A BONE TO PICK: When torchy chanteuse Peggy Lee learned that the 1955 Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp, had become a top-selling videocassette, she felt like yowling and howling. After all, she had written all the lyrics and some of the melodies for the six songs in the animated movie. She also provided voices for four characters, receiving a payment of $3,500. The movie has since earned Disney approximately $110 million. Now Lee, who was the voice of pup Peg, those twin Siamese terrors, Si and Am, and Darling, a human character, is suing Disney for $25 million in damages and royalties. "I loved Walt and the animators I worked with," she says. "But I'm being as businesslike as they are." A Disney spokesman says the suit is without merit. Lee believes otherwise. "I think the world of fantasy gets in the way. They start thinking, 'What? Those two cats want more money?' "
TV GUISE: Norman Mailer, speaking at the Miami Book Fair, characterized the modern American President as "the leading actor in the ongoing American soap opera." Mailer added, "We're a nation of television viewers. The man who is President has to entertain us. I think everyone who watched [Michael] Dukakis said, 'I don't want to look at him on TV for the next four years.' " George Bush, says Mailer, is "zany.... You can't be absolutely certain what he's going to say next. He's still semiwimpy but he's also semisexy. An oxymoron with verve."
ACTING, NOT ACTIVISM: In addition to directing himself and John Gielgud in a new version of A Man for All Seasons for television, Charlton Heston will share the small screen with an unlikely partner: his political opposite, Vanessa Redgrave. "I've worked with Vanessa before," the very conservative Heston says. "I did Macbeth with her. We simply respected one another and never discussed politics. The closest we ever came to it, in fact, was when the Boston Symphony fired her. [In 1982 the orchestra canceled Redgrave's performances. Redgrave believed the dismissal was caused by her pro-PLO, anti-Zionist politics. She insisted that an individual's political views should not be cause for dismissal.] I wrote a letter supporting her position because obviously she was right. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree. But Vanessa's main identity to me is as the greatest actress alive."
OUT OF BONDS: Actress Maryam d'Abo thinks portraying an alien on NBC's new science-fiction thriller Something Is Out There suits her better than the Bond girl she played in last year's The Living Daylights. "I never thought I was really the Bond bimbo type," says d'Abo, "A Bond bimbo is a sexy, glamorous girl. I don't think I fit that description. I'm not tall and sexy with big boobs. I'm much more funny looking and awkward and gauche."
A TALL TALE: Seventy-nine-year-old former Sen. Barry Goldwater is glad he listened to Mama. "I had a hell of a good mother who told me, If you smoke cigarettes or drink coffee you'll never grow tall,' " says Goldwater, who recently published his autobiography. "So I never smoked and I've never tasted coffee. I always thank God she didn't include booze in that speech. But after many years, I finally decided I'd give that up too. [Giving up booze is the] biggest damn mistake a man ever makes."
ROCK ON: Sure as Christmas the question comes around: Will the Rolling Stones, who toured last in 1982, ever go out on the road together again? Speaking on French TV, guitarist Keith Richards, who's been enjoying solo status with his debut album, Talk Is Cheap, said yes. "I expect there'll be a tour this summer," he says. "The Rolling Stones is the kind of thing you couldn't kill off if you wanted to."