Former Torontonian Marilyn Hamel, 44, is enjoying brisk sales of her popular question-and-answer sex manual, Sex Etiquette (sample question: “When a man insinuates that I’m the cause of his impotence, how am I supposed to reply? Answer: How about ‘Get lost?’ ”). Hamel, who is the ex-wife of former talk-show host Alan Hamel, says she wrote the book because she felt that “the good old American mating dance could use a new choreography.” But she added that she has met a few people who insisted that manners had no place in sexual behavior. “One person called me ‘the devil’s advocate,’ ” said Hamel. “And somebody asked if I was supposed to be ‘the Emily Post of promiscuity.’ ”
It was a shock for Robert Urich, 39, star of ABC TV’s Spenser: For Hire, which debuted last season, when he learned that the Boston-located detective series was scheduled opposite NBC’s superhit Miami Vice. Said Urich: “I didn’t know whether to cry, laugh hysterically or just drop back 12 yards and punt.” Spenser’s subsequent slide to the bottom of the ratings so alarmed ABC that the network moved the show’s time slot from Friday to Tuesday evenings two months later—and the first time it aired it drew the best rating for any new ABC show. Urich says he was so relieved he sent Vice’s star, Don Johnson, a telegram that said, “I bet you’re breathing easier now that you’ve dodged the Boston bullet.” Urich added that he and his wife, Toronto-born actress Heather Menzies, like Boston and intend to make it their permanent home. They also have a retreat in Ontario’s Prince Edward
County. Declared Urich: _
“Canada is where we go to recharge the batteries.”
Veteran actress Susan Hogan, 39, says that she has a challenging dual role in the play Jessica, which recently opened at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille. Hogan plays a prostitute and—“for the first time and probably the last”—a unicorn. But Hogan adds that she is confident: “I have been in the theatre for 20 years and played a wide range of characters. This role, which incorporates animal movements and sounds, turned out to be a lot of fun.” Hogan added that although Jessica writer/director Linda Griffiths insisted that the actress audition, she did not resent it. “Linda kept apologizing, but I knew she needed me to read. Directors have to see what chemistry
works. You can’t get all uppity about it.”
University of Toronto student Jonathan Crombie, 19, who starred as Gilbert in CBC TV’s highly acclaimed miniseries Anne of Green Gables, says that he received some valuable advice during the filming from more experienced costars Megan Follows (Anne) and Colleen Dewhurst (Marilla). Said Crombie: “Colleen told me that an actor has to know about all _ the social issues in any period of time.” Crombie, the son of David Crombie, federal minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, says that he has a lot to learn: “I can’t believe how dumb I am about politics. We used to have the best debates at home, but I have gotten away from it.” He added that Follows’s advice was more down-toearth: “She told me not to talk so fast.’ ”
t 45, movie star Raquel Welch says that she sometimes panics about growing older. The perception that a woman loses her looks as she ages, she says, is “nightmarish.” Declared Welch, whom Esquire magazine described as “the definitive chickie” in the mid-1960s: “At times I wonder what the hell I’ll do when I’m 65. But there’s
another part of me that says: ‘You are a good-looking woman. If you take care of yourself, you will be a good-looking woman until the day you die.’ However, she adds, “that doesn’t mean I’m going to be the wet dream of every 14year-old.”
innipeg-born artist and illustrator Blair Drawson, 42, whose erotic illustrations have been published in magazines from Esquire to Saturday Night, says that he likes to draw women in provocative poses. But he adds that he realizes some of his past drawings were “quite cruel.” He says that in his current work, a collection of watercolors,
--—-gouaches and stone
lithographs, which will be shown at Toronto’s Del Bello Gallery next month, he is “trying to show women who are more fulfilled.” Added Drawson: “I like the idea of women being sexual objects. But I have told people that I respect women. Now it’s time I tried to show it.”
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