cheddar cheese. christine christy gathered signatures for the recall petition. >> this is bigger than wisconsin. if they can get away with this here, they can get away with this anywhere. >> reporter: amy kramer is a at a party supporter of the governor. >> it's about doing what is is best for all citizens in wisconsin. >> reporter: walker and his republican allies in the legislature started the fight when they pass a law stripping
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collective bargaining rights for all government workers with the exception of police and firefighters. it was something he promised he would do, and he did it. >> it's ultimately about whether or not we want politicians to act on tough decisions. i've heard for years from democrat and republican voters alike that people complain that politicians get into office and they don't take on the tough issues. that's exactly what we did. >> reporter: critics argue that he did much more than that. cutting funds for education and planning to do the same for medicaid. reducing taxes for businesses which then gave him generous campaign donations. his money-raising prowess has taken him well outside wisconsin to where rich conservative donors have provided him a campaign warchest that dwarfs that of his opponent milwaukee mayor tom barrett. >> those people have an agenda that is not a wisconsin agenda. it's not about the people in
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milwaukee or green bay or apple ton. it's about the tea party movement and what he can do to make this the tea party capital of the country. >> who has the best record of dealing on the budget crisis? tom barrett. >> reporter: the fight has drawn a former democratic president to barrett's side as well as republican governors including south carolina's nicky haley to stand with walker. >> now it's time for us to work with him. >> reporter: both parties see wisconsin as a political weathervane. walker loses on tuesday and the democrats can relax. walker wins, and the republicans see a state president obama could lose. ♪
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just because all eyes are on the queen and her finery, don't think the men of the royal family neglect their wardrobes. they go to the same place that all well dressed men from all over the world go. the street that our anthony mason is about to walk us down. >> in the world of men's tailoring, this is mecca. the quiet london street called savile row. >> take me to my tailor. reporter: in the 1969 film the italian job, michael kane suits up on savile row. james bond's daniel craig, and david bowie, fred astaire and cary grant have all benefited here. the royal family have their military uniforms made on savile row, and yes, michael jackson had some of his tailored here too. just a block long, it looks much like any other street in london. but look below in the basements
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of savile row's storied firm where hundreds of tailors, sewers and cutters practice the art that has defined this street for more than two-and-a-half centuries. the british call it the spoke. just don't call it fashion. >> we're making the best spoke garments, custom-made garments to the specifications of the customer. >> reporter: right. and... reporter: so fashion is irrelevant. >> it is really, yes. reporter: angus is often called the godfather of savile row. you were literally first on the block. >> absolutely. reporter: he heads henry poole and company, the first tailor to set up shop here back in the 1840s. if i wanted a suit, roughly what will it cost me? >> oh, dear. well, 3,000 pounds. >> reporter: oh, dear is right. that's nearly $5,000 which is why you won't see your reporter
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in this story being fitted for a new suit. that's a significant investment. >> oh, indeed, yes. but then i hope that the suit will last many years and give you a lot of pleasure and be very comfortable. >> reporter: where are we going here? >> we're going to the archive room just around here. >> reporter: so just who's buying these hand-made suits? the proprietors of savile row are famously discreet. they won't discuss their customers. this is where you keep all the old records. at least not until they're dead. >> we have 120 books like that dating from 1846. >> reporter: in those dusty account books, you'll find orders for charles dickens, buffalo bill cody, and queen victoria's son the prince of wales who became king edward ii. >> he got very big. reporter: yes, he did. which was probably good for his tailor.
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>> reporter: this is a full suit? >> yes, indeed. we made this in 1936. >> reporter: for winston churchill, of course. >> he ordered profusely right up until 1929. and then there was the wall street crash. i fear that he lost a lot of money. he ordered... his orders went down and down. in fact, the orders he did give us, he didn't pay for them. >> reporter: queen elizabeth has been a more reliable customer. poole and company has the prestigious royal warrant to make the uniforms for the walking grooms who escort the queen's gold state coach. >> we need 35 yards of gold lace on here. >> reporter: keith levitt will spend four weeks sewing each uniform by hand. >> they're being made in much the same way that they were
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130-odd years ago. 14 stitches to the inch. all the old lace in place. the lay, of course, is two .5% gold. >> reporter: but some things here have changed. down at number one savile row at yves and hawks catherine sergeant recently became the first female head cutter in the street's history. that means you're really good with these. these are very big scissors. >> is this what you really work with? >> yeah, that's right. reporter: prince charles held those same shears on a recent visit. his naval uniforms are made here. >> did he come around and say you better get this one right? >> all the time. there's always pressure. >> reporter: it can all seem very old fashioned. italian designer armani called savile row a bad british comedy lost in the past. but in the '90s new blood like
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richard james brightened up the streets. when you opened here, you kind of shook things up. you opened on saturdays. >> yep. shocking. >> reporter: james and business partner sean dickson also lured a younger clientele. >> very nice customer. hassen for a long time. >> reporter: hugh grant? yeah. he's been a very good customer. >> reporter: pierce brosnan. and despite the recession, james says, they're barely keeping up with demand. people have tried to write the obituary of savile row more than a few times. will there be one? >> we're still here. aren't we. >> reporter: back at henry poole, angus is doing a great business with the winston churchill fabric which he recently rediscovered. >> we've already made 120... reporter: ... suits with this fabric? wow. >> yeah. and a lot in america. >> reporter: and remember that's
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$5,000 apiece. in fact, americans account for 40% of his business. do you feel like you still lead the world? >> i like to think we do, yes. yes! (laughing ). at least in clothing. >> reporter: fashions come and go. savile row never goes out of style. >> cowan: coming up, a gem of a story.
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the diamond jubilee royal river pageant in honor of queen elizabeth is now setting sail. the queen, as you can see, is not wearing one of her crowns for this occasion. she actually has several of them to choose from.
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this one is the imperial state crown, adorned with nearly 3,000 diamonds. of course they say diamonds are a girl's best friend. michelle miller has proof. >> reporter: the queen's diamond jubilee. the perfect time to consider diamonds, symbols of wealth and power, like the diamond that crown's queen elizabeth's royal head and symbols of glamor like the jaw-dropping diamond that other elizabeth wore so strikingly. the diamonds most of us will wear are more modest than the ones worn by either of those famous elizabeths. many of them you may be surprised to learn are purchased these days at big chains. do you find the soccer mom walking by for her groceries stopping, looking? >> yes, they do.
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all the time. >> reporter: and not just tiny diamonds. this woman says costco sold 100,000 karats last year alone. >> i have this beautiful $204,000 ring right over there. >> reporter: i was looking at that. that's right. a diamond worth $204,999.99 at costco. >> that has your name written all over it. >> honey, i'm home. reporter: still 90% of all diamonds that come into this country pass through here. 47th street in new york city. a place that hasn't changed very much over the years. >> it really is a hidden world. reporter: this woman grew up in a family of diamond dealers and wrote about it. >> the diamond district in new york is really the perfect emblem of both secrecy but also beauty. >> reporter: it is here that truly rare diamonds, like this
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120-karat blue diamond are bought and sold. >> a lot of people didn't believe it existed. it really was not known. yet it exists. it's real. it's here. >> reporter: this man, who asked us to conceal his identity for security reasons, is one of the owners of this amazing stone, which is nearly three times the size of the legendary hope diamond. that's its carying case? >> a simple case. reporter: for a special diamond. >> a special parcel. reporter: this doesn't even look real. as beautiful as it is, the owners believe they can make it even more beautiful and more valuable by recutting it. diamond cutting is a process that is also usually hidden from view, but we were allowed in to see. >> this is a diagram the way the stone looks like.
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>> reporter: this diamond cutter known on 47th street as the best there is was brought in for the job. he too doesn't want his identity known. >> that is too flat. so i have to lift it 33 degrees. >> reporter: readjusting the angles ever so slightly so that the light will reflect more perfectly and its blue color will deepen. recutting will increase this diamond's value by millions of dollars. but the dangers are terrifying. >> the diamond can explode on a wheel. if you are one millimetre off the grain and you hit an imperfection or a place that would render it vulnerable, you can literally destroy millions of dollars in one second. >> it's like going on the table with a surgeon. anything can happen, right? >> i don't want to think about it. >> reporter: when the cutting is finished, this diamond, like most diamonds sold in this
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country, is brought to the gemlogical institute of america to be examined and graded for cut, clarity, karat weight and color. >> we approach every diamond objectively. >> reporter: john king has been grading diamonds here for 30 years. how rare is a 117karat blue diamond? >> extremely rare. i have not seen one like this. >> reporter: ever? ever. reporter: the recutting was successful. now it will be sold. what do you hope to sell it for? >> i'm not going to talk numbers. >> reporter: no? no. reporter: clearly over $50 million? >> it's a lot of money. it will have a lot of zeros. >> reporter: i think it looks perfect on my finger. just perfect.
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>> cowan: next. i didn't think i would live past 30. >> cowan: a visit with jane fonda. and later a brush with grace. >> we can do something about that. we'll paint it. >> the whole town? . now, there's gentle, dependable constipation relief for me... and me and me. new dulcolax laxative tablets for women are comfort-coated... so they're gentle on sensitive stomachs. new dulcolax laxative for women the overnight relief you're looking for.
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have been mad at each other for so long. >> i didn't know we were mad. i thought we just didn't like each other. >> it's sunday morning on cbs, and here again is lee cowan. >> cowan: jane fonda won a best supporting actress nomination for that role opposite her father henry fonda in the 1981 film "on golden pond." she's played many a role since both on and off screen. and now at an age when plenty of people are slowing down, she talks as if she's just getting started. i caught up with her at her home in the hollywood hills for this sunday profile. do you like it up here? >> what's not to like. i love looking down on los angeles. >> reporter: jane fonda's view of life from high above hollywood is pretty good these days. at 74, she can still walk the red carpet. last month she stole the show, something that surprises even
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her. >> listen. i didn't think i would live past 30. i know it's all a surprise to me. >> what's happened to the human interest story? >> reporter: she's bussier than ever with movies and tv series in the works. >> what in god's name has happened to news night. >> reporter: including the upcoming hbo drama the news room. >> i'll fire him, charlie. reporter: what fond a calls her third act turning out to be a very busy one. >> all of us, you know, probably you too, were brought up with this view of life like an arc. you know, you're born. you peak at mid life. then you decline into decrepit-ude, the downward slope. >> reporter: you're over the hill. >> you're over the hill. and i realized, yeah, i'm over the hill but look at all these other hills that no one told me there would be all these hills arch... and i can climb them. >> reporter: the latest movie opens this week. a role that for some may not
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seem like too much of a stretch. >> you are woman! reporter: her character, an aging, pot-smoking, one-time flower child tries to help her uptight lawyer daughter move on after a divorce. >> i'm so tired of movies that don't make me feel good. it's a feel-good movie. >> reporter: it's fitting perhaps that the film's title is peace, love and misunderstanding. that's a pretty apt description of jane fonda's long and veriyed life. >> show us some more of the apartment. is this the first apartment you've had of your very own. >> it's the first apartment i've had by myself, yes. i've been living in an apartment with a roommate. >> reporter: her earliest days in the public eye she seemed to exude confidence. how else do you pull off the role of a space traveler in barbarella now a cult classic. >> should i tell you what i would like? >> i think i know. reporter: her first husband, the french director, talked her
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into the role, she says. >> probably half of all the fan mail i get is barbarella. >> reporter: to this day it still draws fan mail. >> all that hair was actually mine. >> reporter: that's all your hair. >> that ain't no wig. reporter: she went on to win two academy awards. she was nominated for five others. but jane fonda says she rarely ever felt she was good enough. >> i didn't think i could say no to anything. >> reporter: because? because i was always just so astonished that anyone asked me to do anything. >> would you mind not doing that? >> reporter: her portrayal of a prostitute in cleut earned her, her first oscar. >> no, thank you. you are turning down a freebie. >> reporter: she was so convinced she couldn't pull it off she told the director to give the part to someone else. >> i said to the director, "alan, i've been hanging out with hookers for ten days. i've been to their after-hours
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clubs. i have been with them when they were with their johns. not once did any of those guys try to solicit me. i can't do this. i'm clearly not the type. hire faye dunaway." and he just burst out laughing and kicked me out of the room. >> reporter: herself confidence issues she says started early. her mother new york socialite committed suicide when jane was only 12. >> parents are supposed to reflect their children back to them with eyes of love. my hoar had duct tape over her eyes because of mental illness. >> reporter: being the daughter of legendary screen actor henry fonda wasn't easy either. the two had a famous strained relationship. >> dad didn't know how to express emotions. it was a certain generation that you just didn't do that. >> reporter: when the two appeared together in "on golden pond,." >> norman, i want to talk to you. >> reporter: ... it was like a
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therapy session in front of the camera. >> maybe you and i should have the kind of relationship we're supposed to have. >> what kind of relationship is that? >> well, you know, like a father and a daughter. >> reporter: there are things in "on golden pond" that you were able to say as a character that you weren't able to say as a daughter. >> right, yeah, yeah. it was very hard for me to do that. >> i want to be your friend. when i said, "i want to be your friend," i reached out and i touched his arm. i saw surprise. i saw anger. i saw tears. and then he ducks his head like that. god forbid he should show emotion. >> reporter: katharine hepburn who starred opposite henry fonda was just off camera watching it all unfold. >> i looked up and hepburn was hiding in the bushes. she raised her fists to me, "you
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can do it." she willed me into the scene, god bless her. >> reporter: by that time she had already made more than 30 films. she was known for far more than just being an actress. she remains to this day one of the more controversial faces for the protest movement against the vietnam war. her trip to hanoi in 1972 still sparked outrage among some veterans largely for this. for sitting on a north vietnamese antiaircraft gun smiling and laughing. >> i made a terrible mistake. unwittingly sitting on that gun. it was a terrible thing. >> reporter: the appearance was that... >> the appearance was that i was against my country and my soldiers. i will go to my grave... that is a regret i will never get over. >> it is a process. reporter: her vocal opposition to the war led to
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interest in other social issues with husband number two activist tom hayden. >> he has accomplished more out of office than most professional politicians have accomplished after a lifetime of being in office. >> reporter: together the two traveled the country promoting everything from solar power to environmental protection. but behind the scenes, fond a was engaged in another battle. bulimia. when you began struggling with eating issues, how old were you? >> well, i had eating addictions from off and on from about age 15 to about 45. >> reporter: she hid it from everyone, even her husband. until she started working out. >> are you ready to do the workout? to the right. >> reporter: we all know what that became. >> really stretch it out. eporter: did you know at the time you were making the first workout video that they were as ground breaking as they were?
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i mean, did you have a sense? >> not a clue. i was very resistant to it in the beginning... >> reporter: you didn't want to do it. >> i'm an actor. i don't want to make an exercise video. it's going to hurt my career. >> reporter: it didn't, of course. the workouts remains one of the best-selling home videos of all time. still it wasn't enough to boost her self image. her second marriage began to fray and so did her love of acting. >> i have a hard time becoming another character when i'm feeling really, really, really bad about myself. >> reporter: so she quit the business. for 15 years. which was just fine with her third husband ted turner. as she had done before, she moldered herself to man she married this time becoming a philanthropist on a billionaires' arm. the marriage lasted for ten years before it too ended in divorce. as she was writing her memoir, she realized what, in part, was
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missing. acting. >> oh, i'm so happy for you. reporter: monster-in-law marked her return with an over-the-top performance. >> critics hated the movie. reporter: but fond a loved it. she was reenergized. were you a little rusty or was it like riding a bike? >> it was like riding a bike totally. >> reporter: soon she was back to writing too. she finished prime time last year. and it's pure fun. a straight-talking how to age manuel detailing everything from planning a will to having sex after 70. >> i wanted to write a book where older people would say, nobody's ever said this before. >> when we get older we need a little bit more time to warm up. >> reporter: she even has a new series of workout dvds designed for people like her who can't quite do what they used to. are you proof that exercise works. >> if they say that, they'll
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say, oh, i guess it works. but i've made no secret of the fact that i've had some plastic surgery. i have good genes. >> reporter: she's a mother, now a grandmother, and has found love again she says. this time with music producer richard perry. she may have had more acts than a variety show but it's this last act, she says, that is her favorite. >> i have managed to overcome my weaknesses and to play on my strentsz and to become a happy, peaceful, present person. measure commitment by what's getting done. the twenty billion dollars bp committed has helped fund economic and environmental recovery. long-term, bp's made a five hundred million dollar commitment to support scientists studying the environment. and the gulf is open for business - the beaches are beautiful, the seafood is delicious. last year, many areas even reported record tourism seasons.
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i've been a superintendent for 30 some years at many different park service units across the united states. the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time to explore something different. it's like another chapter. >> cowan: think infatuation with the queen doesn't reach all the way to our shores? well, let's check with contributor lauren daveys. >> there's another woman to whom my husband is completely devoted.
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they don't meet in person. in fact it's very unlikely he's even attracted to her but she's got pictures of her all over the house. on the walls, on the fridge. her face is even on my coffee mug. as you might have guessed, my husband is is british. while there's a lot to love about his native culture, the bacon flavored crisps, for example, it's been hard for me to understand why he and so many other brits idolize the queen. isn't the royal institution just all around undemocratic? before choosing our leaders we americans make them go through debates, appear at town hall meetings and produce a tax form or birth certificate. sometimes they even sing al green. it seems wrong to give someone an international leadership position because she was born to it. i mean, what if the royals started marrying their siblings instead of their cousins? my husband though thinks the queen's role is sacrosanct
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precisely because she didn't seek it out. there might be something to it. republican or democrat, the most uniting characteristic of our politicians is their meg low mania. there's altruism in the mix but generally speaking they're driven to rise to such power by who knows what demons. it's no accident so many actors run for office. the presidency just might be the ultimate oscar. add to this that there's a relationship between having money and winning. we pluck our leaders from a pool of people who have to bow down to rich donors or who are themselves as over-the-top wealthy as any queen. how democratic is that? but the royals don't choose their roles which at least rules out the personality flaws that come with wanting to run for office. that's not to say there aren't some truly horrific queens and kings in england's history. elizabeth seems to be a been he have sent and unwaiverring presence who has calmly led her people through the terms of 11 u.s. presidents and 12 british prime ministers so in the midst
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>> cowan: painting the town is a figure of speech that usually refers to some sort of reckless fling usually. but as steve hartman explains, not always. >> reporter: after jim cotter lost his wife last year, he set out to paint the town. don't judge him too harshly for that. not until you hear the rest of his story. >> i miss her. this just gives me something that keeps me from missing her more. >> reporter: the town jim set out to paint is glawfter, ohio, population 2,000.
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once a thriving coal community, it's been both peeling and unappealing for years. jim says he's always wished someone would fix it up. >> the buildings have become dip lap dated. >> reporter: after his wife died he decided to be that someone. >> i knew something about the town. we'll paint it. >> reporter: the town? the whole town. reporter: he started with this fire hydrant, moved down the road and did the guardrail. then he hit a home stretch. >> 1, 2, 3. reporter: he painted house after house. >> 4, 5. reporter: business after business. >> the gift shop. reporter: all for free. how did it make you feel when you saw it? >> i cried. reporter: you did? yes. reporter: bonnie owns the newly painted bonnie's restaurant. >> it did something to me. 's just amazing what a little bit of paint will do. it changes people's hearts. >> reporter: it also inspires them to join in. over the last few months, volunteers have been coming out of the woodwork to paint the woodwork and help jim reach his
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goal. amazing how thing has spread. >> it's gone like crazy. reporter: today you can't walk more than a couple blocks here without finding someone painting something, even the high school kids have been tom sawyered into helping. not a painter? not a problem. jim has found a way for almost everyone to contribute. again these are all volunteers donating their own time and often their own materials to work on buildings that aren't even their own. >> we're getting something out of it because it makes us feel better about our town. >> it's just what a community ought to do. >> reporter: so far, jim and his volunteers have painted or fixed up more than 30 buildings. although they may never get to all the ones that need it, their effort alone has already made this community a brighter place to live and given this widower all he ever needed: a fresh coat of purpose. >> thank you very much. keep it up. we will. thank you for the donation.
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>> cowan: a story from steve hartman. now the bob scheiffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on face the nation this morning. good morning, bob. >> schieffer: hey, lee. how are you? we are all about american politics this morning. we got the president's chief political advisor, david axle rod, and the chairman of the republican party rinse preeb us. >> cowan: all right, bob. thanks a lot. we'll be watching. next week here on sunday morning. >> when people refer to you as a movie star or a mega star, what do you think about that term? >> that's how it should be. we chat with the silver >> that's how it should be. we chat with the silver screen's latest wicked queen. y. we also have zero free time, and my dad moving in. so we went to fidelity. we looked at our family's goals and some ways to help us get there. they helped me fix my economy, the one in my house. now they're managing my investments for me. and with fidelity, getting back on track was easier than i thought. call or come in today
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