Well, well, well, if it isn't our old friend Mr. Rebus! I've always got him in the back of my mind on Thursdays, but we filled in so much of this one before figuring it out that I kind of thought he was gone for another week. Still, there was that three-square 12A: "How to Marry a Millionaire" actress. I thought at one point, "Was Mae West in that? And would they really go with just a first name?" And the same in the other corner - Frannie thought "Doesn't that have to be Maria Callas?" But it was 67A: Extremely tight (TOOCLOSETO[CALL]) that finally cracked it open for us. Once that corner was in, all the others were filled in immediately, and I could finally put in the thing that popped into my head immediately for 38A: Audition rebuff (DONT[CALL]USWELL[CALL]YOU). Whew!
One thing that helped to throw me a bit in this one was all the apostrophes. "17A: Suspended avian home," for example, I wanted to be "oriole nest" when I just had a single cross, but it didn't fit. And the "we'll" of "we'll call you" ... well, ok, that's just two apostrophes. Maybe it wasn't that big a deal. But that ORIOLESNEST didn't fall 'til Frannie landed GOSSIP for 7D: It may be full of dirt.
And speaking of Frannie, she dropped in "Marge" right away for 1D: Homer's Muse, which would have been so awesome. Another one she got right away that actually was right was STPAULIGIRL (65A: Commercial figure holding six beer mugs). Not bad.
Overall, pretty good puzzle. Some nice, tricky clues, and some fun or unusual ones, like HET (51A: Worked (up)) and 25A: Superior home?: Abbr. (WIS). We once stopped in Superior and took a little boat ride out onto the lake before heading over to Duluth, and down into Minnesota to visit my brother, but that was long ago, and I frequently can't remember which city is in which state. This will help, hopefully. That same brother, incidentally, might enjoy the stacking of dog clues at 49A: Lhasa ____ and 56A: Pooch, in Paris (APSOS, CHIEN), but me, well, I would have preferred cat clues. (And I'm not talking about the FATCATs and CAT[CALL]s!)