Farrah Fawcett did it (sort of), Suzanne Somers did it (maybe) and now it’s TV sitcom blonde Loni Anderson’s turn to try feature roles. For the past year and a half, Anderson’s honey blonde mane and co-ordinated shimmy have made WKRP in Cincinnati a lingering experience for many viewers. Next month the 32-year-old former brunette begins work on a TV movie called The Jayne Mansfield Story, in which she plays the role of the ’50s love goddess who was decapitated in a 1967 car accident. Opposite Anderson, producers are hoping to land body beautiful Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mansfield’s husband and onetime muscleman, Mickey Hargitay. Talent aside, Anderson’s selection for the role is considered a “natural” by Hollywood standards. Recently during the taping of a TV special with Shaun Cassidy, network executives had to ask Anderson to reshoot a sequence wearing a one-piece bathing suit because the bikini she wore originally was deemed “too hot” for the boob tube.
It took Mariette Hartley 20 years to be named “new discovery of the year” by the Hollywood critics. Although she has appeared in a number of films and more than 200 television roles, Hartley, 40, con-
tinues to be best known as the smartassed woman who sells Polaroid cameras with James Garner. Their natural ease with each other led many viewers to believe they were a couple and,when the overtones became overt, Hartley took to wearing T-shirts proclaiming: “I am not James Garner’s wife.” Recently, Hartley finished work on Proper Channels, a Canadian feature film comedy about a questionable case of child abuse, and she and her co-star, Alan Arkin, took to wearing T-shirts denying any marital relationship. None of the confusion bothers Hartley’s husband, Patrick Boyriven, who produces television commercials. “I know who Mariette is married to, and that is all that matters,” he says.
iflhave been very shocked by many of Ithe things I’ve put on the screen,” insists French film director Just Jaeckin, whose soft-core classics Emmanuelle and The Story ofO earned him the title “King of Movie Eroticism.” Before mak-
ing Emmanuelle in 1974, Jaeckin was a Playboy centrefold photographer but when the $400,000 film earned more than $50 million he decided to stick with directing. Now 39, Jaeckin is trying to shake the libido off his image and he recently completed a Canada/France/ Germany co-production called Girls, which charts the plight of a Paris schoolgirl who needs an abortion. Next on the agenda is a Canadian feature set in a fantasy club where a killing occurs. “Soon,” he hopes, “they’ll forget I am the man who made Emmanuelle. ”
Do Bee and the Magic Mirror are still favorites, but there have been a lot of changes going on in CTV’s Romper Room classroom. The prime mover and shaker in the playroom is Fran Pappert, 23, a former library assistant from Kitchener, Ontario, who began putting the kiddies through bend and stretch exercises last May. Pappert believes that Romper Room can be a cultural and educational tool for tykes and she has taken the show on the road all over Canada, and even to the Olympic site in Lake Placid this week. Some things never change, however, as Pappert learned on a recent “let’s make a rhyme” segment. “I asked four-yearolds to rhyme the word ‘hit,’ ” sighs Miss Fran. “They had a ball with that one.”
If the Wampanoag Indians of Gay Head, Massachusetts, have their own way, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will
have to lower the ceilings on her 19room oceanfront home. Local laws ban homes taller than 21 feet, but Jackie O’s architect, Hugh Jacobsen, has plans for a 34-foot Cape Cod manse. Jacobsen claims that if he had to make the house any lower “it would look like a motel or pickle factory.” Lawyer Alexander Forger recently explained to a town meeting that his five-foot-seven-inch client requires the additional 13 feet “because she wants her bedroom on the second floor.”
Six years ago Bombay-born Maxim Mazumdar began touring with a oneman show titled Oscar Remembered in which he played Lord Alfred Douglas, the turn-of-the-century lover of playwright and bon vivant Oscar Wilde. After 816 performances, Mazumdar, 26, has settled in Corner Brook and is the artistic director of Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador. This spring he returns to the stage in Eric Bentley’s Lord Alfred's Lover. This time Mazumdar plays out Wilde’s recollections of Lord Douglas and the scandalous relationship that ultimately led to his incarceration and ruin. Playing both sides of the infamous twosome was not part of Mazumdar’s original plan. He says, “There are two turning points in my life—the day I decided never to play Oscar Wilde himself and the day I decided to change my mind.”
When the marital split between Mick Jagger and his Nicaraguan wifeclone Bianca Jagger began to become obvious several years ago, a new image appeared on the ebullient Rolling Stone’s arm in the person of six-foot Texas model Jerry Hall. Ever since then Hall, 24, has remained relatively private about her relationship with Jagger, though she did lasso him into a trip to Texas to meet her mom last year. In June, Hall’s profile will be raised considerably when she makes her film deI but opposite John Travolta in the con\ temporary western dance film Urban gt; Cowboy. Hall plays a groupie who | hangs out at a Houston cowboy disco d and she ends up infecting Travolta with 5 venereal disease, which he promptly transmits to his wife.
It has been 10 years since Marianne Faithfull nearly died of a drug overdose in a Sydney, Australia, hotel room in the midst of a tempestuous affair with lead Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. “I did not consciously try to kill myself,” she says on reflection. “I just happened to swallow 150 pills.” Now 32, Faithfull is back on British record charts with an album called Broken English, but some chain stores such as Boots and Woolworth’s are refusing to sell it because of a four-letter word that recurs in one song, Why Do Ya Do It? Once a softcore porn star in an ill-fated film called Girl on a Motorcycle, Faithfull is relieved that plans for her to play a nude o incest scene with Sid Vicious in a movie I lt; with the Sex Pistols were scrapped now lt; that her 14-year-old son is starting to I read mommy’s press clippings. Even so,
1S she maintains that “sex and music have || a universal appeal.” It is a universe,
55 apparently, that is shrinking.
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#%first engagement at Carnegie Hall since prohibition,” begins Leacock imitator John Stark, who recently played the hallowed hall with his oneman show of humor and anecdotes. “On his way from McGill University to New York City, Leacock was turned back at
the border because he had his bottle of ‘gin’,” says Stark, who hails from Rossland, B.C. The Leacock saga ended with a cryptic telegram to his waiting audience: “No hootch, no spootch.” But for Stark the show went on, complete with gin. As a “die-hard conservative” who was born in a rustic cabin, Stark, 43, considers himself a close substitute for Leacock, but after five years of Canadian wit he’s ready to branch out. His next show will be a “risqué piece” called The Resurrection of Adolf Hitler.
It’s a comfort to know that even the super-rich are willing to modify their lifestyle in the face of the energy crisis. Betsy Bloomingdale, the jet-setting wife of Diners’ Club executive Alfred Bloomingdale, recently told trendy W magazine that she has found she can lower her hydro intake “by asking my servants not to turn on the self-cleaning oven until after seven in the evening.” Edited by Marsha Boulton
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