A NOSE NO-NO
Although former cover girl Cheryl Tiegs's new line of jewelry for women and men may be popular with customers, it's getting mixed reviews at home. Her husband, actor Tony Peck, admires her handiwork—but from afar. "I have enough trouble gelling him to wear his wedding ring," says Tiegs, 46, who has gotten a hands-on response from son Zaehary, 2. "Nothing makes him happier than to do a chin-up on one of my necklaces." Missing from her men's line: earrings, items she hopes her son will never wear. " 'He can gel one at 17 or so," she says. "But [piercing] his nose, forget it.... Just the thought that he'll be old enough scares me more than the act itself."

JUST THE WAY HE IS
Billy Joel concert venues tend to sound like oversize piano bars as the audience sings along with hit after hit. It's gratifying, says the piano man, who has recently released a new album, River of Dreams and has started a 1 l/2-year world tour. "But I really don't need to have the adulation of the audience. Emotionally the ego part went away a long lime ago. Christie Brinkley loves me now. What else do I need?" Among the most requested songs, there is one he'd rather not play. " 'Just the Way You Are,' " says Joel, 44. "People have a deep affection for that song, but we [the musicians] feel like a wedding band when we play that."

SWEET REVENGE
When Heather Loeklear moved to Melrose Place late last season, her sizzling sex-pot character, Amanda, healed up the fledgling show—and squashed suggestions that her career was in a tailspin. "The critics figured I'd be gone by now—jus I another blonde," says Locklear, 31, who starred in the '80s hit Dynasty. "But I never thought I'd be a flash. The best revenge is sticking around." She's not slicking around, however, with husband of seven years, Tommy Lee, drummer for Motley Cruüe. Locklear filed for divorce last August. "Thank God for Burt and Loni," she says. "They made people forget about little old me.

CHEWING THE FAT
Actress Ricki Lake, who played the heavy (literally) in John Waters's nostalgic 1988 hit, Hairspray, has shed 115 pounds in the last 2½ years—a weighty matter she plans to discuss on The Ricki Lake Show, her new syndicated gabfest. "I haven't had fast food in three years," says Lake, 25. She also found some food for thought during a show about guys who dump overweight girls: "I thought, 'Shouldn't you love somebody unconditionally?' But doesn't a person have a right not to be sexually attracted to another? It's confusing. It's something I can speak about from the heart—or the gut, as they say."