MARY MCIVER July 28 1986


MARY MCIVER July 28 1986


Last week four young women won the Canadian finals of the New York Elite Model Agency’s annual Look of the Year search, which qualifies them to compete in the world finals to be held in Italy this fall. Each of them said that she thought the look currently sought by modelling agencies has changed. Said 16year-old Christina Gancevich of Kitchener, Ont.: “It used to be that models were tall and thin with outrageous features. Now if you look nice and have a nice figure, that’s enough.” Sheryl Gill, 18, of Simcoe, Ont., added: “Some of it is physical, like full lips. It’s kind of an ethnic look.” Vancouver’s Dionne Whittaker, 17, said that agencies now “want older models, even between 40 and 60.” Noted Gancevich: “You can still be beautiful at 40. You’re supposed to.” And Calgary’s Robynne Koch, 16, declared that as a model your career ends only “when you start getting wrinkles.”

When the mood strikes him,

Malcolm Forbes, the New

York-based multimillionaire publisher of the business magazine Forbes, takes his HarleyDavidson motorcycle and tours a foreign country. Over the past seven years, Forbes says, he has “done” the Soviet Union, China,

Afghanistan, Egypt and Thailand, usually working in some hot-air ballooning along the way. Recently, 66-year-old Gancevich Forbes and his entourage paid a six-day visit to British Columbia on his bike, and this week they depart for a tour of Japan. Said Forbes: “I had a deprived childhood and now I’m having a depraved adulthood. There are a hell of a lot of places as yet undone that we’ll find an excuse to undo.”

In 1960 an elegant new theatre, the O’Keefe Centre, opened in Toronto with a charming new musical, Camelot, and it launched Toronto baritone Robert Goulet as an international star. Since then he has appeared on Broadway, in movies and TV and sung for royalty and presidents. But apparently success has not spoiled 52-year-old Goulet. Last week he said that he is excited at the prospect of returning to the O’Keefe after 26 years, where he will play the lead in the musical South Pacific, opening on July 29. Declared Goulet: “Oh, jeepers. To play on that stage again! I’m going to have goose bumps!”

Critics usually have two things to say about him, says Toronto light-opera star Gerald Isaac, 32: first that he steals the show and, second, that he

reminds them of Joel Grey, star of the movie blockbuster Cabaret. Isaac, who next will play Alexander in the New York City Opera Company’s production of New Moon, attributes the first comment to the type of roles he gets. As a countertenor who can cover the soprano-contralto range and as a skilled dancer, he is usually cast in popular comic roles. He added that opera audiences, accustomed to “just singing,” appreciate “seeing me singing my aria while kicking my legs over my head.” As for his resemblance to Grey, Isaac says

that when they first met a few years ago, “Grey came up to me and said, ‘You look like me. What do you do?’ ”

Asthe Amazing Randi, Toronto-born magician and illusionist James Randi, 57, intrigues audiences with mind-reading acts and making objects float in space. “It is all done by sleight of hand or simple trickery,” he says, and added that his expertise lends credibil-

ity to his long-running investigation of people involved with so-called psychic phenomena. Last week Randi received a $375,000 fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, a Chicago-based philanthropy, to continue his investigations. His targets, he says, are people who use illusion to swindle and deceive, such as some TV evangelists and those who claim to cure the sick using psychic surgery. Randi says that as many as 20 different techniques can be used to create the illusion of a hand plunging into a body and manipulating internal or-

gans—but not one will benefit patients. “They are just as sick afterward,” he said. “They are even sicker because their wallets are empty.”

n March author and intellectual George Plimpton told People magazine that he thought Caroline Kennedy’s fiance, author and intellectual Edwin Schlossberg, was “terribly bright—a looming figure, very high intensity.” But

last week Plimpton told The New York Times that although he had read a recent profile of Schlossberg, “I still don’t know what he does.” Plimpton designed a fireworks display for the reception at Hyannis Port, Mass., which followed the July 19 wedding of Kennedy, 28, and Schlossberg, 41. He added that the display would be “a series of strange fireworks, a whole barrage,” and that it would be entitled What Ed Schlossberg Does.

Gov. Gen. Jeanne Sauvé and Nancy Reagan are going. One of the bridegroom’s former girlfriends, Canadian actress-model Sandi Jones, has been invited, but another, exotic film starlet Koo Stark, has not. The bride’s stepfather, Argentine polo player Hector Barrantes, is invited to the ceremony, but he will not be in the procession. The details are part of the elaborate preparation for the marriage this week of Britain’s Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, both 26.

The July 23 ceremony, before 1,700 guests at London’s Westminster Abbey, is a modest affair compared to the spectacular 1981 wedding of Prince Charles, Andrew’s older brother and king-inwaiting, and Lady Diana Spencer, to which 2,600 guests were invited. But observers of royalty will see pomp, pageantry and centuries-old traditions surrounding the lesser royal wedding, which include vows that date back to the 17th century. Ferguson chose the 1662

version of the marriage rites, in which the bride promises to love, honor and obey her husband. Diana used the version drawn up in 1928 that replaces the word “obey” with “keep.”

The British Broadcasting Corp. said that it expects about 300 million viewers in at least 32 countries to follow the proceedings on television. The seven hours of live coverage will begin with the ceremonial carriage processions from Buckingham Palace and the Queen Mother’s residence, Clarence House. It will end with the couple’s departure by open state landau for a honeymoon in the Azores, a chain of Portuguese islands 1,190 km west of Lisbon.

The bride-to-be was reported to have dealt effectively with the public demands made on her during the preparations. Her natural cheerfulness and lack of pretension have already endeared her to the media, despite frequent references to her inelegant style and ample figure—particularly her alleged 42-inch hips. But earlier this month she returned from a week-long break in Antigua looking tanned and

fit. She has also made regular visits to a

health club in London’s _

Chelsea district, where she has settled into a routine of saunas, exercise classes, aerobics and massage. The bride-tobe, said stepmother Susan Ferguson, “is losing weight—every woman is at her thinnest on her wedding day.” The tabloid newspaper Today reported late last week that Ferguson has lost seven pounds by cutting out sweets and that this has required alterations in her wedding dress.

Bridal gown designer Lindka Cierach had said earlier that she was pleased with Ferguson’s generous proportions. “I think Fergie is going to

set a trend,” she said. “She isn’t skinny, but then the majority of my clients aren’t skinny either.” To prevent copy-cat fashion designs appearing on or before the wedding day, sketches of the dress were kept in a safe at Cierach’s Fulham home. But the gown reportedly features all of Ferguson’s fashion hallmarks: fancy silk bows, a daring neckline and a profusion of sequins and seed pearls.

Whether Sarah, who becomes Princess Andrew, will manage to come to terms with the less pleasant side of royal life—the stream of official engagements and constant public scrutiny—is still unclear. Friends say that she dislikes being surrounded by bodyguards and ladies-in-waiting. But they add that her outgoing nature will be a welcome addition to the royal family. Said Ferguson’s former prep-school headmistress, Celia Merrick: “I should think she would suit the young prince very well. She is a strong enough character to keep him in order.”

Some parts of the British media displayed an almost breathtaking cattiness in the days before the wedding. (In one recent story, Reuters news agency matter of factly referred to Ferguson as “royal barge-to-be Sarah Barge.”) But most news reports became increasingly entranced with the lively young woman who will marry the man fourth in line to the British throne. Even Reuters seemed won over when it reported that one evening last week while Prince “Randy Andy” was enjoying his bachelor party at another club, Ferguson and Diana appeared at Annabel’s nightclub disguised as policewomen, wearing wigs and uniforms. The two women giggled and sipped champagne at the club bar, then slipped away as other guests began to recognize them. It

is illegal in Britain to

dress as police officers, but the Daily Telegraph reported that a Scotland Yard spokesman said police would not prosecute.

In a burst of alliteration, the Daily Express paper once described Ferguson as “flame haired, fearless, freckled and fun.” The paper added that it had had enough of “fairy princesses who can’t sleep on a dried pea under dozens of feather mattresses.” Declared the paper approvingly: “Fergie is more the down-to-earth type who would bound up at 4 a.m. and root out the pea.”