PEOPLE

SCOTT STEELE April 3 1995

PEOPLE

SCOTT STEELE April 3 1995

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A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

She is a friend of Pierre Trudeau and Prince Philip, has played for royalty, prime ministers and presidents-and now, even the O. J. Simpson jury. Canadian classical guitarist Liona Boyd, ■ who currently lives in Los Angeles, says that she was recently looking for an audience to

rehearse in front of when the jury came to mind. “I just thought that those poor people must be quite bored,” she recalls. “So I sent them a letter and asked if I could play for them.” A few days later, while Boyd was watching the trial on TV, her telephone rang: it was Judge Lance Ito’s assistant wanting to set up a date and time. “I looked up on the TV screen and there she was, bent over at her desk and whispering to me,” laughs Boyd. "It was very odd to be even a small part of what is going •, on.” Boyd, 44, who has 18 albums to r % > ' her credit, played for the jury in an ad# , joining courtroom on March 4—good " preparation, she says, for her current 20-city Canadian tour to promote her new album, Classically Yours. “They were a very appreciative audience—I had a really good time," she says. “Imagine being locked up for

■ that long. It would be just awful. I’m glad that I could relieve their boredom, « if even for a moment.” Truly captivating. ¡

BO-DACIOUS RETURN

After starring in the 1979 hit movie 10, Bo Derek became the sex symbol of the early 1980s. “It was kind of an overwhelming assault on my life,” recalls Derek, now 38. “But overall, a very positive one. I go wherever I want to go, I get treated like nobody else gets treated—things that no amount of money can buy.” After 10, Derek “became her own boss”—producing and starring in three movies directed by her husband, John Derek. Tarzan the Ape Man (1981 ), Bolero (1984) and Ghosts Can’t Do It (1990) made the most of Derek’s physical assets—but were critically panned. “Bo was going to be exploited anyway,” she explains, “so I exploited her.” Now, however, Derek says she has a “better sense of humor” about stardom. And she is back in the movies with Tommy Boy, a comedy filmed in Toronto last year and starring Saturday Night Live regulars Chris Farley and David Spade as beleaguered auto-parts salesmen. In the movie, which opens on March 31, Derek has a small part as a wicked—and sexy—stepmother. “I knew it would be light and fun and easy,” she says. “My biggest problem during filming was keeping a straight face.”

A NEW GENERATION

For actor Beau Bridges, the opportunity to play disgruntled scientist Simon Kress in the madefor-TV movie Sandkings was too good to pass up. “I’ve never played a mad scientist before,” says Bridges, whose roles have included the sensible brother, Frank—opposite real-life brother Jeff—in The Fabulous Baker Boys and Sally Field’s husband, Sonny, in Norma Rae. “It was fun for me to get to be a really crazy guy.” In Sandkings, which will kick off pay TV channel The Movie Network’s new Outer Limits sci-fi series during the week of March 27, things go awry when Kress takes his work home with him.

In an attempt to prove that there is alien life on Mars, he begins breeding scorpion-like insects from eggs found in the soil, only to discover the aliens have ideas of their own.

There was another advantage to acting in the movie, which was filmed in Vancouver

working with both his father, Lloyd, and his 10-yearold son, Dylan. “I’ve acted with my father plenty of times before,” says Beau, “but this is the first time all three generations have worked together.” And while he admits that he might be a little biased, he says that Dylan, the third of his five children, did “a very credible job.” Like father, like son.

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He’s b-a-a-a-ck! Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson walked out of the Indiana Youth Center near Indianapolis a free man after serving three years behind bars for raping an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant, Desiree Washington. Tyson, 28, converted to Islam while

in prison; he emerged wearing an Islamic prayer cap and was greeted by supporters including his promoter, Don King, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In a statement, he said simply: “I’m very happy to be out and on my way home.” Back at his mansion near Youngstown, Ohio, Tyson could contemplate resuming his boxing career. He lost his share of the heavyweight crown in 1990, but friends say he is at his fighting weight of 215 lb. and primed for a comeback. The biggest potential draw: a showdown between Tyson and George Foreman, the pudgy 46-year-old World Boxing Association champ.

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