Singer Galina Vishnevskaya wept as her husband, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, announced in Paris that the couple would stage a free concert in support of Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet scientist. Sakharov, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975, has been driven into exile outside Moscow as part of a Soviet crackdown on dissidents. "We believe in the power of direct contact," declared Vishnevskaya, like her husband a Russian émigré. "The fate of the world does not depend anymore on diplomats."
In an upcoming TV movie, Hellinger's Law, Telly Savalas, says his agent, plays a "gritty, streetwise, tough but compassionate" lawyer who "treats prostitutes and governors alike." Sound familiar? But of course. In fact, the sense of déja vu is so powerful that Savalas et al have half a mind to call the show Kojak's Law. The film would pick up the lollipop-sucking detective's adventures after he quits the police force, goes to law school and hangs out his shingle. The setting is Philadelphia, whence Telly was returning when he stopped in at New York's Xenon for a little R&R. There, at least, Kojak was back on the beat.
Heston's night out
Charlton Heston is famous for bringing great men like Moses and El Cid to the screen, but a real-life favorite role is that of Hollywood semi-elder statesman. It was his position as co-chairman of the American Film Institute that brought him, on the arm of daughter Holly, 18, to the recent Life Achievement Awards dinner honoring Jimmy Stewart. Heston's other offspring, son Fraser, 25, is scripting Pop's next film, The Mountain Men.
Sandy Pan's cake
As Broadway's reigning Peter Pan, Sandy Duncan is exempt from ever growing up. But in real life she has birthdays like other mortals and recently turned 34. To celebrate, the production manager stashed a birthday greeting in Tinker Bell's house for a startled Duncan to find during the evening performance. Then, after her final flight out over the audience, Captain Hook, a/k/a Christopher Hewett, caught her center stage. There the orchestra struck up Happy Birthday, and Duncan was handed a cake (green, of course) by a creature from another milieu entirely. The presenter was Don Correia, her boyfriend, who had rushed over from another theater moments after his own Chorus Line curtain.
The U.S. hockey team gets its ball bearings
On ice, the U.S. Olympic hockey team has no worlds left to conquer. On wheels, they look more like the vanquished. Most of the team turned up last week at New York's Roxy for a fling at roller disco. First up was Mark Wells—to the amusement of (from left) Mark Pavelich, Steve Christoff, Bob Suter, coach Herb Brooks, Rob McClanahan and Buzz Schneider. "Not enough edge," grumbled one; then they all gamely circled the wooden rink with the likes of Andy Warhol, Star Trek's Stephen Collins and cover girl Christie Brinkley. While the clean-cut heroes rolled cheek to fuzzy cheek with their dates, one Roxy regular sighed, "My God, they're all so young."