'The Odd Quartet'
That's how Sid Caesar (second from left) described himself and buddies Jack Carter, Jack Klugman and Gene Barry, highstepping in rehearsal for Burlesque '80, a benefit show for L.A.'s Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. It is a revue of historic routines ranging from the original, decades-old "here come da judge" shtik to a less classic Shedhouse Quartet number (featuring Klugman's "barracuda mezzo"). The show was the foursome's first appearance together, and they got as much of a belt out of it as the audience. No one was jollier than Klugman, whose Kentucky Derby-slated colt, Jaklin Klugman, only days before had finished a disturbing fourth in a big prep race at Hollywood Park. "I laughed more in the last three rehearsals," observed Jack, "than in the last three years."
Ed still loves MTM
Mary Tyler Moore, a hit in Broadway's Whose Life Is It Anyway?, doesn't want to know in advance when her personal friends are going to be in the audience. So she first realized that pals like Robert Redford, Carol Burnett and Betty White had caught her show in the dressing room after the performance. One stage heavy who might really have given her butterflies had she been warned was Ed Asner, a/k/a Lou Grant, her former boss on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Asner, in New York filming Fort Apache, The Bronx, didn't blow it. He made their reunion an after-curtain one and rewarded her latest work with a typical, slightly off-target Grantian smooch.
Liza's dad weds
Last December when Liza Minnelli married Mark Gero, she aimed her bouquet right at an L.A. publicist. The target was Lee Anderson, 60ish, who as it happens has lived with Liza's director dad, Vincente (Gigi, et al) Minnelli, 77, for more than nine years. This month the pair finally wed, at socialite Ginny Milner's L.A. home with friends like Charlton Heston, Loretta Young and George Hamilton in attendance. Asked if he were directing the occasion, Vincente insisted, "I'm just one of the company." Liza, who made the first toast, wouldn't stand for that. "Daddy," she corrected, "you're the star."
A papal visitor
Morocco's King Hassan II, who quietly helped engineer Anwar Sadat's peacemaking visit to Jerusalem two years ago, himself paid his first call on Pope John Paul II. As quasi-official emissary of 42 Muslim nations, Hassan wanted to draw the Pontiff into a Christian-Muslim-Jewish discussion of the future of that embattled city. After talks with the frail Hassan, who wore his people's traditional hooded garb, the Pope expressed hope that since Jerusalem is "the sacred heritage of the three great monotheistic religions," a solution would be found "with God's help."
Fellini on females
Is Federico Fellini mellowing at 60? After years of making movies that feminists have decried as sexist, the Italian director actually invited leading libbers to collaborate with him on his next work, City of Women. How did it go? "I have never made a film in a more pleasant, soft, sweet atmosphere," reports Fellini. So what's in his self-styled "dazzling declaration of love for women"? The usual harems of buxom and overpainted women, plus one scene in which masculine-voiced feminists burn effigies of virginal brides.
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