Though actress Julia Roberts got the credit, some shots of her character’s body in the recent movie Pretty Woman actually belonged to a double: aspiring actress Shelley Michelle. Said Michelle, 25: “Julia wasn’t comfortable with some of the camera shots. She didn’t mind that I did it. She was happy someone could make her look so
good.” Michelle has also doubled for Kim Basinger, in last year’s My Stepmother Is an Alien, and for Catherine Oxenberg in her upcoming movie, Overexposed. “Catherine,” said Michelle, “has royal relatives, and I think she felt sex scenes wouldn’t make her popular with her family.” Michelle says that she is not bitter about her anonymity. She added, “I’m branching out now so that all of me gets noticed, not just my legs and bust.”
Showing off the tempest tosser
Author Robertson Davies, the subject of award-winning Canadian film-maker Harry Rasky’s latest documentary, says that the film is “really terrific—a good subject.” Next month, the CBC will broadcast The Magic Season
of Robertson Davies, which mixes interviews with Davies and dramatizations of his works. In the film, Davies criticizes Ontarians for being “mentally unadventurous.” And about his home town of Thamesville, Ont., he says, “Children were sewn into their underwear, minds were
Davies: 'a good subject*
Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s 25-year career has inspired a new musical. In Los Angeles, audiences and critics are responding enthusiastically to The Joni Mitchell Project, which features such Mitchell trademarks as Both Sides, Now and Help Me. Los Angeles Times reviewer Sylvie Drake called the show a “celebration.” And Mitchell, 47, received a standing ovation when she attended a recent performance. Raves for renewed music. 0
THE ‘WHITE ZULU’ UP NORTH
Pop musician and anti-apartheid activist Johnny Clegg often crosses the color barrier in his native South Africa. The man known as the "White Zulu" has been arrested several times simply for associating with blacks. And when he married last year, he had a traditional Zulu wedding for which he and his wife executed intricate Zulu dances. Clegg, now on a Canadian tour, says that he prefers performing his political songs for white audiences. Said Clegg: "There's no point singing One Man, One Vote for blacks—the issue is obvious to them."
Seen, not heard
After selling seven million copies of pop duo Milli Vanilli’s award-winning debut album, producer Frank Farian admitted that the voices on the album were not those of the lead singers, Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan. Said Pilatus, 25: “We’re happy it’s over. You get something but, for that, you make a pact with the devil.” Now, officials have revoked Milli Vanilli’s 1989 Grammy award. And the directors of the Juno Awards announced that they will meet on Dec. 3 to decide the fate of the duo’s 1989 Juno for best international album. Beauty is in the ears of the beholder.
a quarter-inch wide, and sexual intercourse between married, consenting adults was considered extremely suspect.” But commenting on his role in making the documentary, he was less astringent. Said Davies, 77: “I had been alarmed that I might have to be sent away to get my teeth capped, but it all went off swimmingly.”
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