Burt Reynolds Knocks 'em Cold in Miami with a Royal Show on Center Court

updated 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/18/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

Miami's 40° weather might have given the celebrities cold feet, but the three-day Turnberry Isle pro-celeb tennis tourney, which started with a shiver, ended up as hot stuff. Princess Caroline of Monaco gave (and got) shoulder rubs in the pro shop, while hubby Philippe Junot volleyed with his partner, Fred Stolle. Bjorn Borg moseyed over from the 83-foot yacht where he was holding a stag party. Lee Majors dropped out of the sky in a jet chopper, and James Franciscus, Bill Cosby, Lloyd Bridges, Gene Hackman and Sonny Bono were among the others who had 7,000 fans reaching under blankets for their Instamatics long before host Burt Reynolds arrived on the final day.

Full-length furs and the tournament's silver racing jackets were tossed by the baselines on Day One as comedian Foster Brooks lobbed jests from the referee's roost—"This tournament was originally scheduled to be held in California, but they were having bad weather there." That evening local amateurs, who had paid $1,000 to play in the event benefiting Palm Beach County's retarded citizens, joined the celebs and pros for a buffet of ham and stone crabs. A band played disco, but only Bono and his girlfriend, Susie Coelho, warmed to the beat.

Saturday's sun brought out fresh names, including Valerie Perrine, Dick Van Patten and his ace sons Vince and Nels. Cheryl Tiegs was benched (with Peter Beard) by her recent ankle injury. And the bionic Majors had decided to "hang around the bar and chase waitresses." The next day Pat Van Patten and Gardnar Mulloy wrapped up the title. They didn't get all the silver, though—$15,000 of it went to the charity. "People forget what this event is about," noted Reynolds, "but we haven't."

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