The absolutely perfect TV teenager

Carol Goss is our most visible adolescent—even though she's stopped being nineteen

PENNY WILLIAMS May 2 1966

The absolutely perfect TV teenager

Carol Goss is our most visible adolescent—even though she's stopped being nineteen

PENNY WILLIAMS May 2 1966

The absolutely perfect TV teenager

Carol Goss is our most visible adolescent—even though she's stopped being nineteen

PENNY WILLIAMS

Toronto area at everything from football games to beauty contests.

Carol is also a free-lance model. Last winter her radiant face promoted a certain brand of anti-blemish cream, and in all seasons she's smiling and swinging through the glossy teenworld paites of mail-order catalogues. All together. she is Miss Teenager of Canada.

It's a fairly common, il cynical, belief that every sweet cover-girl face hides a ruthless career-builder who's ready to climb over her competitors' backs. Vet the / e lepra tu s John Bassett. Jr., the man responsible for After lour, sums up everyone's description of Carol when he says. ‘This is the girl you instinctively like."

And the thing is. you do like her. In these days of super-switched-on people. Carol has a slightly grave charm, a gentle voice and a sometimes maddening indifference to her own fame. F.ven Bassett and her TV producer. John Spalding, have no idea how far Carol wants to take this career. Carol herself persists in seeing it all as a delightful gift from the gods.

In a way it is. Carol won the Miss Toronto title in 1964 because her modeling school entered her in the contest. She took the modeling course because she had won it as the 1961 Sweetheart of Metro High. And she entered the Sweetheart contest only because her Weston Collegiate classmates asked her to represent their school. As Miss Toronto, Carol made

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exactly one public appearance. Then Bassett invited her to become his newspaper’s After Four girl.

Now Carol earns about ten thousand dollars a year and drives a bright-red sports car to modeling and television appointments. Other than that — and the closet bursting with After lour dresses — Carol's private life gives no sign ol her public one. Asked about Carol’s typical activities in the family's suburban bungalow. younger sister Marilyn retorts. “She studies! And she turns off the television to make me study, too." (Marilyn’s only other complaint is that she is one size too small for Carol's clothes.)

Carol does her studying in a pink-and-white bedroom decorated with dance programs and photographs of boyfriend Bryce Taylor, a medical student and Varsity quarterback. Carol herself is in second-year Arts at the University of Toronto and is a good student, hut suddenly. it is not definite that she will be completing her BA next year. Bassett has just signed Carol for a further two years as the After Four girl, and they ve agreed that if anything has to be sacrificed next year, it won't be After Four.

For a girl who has spent the past two years acting as it she were indifferent to it all. this new agreement is a frank announcement that Carol Goss now intends to pursue her career as far as she can. Anyhow, who says teenagers can't be in their twenties?

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AFTER FOUR'S CAROL COSS

TV teen's duty: autographing wrists

For Carol Goss, part of the excitement of an After Four TV show is the enthusiasm of her studio audience. And after every taping, teenagers knock at her dressing-room door for autographs. Most of her fans scorn paper — “regulars” take her picture one week and have it autographed the next; others press her to sign wallets, hats and even bare arms. By now Carol is so used to meeting other celebrities on the show that she never thinks to get their autographs — not even when they were the Beatles. Afterwards,” she sighs, “I could have kicked myself.”