What will today's teens think of a falsetto-voiced singer who strums a ukulele and sings Tip-Toe through the Tulips with Me? That's what Tiny Tim, now pushing 50, wonders as he sets off this month with a vaudeville act touring the U.S. It will provide family entertainment mostly in high school auditoriums. The tulip trampler went over well with another crowd (including Cher, Lily Tomlin and Barbra Streisand) when he performed recently at a "Midlife Crisis Party" for Sandy Gallin, a just-turned-40 Hollywood celebrity manager. Gallin got Tiny his first national exposure—on the Carson show in 1966. Those who remember that evening might give some thought to throwing a midlife party themselves.
His freshman year at Williams College over, the 19-year-old son of the Shah, Reza Pahlavi (center), partied at the Manhattan disco Sybils. Neither he nor his bodyguards (left and right) were wearing the requested formal attire, but Pahlavi did remember courtly ways when a friend of Dad's, Lucie Shirazee, tripped and fell in the darkness. Rushing to her side, the prince scooped her up and looked after her royally thereafter while chatting with society columnist Tony Carlyle. What about? Sniffs Shirazee, "Certainly not about the affairs of Iran."
Sophia as Greta
In La Buona Stella, the upcoming NBC-TV movie based on her best-selling autobiography, Sophia: Living and Loving, La Loren is cast as her mother, Romilda Villani, as well as herself post-22. The script also gives Sophia a third role. It seems Romilda entered a Garbo lookalike contest in Naples in 1932—and, of course, won. With careful makeup, Loren looks the part. But no amount of greasepaint can transform John Gavin, who will appear as Loren's onetime love, Cary Grant.
Meat Loaf seemed to be hurling a curse instead of a ball, and indeed his rivals, the Tubes, were condemned to defeat, 13 to 6, after the rock singer retired 11 in a row in a Central Park softball game. The 260-pound Loaf once played American Legion ball in Dallas. He now sponsors a team bearing his name in the Broadway Show League, and two other softball clubs in New York. He also coaches Little League near his home in Stamford, Conn. When wife Leslie has their first child next January, says Meat, "I don't care if it's a boy or a girl, as long as it's a shortstop."
Mrs. N's palace
"Motherhood, grandmotherhood and great-grandmotherhood are sometimes for the birds," sculptor Louise Nevelson once said. But at 80, apparently mellowed, she gathered around her at the Whitney Museum opening of her new show two of her granddaughters, Elsbeth Nevelson (left) and Neith Macknight (right), and Neith's daughter Essa. On display were five room-size works created by the artist since 1955. One, titled Mrs. N's Palace, seemed an appropriate description for the Whitney as the regal Nevelson shook hands and graciously accepted homage. "It's music to my ears," she murmured.
Kaz makes it brief
Ron Leibman, who replaced Tony Curtis in Neil Simon's Broadway hit I Ought to Be in Pictures before it came to Broadway, is again following in Curtis' spikes. In 1959 Tony wore women's clothing to hilarious effect in Some Like It Hot. Now in the movie Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy, Leibman plays a military school martinet who somehow—don't ask for specifics—finds himself clad in Frederick's of Hollywood-type lingerie. TV's Kaz, whose forte has never been farce, felt uncomfortable, but not professionally. "Couldn't someone get me extra-large?" wailed Leibman. "The bra is cutting me under the armpits."