It's been a decade since actress Jane Birkin and composer Serge Gainsbourg teamed up for Je t'aime moi non plus, their heavy-breathing erotic record that was condemned by the Roman Catholic Church and the BBC. Despite the bliss of their life in the Paris home they share with their daughter, Charlotte, 9, and her girl, Kate, 13, the unwed couple has not slipped into bourgeois conventionality, as their recent less-than-soignée appearance on the Paris social scene proved. Birkin escapes the rigors of pure domesticity by continuing to make films, and Serge, ever the hip iconoclast, has just enraged most of his countrymen by recording a new reggae version of La Marseillaise.
For obvious reasons, the Divine Miss P has always steered clear of pigtails, but she's coming dangerously close with the trendy new plaited cornrow hairstyle. Hers, though, is not the same coiffure Bo Derek wears in "10", insists hairstylist Christine Cooper, who designed it along with Piggy's couturier Calista Hendrickson (left). "It's got a soft, fluffy fringe to be more feminine and to show off her exquisite ears," says Cooper. The look was created for a possible Harper's Bazaar spread on California Girls, featuring the star running on a windswept beach. If her puppeteer, Frank Oz, approves, she may model it on a Muppets segment this year—worn with, appropriately, a wet T-shirt that reads "11."
Leif Garrett, 18, made grandpop Ken Underwood proud, singing up a storm among an otherwise mostly under-21 concert crowd in Bakersfield, Calif. It was a benefit for a foundation seeking a cure for Huntington's disease. The teen idol will have to face music of a different kind, though, when he returns to L.A. from his current tour. He has pleaded "no contest" to drunken driving charges after cracking up his car in a tragic accident that severely injured a passenger buddy. Conceivably, Leif, who was a minor at the time, could wind up in a juvenile facility.
A new acting dynasty in the making? That was the natural question at the Broadway opening party for Filumena, as Laurence Olivier entered with his son Richard, 18, the second of his four children. Filumena is an Italian comedy in which Lord Olivier directed his wife (and Richard's mother), Joan Plowright. Richard, who may enroll at UCLA and has been on the road with his parents pre-Broadway, is keen on drama. The Oliviers, though, are not pushing. "There may be another generation," Joan has conceded, "but I've told them to go into the theater only if it's as natural to them as breathing."
Support your Sharif
In S*H*E, a CBS-TV movie airing this weekend, Cornelia Sharpe plays an 007-type agent who, she says, "is always surrounded by handsome men, just the way James Bond is smothered in beautiful women." At least one is unwelcome—Omar Sharif, cast as the villain. Offscreen, she wasn't about to cold-shoulder him when he asked her to dance at a Manhattan gala to promote the film. It's nothing serious though. Cornelia's committed to Martin Bregman, who produced S*H*E for her, and Omar shares a Paris flat with his son Tarek.
Baez marches on
Spirits high as the flag of peace fluttering above them, a band of some 150, headed by Joan Baez and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy (the banner carrier), took their March for Survival right to the border of famine-struck Cambodia. Others trekking across Thailand in hopes of delivering food and supplies included actress Liv Ullmann, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and author Elie Wiesel. The group visited the Thai refugee camp of Sa Kaeo, where Baez sang Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round, but next day they and their truck convoy were, as feared, turned around by Vietnamese and Cambodian guards. Undespairing, Baez felt the march was useful in refocusing world attention on the horrors of Cambodia. "It's not over by a long shot," she declared.