Jane O’Hara December 4 1978


Jane O’Hara December 4 1978


For Jane Fonda, the act of wearing a skimpy green bikini in her upcoming movie California Suite seemed conduct unbecoming of a lady—a 40-year-old lady at that. Although never famous for her modesty, Fonda had to be coaxed into doing her bathing-suit scene by the film’s director, Herbert Ross (The Goodbye Girl, The Turning Point). “A 40-year-old woman’s body is a 40-yearold woman’s body,” said Fonda when she showed up for her fittings. Replied Ross: “You look fabulous.” However, just to make sure Fonda felt fabulous in scenes where she cavorts on a beach with actor Alan Alda, Ross suggested she try doing 10 push-ups between takes to ensure firm body tone. She did. See Jane run.

Proving that old actors don’t die— they merely turn to writing—61year-old Joan Fontaine {Rebecca, Suspicion) has come out with her version of Hollywood-as-hell, entitled No Bed of Roses. While in Toronto on a three-day publicity blitz, ash-blonde Fontaine discussed her life: a nasty childhood, four failed marriages and, of course, her much-touted internecine battles with actress-sister Olivia de Havilland. “When I was 16,” Fontaine said, “she threw me down, jumped on me and broke my collarbone.” Fontaine’s Toronto-based relatives (on the de Havilland side) were somewhat kinder. During her visit they

took her to tea and treated her to dinner at the posh Granite Club, where roughhousing simply isn’t permitted.

Ot was a case of exiting pursued by a boar on the set of Old Fish Hawk, an upcoming movie starring Will Sampson {One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) and directed by Don Shebib {Goin'Down the Road). In the film, a pivotal scene calls for a fight between a bear and a boar. The bear, named Griz (star of TV’s Grizzly Adams),was caged and waiting for his cue. The boar, also penned, looked timorous. At the sound of a buzzer both animals were released and theoretically trained to go to it. However,

the four-foot boar took one look at his eight-foot opponent and surrendered, running headlong through an electrified fence and a wooden enclosure while scattering cameramen in his wake. Cut. No scene. “The animal decided to change the script,” said Canadian producer Jon Sian. “It’s pretty hard to argue with a wild boar.”

o as I do, not as I say, was the clear implication of Finance Minister Jean Chrétien’s proclamation last week. In an effort to set an example for the country, which is suffering from a whopping travel deficit, Chrétien admitted: “I’m not going south for a vacation this year. My family is bloody mad at me and my wife wants me to change

my job.” Although Chrétien has opted for a ski holiday in the snowy climes of Shawinigan, his father, Willie, chose to disregard his son’s advice and is now wintering in Florida. Chrétien Jr., however, is willing to make exceptions for age. Willie turned 91 last month.

hey met in a classroom. He, the poet Irving Layton, was the professor of an English poetry workshop class at York University. She, Harriet Bernstein, was the pupil. Last week, the My Fair Lady fairy tale reached a real and happy conclusion when Layton, 66, and Bernstein, 30, were married in a Toronto synagogue. It was enough to cause Canada’s modern satyric poet to ,,rax rhapsodic in the style of the 19th-

century romantics. “Some older men hope to find their happiness in the eternal beyond,” quoth Layton, shortly before the wedding. “More fortunate than they, I have found my happiness in the arms of a gracious and lovely woman, and without having to make, like Goethe’s hero, a pact with Mephisto.”

ith fewer than 14 shopping days remaining before Menachem Begin arrived in Canada on his recent sixday visit, federal government officials were still without a protocolic present for the Israeli prime minister. Their last-minute gift-getting problems were solved, however, when they placed a

long-distance call to Toronto artist Aba Bayefsky, 55, who was in Chicago celebrating Canada Month at the Canadian consulate. Bayefsky was asked if he had any spare copies of his Tales from the Talmud, a hand-printed, hand-bound series of 18 lithographic prints done in 1965. He said yes and in due time the gift was given to Begin. “I don’t know how and where and who presented them, but it was my understanding that Trudeau did it,” said Bayefsky. Although the Tales were officially called a gift from the Canadian people, in part they were a donation from Bayefsky: the feds bought the present for less than its $1,500 market value.

vyy7 hen dancer John Kaminski was a \AJ child, he spake as a child and played as a child; but when he became a man and joined the corps of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the directors there told him to get rid of his childish things—more specifically his motorcycles. Kaminski, 22, is a dancer with a difference. Unlike most, he doesn’t worship his physical well-being, which is why he raced street-stock motorbikes and snowmobiles prior to signing on with the RWB last year. But it’s hard to take the boy out of the man. Recently, during a rest stop on the way to Toronto (where the ballet will play the O’Keefe Centre Nov. 27-29), Kaminski tried his hand at football. One flare pass later, Kaminski had a broken finger and got a stern warning from his superiors. Reports Kaminski: “They’ve now banned football too.” Edited by Jane O’Hara