Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 41 years, 2,187 covers and 55,435 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Aurora Theater Shooting: James Holmes' Father Calls His Son 'An Excellent Kid'
- Read the Cover Story: Inside Blake & Miranda's Shocking Split
- RHONYC: 'Tough' Carole Radziwill Breaks Down When She Returns to London to Pick Up Her Late Husband's Ashes
- FROM SI: Devon Still Shares That His Daughter Leah's Cancer Is Still in Remission
- The NFL Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game 'Deflategate' Suspension
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- June 30, 1975
- Vol. 3
- No. 25
For Burt Lancaster, at 61, and His Son Billy, Everything's Coming Up Moses
This Moses—a $6-million British-Italian co-production currently playing CBS on six Saturday nights—is, in Lancaster's immodest view, enormously "superior" to the DeMille movie. It is also, adds Burt of his first TV role, nothing less than "the best thing that's been done on television." To be sure, the script was classily co-written by Anthony (Clockwork Orange) Burgess, except for a few throwaway kernels, as when one dusty Israelite says to another, "It's this one-god business I find hard to take in." Lancaster (whose last brush with religion, Elmer Gantry, won him an Oscar) took to the role like a lamb to the altar. By way of preparation, the dead-end Irish kid from East Harlem steeped himself in latter-day Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. And lest anyone supposes that the young Moses was Dad in Supp-hose, that role was played in last week's expository premiere by Burt's son William, 27.
Billy is one of five kids by Lancaster's second wife, Norma Anderson. (His first was a fellow circus acrobat.) Norma met Burt while he was on the USO circuit as a PFC entertainer during World War II. Since their divorce in 1969, Lancaster has maintained a roistering semisecret relationship with Jackie Bone, variously described as a hairdresser or production secretary. In 1971, after being busted for drunken driving not far from their home in Malibu, Lancaster was released in her custody. Last year it was Burt who bailed out Jackie after she spent a night in Rome's Rebibbia jail following an altercation with a traffic cop.
He was playing at the time a suicidal baron in Bernardo Bertolucci's much-awaited next tango, 1900, and will shoot a cameo in Robert (Nashville) Altman's upcoming Buffalo Bill and the Indians, which stars Paul Newman. Lancaster cronies are laughing up their tunics over one implausible line in the new CBS series. It is the pharaoh's welcome home to his scruffy shepherd cousin Moses: "You look like a very poor relation." The Burt they know kisses off almost every proposed property these days with the line, "I'm too rich to bother."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!