04/07/1980 at 01:00 AM EST
What apter date for Little Miss Marker star Sara Stimson, 6, than Ricky (The Champ) Schroder, 9? Schroder, after all, made his film debut last year in a redo of the 1931 Jackie Cooper film, and now Sara was appearing in her first, an update of the 1934 Shirley Temple movie. Arriving at her Manhattan premiere in a white 1931 Graham (from whose windows they shot up Broadway with mock machine guns), the couple emerged hand in hand, then stopped the action by signing autographs. ("They don't write all that fast, you know—especially Sara," explained a flack.) Later at a party at Gallagher's, the kids were still seeing eye to eye over the piece de resistance—bubble-gum.
Loni reveals Jayne
Jayne Mansfield, observes Loni (WKRP) Anderson, "was a very interesting, almost dark character, intelligent, but murky in ways." So the admittedly typecast Anderson says she hopes to shed some rays of light in her CBS movie bio of the Hollywood sex symbol who died in a 1967 car crash. Loni concedes that she needed some help beyond makeup and hairstyling, namely padding. But only, she points out, around the hips.
Lena cools it
Though still smashing enough at 62 to keep making the 10-most-beautiful-women lists, Lena Home plans nevertheless to wind down a bit. After finishing another commitment or two, she will retire from the nightclub circuit altogether and cut her performing schedule by a third. Instead, Lena will spend more time with her four grandchildren, enjoy her Santa Barbara home in an old olive mill, and benefit from a piece of advice she has doled out to cabaret audiences for years: "Don't grow old without money, honey."
Carol hits the slopes
Shooting ski scenes in Stowe, Vt. for The Four Seasons, her new movie with Alan Alda, was no lark for Carol Burnett. She'd never done cross-country and spent so much time on all fours (as Alda's photographer wife Arlene snapped away) that she found it hard to classify her technique. Not quite up to "snow bunny," Carol decided. "I ski," she cracked, "like a beached whale."
Sir Freddie ascends
Sir Freddie Laker, originator of the "no frills" Skytrain to London, loved to quote the wags who said that BOAC, the old initials for his competitor when it was called British Overseas Airways Corporation, stood rather for "Better on a Camel." He got to reappraise the phrase lately in Jerusalem, where he launched a new tour package. Atop the Mount of Olives, Sir Freddie boarded a sitting camel to pose for promo photos when the animal suddenly stood up. Besides the swift gain in altitude, Laker nearly got a nip from the beast and began to doubt that things might be BOAC after all.
Liza teaches Misha some steps
"Won't you Charleston with me?" is the musical question Mikhail Baryshnikov asks Liza Minnelli on his upcoming ABC special. Liza's answer, happily, is yes. In fact Liza, who was Misha's old Studio 54 disco partner pre-Mark Gero, is his savvy dancing guide through a whole fantasy trip of Broadway. In one hour the premier danseur tests his stuff in newly choreographed routines from such musicals as Oklahoma! and (below) The Boy Friend. At one point he even launches into an Astaire-style tap number, which prompted Misha to remark: "It's the first time I ever heard myself dance."