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updated 07/14/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/14/1980 01:00AM

Fun with Tom and Jane
Jane Fonda's trip to Israel to raise money for the Haifa Theater was no barrel of laughs. First she tumbled down the stairs in her host's house and broke her ankle. Then, when she saw U.S. Ambassador Samuel Lewis, he reminded her that they'd met years ago when she was a "naughty brat" of 11 whose parents "kept telling us how problematic you were." Next Fonda's 11-year-old daughter, Vanessa, by director Roger Vadim, visited a kibbutz and decided she wanted to stay, presumably, said Jane, because "children there live separately from their parents." Finally, the press tailed the couple so relentlessly that Israeli police shot out the front tire on one pushy photographer's car, jarring the pacifist Haydens. Who could blame Jane for feeling snappish when a local reporter asked her opinion of Ronald Reagan as President? "Terrible," she said. "He was a lousy actor, and I think he'll be a lousy President."

Mr. America
Lincoln George Brown might not be everybody's first choice for Kentucky's First Baby, but parents Governor John Y. and Phyllis George Brown think it "a great American name." Actually, Baby Line, 3 weeks old, lucked out: The Browns were also considering Tyler and Denton. "We started with Kyle," said the governor. "We were going to nickname him Ky for Kentucky."

I'm No Angel
Starlet Tanya Roberts got the part, but Phyllis Diller made no secret of her serious campaign to be the Charlie's Angel who would replace Shelley Hack. "I thought they should have me to make the other two look more gorgeous," sniffed Phyl, who at one point had a crew of six beauty experts come in to overhaul her for an ABC banquet where she'd bump into Angels producer Aaron Spelling. Though the job offer never came, Diller is taking defeat gratefully. At Tanya's age (25), she said, "I had it all." Except height. "Every time I go for a facelift," she says, "I tell my surgeon I want to be taller. But no matter how much he lifts, I'm still five-foot-three."

Pre-Games Check-up
The director of the International Olympic Committee, Monique Berlioux, brings back this observation after a pre-Games visit to Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev: "He was not half as decrepit or senile as the Western press makes him out to be. He kept on banging the table and referring to Carter as 'that hopeless case.' Only when he had to get up and walk around, he seemed to have problems with his sense of direction."

Dawn Breaks
Telma Hopkins, once half of Tony Orlando's Dawn, has now revealed how she and Joyce Vincent Wilson, the other half, helped Orlando polish his ego and image in the early days. "When we used to play Vegas, Tony would have us page him in the lobby or the casino. He'd get up, walk across the room and act like it was some important call. And people would say, 'Hey, that's him, isn't it?' " Telma, who's about to co-star in ABC's upcoming series Bosom Buddies, is philosophical about the old gang breaking up. "Things happen, people get divorces, and we got one, that's all," she shrugs.

Furthermore

•Password's host, Allen Ludden, says he's given up producing game shows, but is keeping his office open while he goes to landscaping school in L.A., with an eye on a license and a new business in Carmel, Calif., where he and wife Betty White are building a home. Explains the longtime marigold freak: "I'll probably be the only student at Pierce College to have a secretary for my homework."

•Lots of Americans get gummy-brained when meeting the Queen of England, and none more so than singer Glen Campbell. Reminisces Glen: "I'd seen her face on so many stamps that I wanted to lick the back of her head."

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