People

People

February 18 1980
People

People

February 18 1980

People

"I like to go underground between books,” explains author Arthur Hailey, whose most recent book, Overload, has proved his most successful with more than 1.75 million in paperbacks in print. Though he has taken out Canadian citizenship, British-born Hailey, 59, is now content to live in Nassau, which has become known as “Muskoka South” to the wealthy Canadian beachcomber whose “cottages” face the sea. Recently, wife/author Sheila Hailey made quite a splash on the local social scene as the first woman to MC the annual Red Cross Ball. “She was great, telling off-color jokes and everything,” beams Hailey. Readers of Hailey’s books in 30 languages shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for his next one-

word-titled yarn. “I’m retired,” he says. “I’m not saying that I’ll never write again, but I’ve seen too many authors wait too long to reap the rewards.” Not to worry—Hailey just sold the TV rights to his 1965 novel, Hotel, to CBS, which plans to make it into a mini-series.

Why do eligible bachelors decide to get married? “For love, for children and the joy of living together,” explains 31-year-old NDP finance critic Bob Rae, Broadview-Greenwood, who plans to marry longtime girl-friend Arlene Perly, 30, five days after the election. Rae and Perly spent their first date watching the returns from the 1968 U.S. presidential election. “People are friends for a long time and suddenly realize they’re in love,” Rae says. “Maybe the same thing will happen with the Canadian people and the NDP.”

íí^Fhey call me a ‘ding-a-ling’ but I’m I more organized than I look. My secretary helps keep me in order,” says Academy Award-winner Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower). Hawn has been keeping a low profile lately and concentrating on her family life with husband Bill Hudson (of the singing Hudson Brothers) and her two children, Oliver, 4, and Kate, V2. On Feb. 19, TV viewers will have an opportunity to hear the famous giggle and see the infamous wiggle as Hawn teams up with Liza Minnelli for a musical variety special called Goldie and Liza Together. “I’m not happy just being an actress, or a singer or a dancer,” says Hawn, who is going the way of Barbra Streisand on her next project, Private Benjamin, a comedy about a woman who finds herself in the U.S. Army. Like Streisand, Hawn will

be starring in the movie as well as producing it—quite a handful for a woman who could barely keep her cue cards straight on Laugh-In.

ii^his is just your average, everyday I relationship between two people who love each other and are about to have a baby,” says handsome Harry Hamlin, 28, whose June-November romance with 43-year-old Ursula Andress is soon to result in marriage, followed by a baby in May. The pair met on the set of the fantasy Greek-myth movie Clash of the Titans and they have been almost inseparable ever since, though Andress spent Christmas alone in Paris with former husband John Derek and his multi-braided wife, Bo Derek. Since this will be Andress’ first child, concern for her health caused the couple to “take all of the prescribed tests” and

Hamlin told Maclean ’s that the child is going to be “healthy, and a bo.y.” Andress says that she will be “very happy being a wife and mother” despite her late start. “It’s a little unconventional,” admits Hamlin, “but when it comes down to it, Ursula might as well be 25.”

Two years ago Fiona Reid left AI Waxman to “find herself,” and since then not a word has been breathed about whatever happened to the King of Kensington’s wayward wife, Cathy. Reid, however, has been busy working in theatres from Manitoba to London, England. After performing in such “serious” works as Waiting for the Parade and The Trojan Women, she recently has surfaced in Toronto as a stand-up

comic in Erika Ritter’s latest play, Automatic Pilot. “In many ways I find standup more difficult than acting. It’s like being naked,” says Reid, 28, who rehearsed her lines at a local comedy club on amateur night. “I met the Smothers Brothers and they said the same thing. They went from stand-up to acting and they found acting easier.” Later this month, Reid changes her comedic persona to play the Judy Holliday role in Born Yesterday. Reid says she has always wanted to play a “strong street character,” but really she just “can’t wait to be platinum.”

It cost the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians $3,000 to have ex-con John Ehrlichman advise them “to dare to be radical, without being violent,” at a recent banquet held in Regina. Ehrlich-

man, 54, was released from prison in April, 1978, after serving an 18-month stretch for his role in the legendary Watergate affair. While serving as Richard Nixon’s domestic affairs adviser, Ehrlichman helped draft policy for native rights and today he assists U.S. groups in untangling government bureaucracy. The $3,000 fee marked the first time he has accepted money for anything involving native people. But, as Ehrlichman was quick to note, his post-Watergate legal tab reached “several million dollars.”

It’s no secret that British bands go over well in Canada—after all, The Beatles were known here weeks before Ed Sullivan heard them. The same sort of thing

is happening to XTC, an après-New Wave quartet from Swindon, Wiltshire, whose song Making Plans for Nigel is charging up the hit-parade chart. “We can’t explain it,” says bass player Colin Moulding. “Maybe Canadians just have good taste.” Nigel is about a young man whose parents are charting a career for him with British Steel and the song has raised the ire of the industrial conglomerate. It seems that a British “Nigel” is the equivalent of a North American “nerd.” In a recent issue of Steel News, the corporation defended itself as unnerdlike by having four employees named Nigel sing the praises of British Steel. “Still,” counters Moulding, “a lot of families are pushing kids into jobs even they themselves wouldn’t want.”

Canada’s original Hot Line radio personality, Pat Burns, returned to the open mike last week in Vancouver with

a two-hour show of telephone banter and insights about his favorite pet peeves: Pierre Trudeau and socialists from Moscow to Regina. While audience-participation radio has dwindled in most of the country, West Coasters still love their talk and Burns’s office was flooded with flowers on opening day. “My enemies missed a bet,” growled Burns. “If they had a real sense of humor, they would have sent me deadly nightshade.”

The line for standee tickets began at 4 a.m. in the bar of a hotel near the Metropolitan Opera in New York Regular tickets sold out months ago and scalpers were coaxing three figures from ardent fans. All this because Birgit Nilsson, the 61-year-old Swedish soprano with the gorgeous stentorian voice, had returned to sing Richard Strauss’s gruelling Elektra after a fiveyear absence. For her opening-night efforts she was rewarded with a 30-minute ovation. Nilsson takes these things in her “simple country girl” stride. Once, as Tosca, required to jump off a parapet onto a trampoline, she literally bounced back with an encore and a smile for the audience. But a simple country girl she remains. Having , stunned international ears with her interpretations of Elektra and Salome, Nilsson now claims she wants to get back to being down to earth. In opera there are “too many mad women running around with cut-off heads.”

The idea of tacking up mug shots of North America’s business elite on police headquarter walls seems undignified, but that is what Ralph Nader would like to see. Last week the archconsumer advocate told the U.S. House of Representatives judiciary subcommittee on crime that the FBI should start a 10 Most Wanted list for corporate criminals. “The chance of being sentenced to a prison term is 20 per cent for those indicted for bank embezzlement and yet it’s 89 per cent for bank robbery,” said Nader. In the interest of justice, Nader has introduced a monthly magazine, Multinational Monitor, geared to improving the corporate “imbalance.” In the first issue, Nader focuses on such Canadian issues as the Michelin Tire affair in Nova Scotia (Maclean’s, Dec. 17, 1979) and the Quebec government’s moves to nationalize U.S.-controlled Asbestos Corporation. Editor Jonathan Ratner explains that MM will serve as a much-needed watchdog on multinationals because, as Nader is fond of pointing out, “Corporate crime is at an epidemic level.”

Marsha Boulton