People

People

Marsha Boulton December 24 1979
People

People

Marsha Boulton December 24 1979

People

At the Munich Olympics in 1972 the image of Canada’s high-jumping sweetheart Debbie Brill was tainted by rumors that the inventor of the “Brill Bend” was doing drugs. Brill placed eighth, and dropped out of sports. “I started experimenting, trying all the things kids try,” says Brill, “like getting drunk, different drugs, going out with guys, sex and everything.” Now 26, Brill is buckling down for the Moscow Olympics and set a Canadian high-jump record of six feet, 5 Vs inches last August in Montreal. Brill is in full training in her home town of Burnaby, B.C., and she and the Canadian Track and Field Association have been aided by a $20,000 donation from Charles N. Woodward, chairman of the board of Woodward Stores Ltd. In return for the “donation” Brill has been meeting and greeting shoppers at Woodward’s sports departments.

Can sex become a hobbit? Not according to David Day, author of The Tolkien Bestiary, a best-selling guide to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Frodo-fraught fantasy kingdom. “There’s no sex in Tolkien,” contends the 28-year-old former poet from Vancouver Island who finds Tolkien fascinating nevertheless. Day got the idea for a comprehensive guide to “Middle-earth” almost two years ago when he was an editor at McClelland and Stewart publishing company, but that house turned down the idea. In England, Day found success with best-

seller specialist Mitchell Beasley {The Joy of Sex). So far the Bestiary has sold 100,000 copies in its first worldwide printing and Day has earned $100,000 for the paperback rights. Though he would like to return to Canada, Day now feels it would be “financial suicide.” In the meantime, he’s planning “lots of sex” in his future books.

For hi¿^performance in this year’s sleeper on two wheels, Breaking Away, handsome Toronto-born actor Hart Bochner was pegged as a throwback to Tyrone Power. In Breaking Away, Eochner played a fraternity jock on a bicycle and his career continues to career around the frat scene in his latest film, Train to Terror. This time he

plays a fraternity jock on a train ride which mixes murder and mayhem with the romantic vagaries of rowdy frats and their co-ed counterparts. Though hacked-up female bodies keep showing up in sleeping compartments, Bochner’s character finds time to flirt with D. D. Winters, the Niagara Falls, Ontario, starlet who claims to have been discovered after she was displayed in Maclean's last March 26. Bochner, 23, isn’t afraid of being typecast as a frat forever, but producers should be aware that after riding bicycles and trains he prefers horses.

Sexy Rex Smith claims he suffers from the “dumb blonde syndrome” as a teen idol, but the buff-haired singer from Atlanta, Georgia, also stakes claim to having been one of the original

punks—as the lead singer of an early’70s warm-up band called Rex. As a punk, Smith ended up $750,000 in debt and he’s finally getting into the black with the success of his film debut as a 17-year-old rock singer in the 1979 TV movie Sooner or Later, which propelled him into the pube-rock ranks of Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garrett. In reality, Smith is 24, divorced and has sophisticated tastes in weight lifting. And he’s no bubble-gummer socially—“sexy

Rexy” plans to shake his well-muscled booty in Chicago’s Playboy Club on New Year’s Eve. “If I could find somebody to, like, keep me,” he confesses, “I’d just be a jock.”

The drums go bang, the cymbals clang and the music can be grand. But instead of Hennessy Tennessy tootling the flute, it’s Henry Kroeger on electric bass with four of his Alberta cabinet minister cohorts drumming and strumming along. The Tory version of Macnamara's Band is rendered by none other than Alberta’s Tory Bluenotes, which includes Transportation Minister Kroeger (on bass and banjo); his wife, Cleona Kroeger, on drums; SolicitorGeneral Graham Harle on banjo and ukulele; Julian Koziak, minister of consumer and corporate affairs, on accordion; Attorney-General Neil Crawford on trumpet; Environment Minister John Cookson and MLA George Topolnisky, both on sax. The group has been jamming for three years at constituency so-

cial functions and is warming up for the annual Alberta Conservative convention next April. Kroeger says the septet is content to play golden oldies and Mitch Miller modern, but the band refuses to play on at disco tempos.

As if the Commonwealth hadn’t been rocked enough by the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, a new book called The Windsor Story threatens to destroy the connubial bliss myth of the exiled Duke of Windsor and the divorced American commoner he loved, Wallis Simpson. Authors Charles Murphy and J. Bryan III suggest that the duke was a masochist who enjoyed being humiliated by women. They tell of Freda Dudley Ward, who is said to have been the

mistress to the Prince of Wales from 1919 to 1934 and concluded that her charge “liked being humbled, degraded. He begged for it.” They go on to cite the cold-hearted domination practised by Simpson, who had frequently been beaten by her first husband. “Darling,” the duke is said to have snivelled to his cruel duchess, “are you going to send me to bed again in tears?” Pillows dampen in the best of families.

The publication of the long-awaited memoirs of the deposed shah Reza Pahlavi of Iran was postponed earlier this month by his Paris publishers. It seems that the shah wrote the book while he was safely hiding out in Mexico and from that vantage point he felt comfortable blaming President Jimmy Carter and U.S. foreign policies for the revolution in his native country. However, since he has found medical sanctuary in the U.S. the shah is said to be

rewriting the final chapters to remove some harsh words.

ffUis attraction for women is wellndocumented,” says Linda Griffiths, a Quebec-born actress who wangled an invitation to the Governor-General’s ball last fall to discover for herself whether the allegations about Pierre Trudeau were true. Griffiths’ dancing tête-à-tête with foxy Pierre capped four months of digging into the psyches of the former prime minister and his estranged disco-bride, Margaret Trudeau. The result is a one-woman play called Maggie and Pierre, based on the antics of the famous pair’s couplings and un-

couplings. The show is currently previewing to packed houses in Toronto, though Griffiths, 26, maintains it is not an exposé. She prefers to call it a “fantasy,” although more than a few Ottawa deep throats eagerly spilled all about the couple into her receptive ears. “I got three versions for every incident,” Griffiths recalls, “and everybody said they knew the truth.”

British Columbia’s Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Vander Zalm earned himself an anti-French reputation by protesting bilingual cereal boxes and singing a little ditty he wrote called Frogs. But recently the blustering minister has been spotted wearing a blue and silver fleur-de-lis in his lapel. Vander Zalm contends that his nouveau ornamentation does not indicate séparatiste support. It’s just that the pin goes nicely with his blue suit.

Edited by Marsha Boulton