After completing a five-year million-dollar contract to push Fabergé's Babe perfume, Margaux Hemingway, 25, retired to lead the life of a French housewife in the Paris suburb of Maisons-Laffitte. But she looked anything but when she showed up with her husband, filmmaker Bernard Foucher, at a lavish salute to the late director Luchino Visconti at Paris' Opera House. Blazing with $1.5 million worth of Harry Winston's diamonds("my artillery, "she proclaimed), in a pastel Nina Ricci gown, Margaux astounded the Parisian grande dame who just hours before had rebuffed a jeans-clad Hemingway when she tried to strike up a conversation at a hairdresser's. Sniffed marvelous Margaux, "I hate snobs."
E.L. Doctorow has won such good notices for his new novel Loon Lake that, despite his fascination with words and hidden meanings, he had no qualms about getting the bird at his Random House publication party. Of the wood carving of the book's namesake fowl, sculpted by his neighbors Bob and Edith Hand of Sag Harbor, L.I., he said, "I thought it was alive." Carried away by his novelist's imagination, Doctorow later asserted it had taken up residence in the cove behind his Sag Harbor house, "where it catches fish and gives off that uncanny loon cry." Fact is, it's on his mantel.
Anderson rocks Todd
Rocker Todd Rundgren believes it is "the duty of the artistic community to better the world"—but how? He figures one step toward Utopia (which happens to be the name of Rundgren's band) is getting John Anderson elected President. Rundgren studied Anderson's platform and decided they pretty much see eye to eye. But when they met in New York to map strategy, they were not quite ear to ear. Anderson told Rundgren he feared loud rock was hazardous to his children's hearing. Nonetheless Todd agreed to stage fund-raising concerts for the strapped candidate anyway.
China doll Lola
The pretty blonde deftly wielding chopsticks on the cold sesame-and-spinach noodles was not one of the Ordinary People but Robert Redford's wife, Lola, enjoying her turn in the spotlight after Robert's triumph as a movie director. She served as honorary chairwoman of a lavish party at Bloomingdale's in New York to promote Chinese products. Slides were shown of her April visit to the mainland to study children's needs, and the benefit helped UNICEF raise more than $35,000.
Patty is expecting
Patty Hearst's trials are behind her now that California has lopped off the rest of her probation term. She occasionally works as dog handler at the Prion Animal Institute in San Carlos, helping train beagles to sniff out termites. The big news is that Patty, 26, and her husband, Bernard Shaw, 35, are expecting their first child in May. Shaw says he's not concerned about the sex of the baby, Randolph Hearst's first grandchild. "But Patty's father would probably like a boy," notes Bernie, "because he has five girls."