Adam Baldwin has at 18 been described by producer-director Tony Bill as "the closest thing to a natural movie star I've come across in a long time." Bill chose Baldwin over thousands of teenagers from all over the country—including 40 of Baldwin's classmates at New Trier East H.S. in Winnetka, Ill.—to star as Linderman, the hulking but sensitive protector in last summer's hit, My Bodyguard. "It's the big break story—Hollywood all the way," laughs the 6'4", 205-pound Baldwin, who had to be persuaded by his drama coach to audition for the part. Baldwin's critically acclaimed performance led Robert Redford to cast him as the brash jock Stillman in Ordinary People. But then he was suddenly dropped from the Barbra Streisand film All Night Long when the part was rewritten for an older actor. "I was terribly disappointed," allows Baldwin, whose parents, a bank public relations man and a teacher, were divorced four years ago. He has finished the forthcoming NBC-TV movie Pigs vs. Freaks, in which he plays a '60s draft dodger. He has quit school to tend to his career but plans to take a high school equivalency exam and eventually enter college. "You have to act as if you'll never work in movies again," he philosophizes, "or else you set yourself up for a letdown."
Julie List, 24, author of The Day the Loving Stopped: A Daughter's View of Her Parents' Divorce, remembers the day in 1966 when her father left home. As she and her 5-year-old sister watched, he packed, kissed them goodbye and drove off. "We kept waving long after he was out of sight," she recalls. List's poignant account, compiled from her letters and diaries, is the first on divorce written entirely from the child's point of view. Published by Seaview Books, it has sold out its first printing of 7,000 copies. Popular Library paid $25,000 for the paperback and ABC has optioned movie rights. List, now a New York production assistant for the Public Broadcasting System, began her book in a writing class at Princeton taught by author Robert (Peter the Great) Massie and continued fulltime after graduation in 1978. "I had lots of encouragement," she says—especially from her father, a Manhattan psychologist, and her mother, a TV writer. "They realize I wasn't writing to blame them," explains Julie, who has dated a Yale divinity student for four years, "but because I had something important to say to other children of divorce."