When tough interview Chevy Chase appeared on Toni Tennille's new talk show, Toni proved her mettle as a philosopher if not as a talk show hostess. Chase, who had fussily insisted on no studio audience and no pre-airtime interview, came out with "some facetious answer" to her first question, then rolled downhill from there. "I was as straight and honest as I could be and just let him make a fool of himself, which he did," recounts Tennille. "He wants to be very enfant terrible, everybody's bad boy." So he got to her, then? Not really. "I realized that even though he was being unpleasant, it was good television."
Babes in the Wood
Princess Margaret is reportedly in a huff about it, but her 19-year-old son David, Viscount Linley has passed up higher education at Oxford or Cambridge to study woodworking. He has the full support of his creatively bent father, Lord Snowdon, the photographer. At Parnham House, a medieval Plantagenet manor, Linley has begun a two-year apprenticeship that will teach him to build and finish the kind of fine furniture that runs in the four figures. Parnham House head John Makepeace says Linley has "settled in well." Meanwhile the late Peter Sellers' son, Michael, 26 (who plans to contest his father's will, which leaves virtually everything to his last wife), is doing the kind of carpentry that involves installing kitchen cabinets. "Michael did not want to be an actor," says a friend. "He had an aptitude for practical things."
When Robert Redford acts too much like the big shot he is, wife Lola and the Redford offspring have a way of bringing Dad back to the way he was. "Whenever I snap my fingers for a cab, or say, 'Everyone, follow me,' they sing, 'Robert Redford, superstar, who the hell do you think you are?' " (to the tune of the line from Jesus Christ Superstar). Redford admits by now everybody knows the routine so well that "They've got it down to a hum."
Rollin' Real Estate
Rocker Suzi Quatro turned 30 last June and is making the requisite domestic adjustments. She and her backup bandleader hubby, Len Tuckey, have bought a quarter-million-dollar manor house, with moat, in the English countryside, close to his parents. The $40-a-week London room where they started their married life is "no bigger than one of our three bathrooms" in the new place, sighs Suzi. They need the space for the "bunch of musician kids" they're hoping to bring forth. "We're no Lord Leonard and Lady Susan," she says, explaining why they "feel strange" about eating at the inlaid mahogany table in the dining room. "We usually breakfast in the kitchen and eat dinner in front of the telly."
To Tell the Truth
When Roy Scheider's wife, Cynthia, was a guest on a New York radio talk show, hostess Candy Jones expected the usual show business chitchat. Instead, film editor Cynthia (Breaking A way) cut to the perils of life chez Scheider. When Jones asked how many years they'd been married, Cynthia said it was 19, but with several separations. "I can't even count them," she went on in a freshet of frankness, "but I decided I might as well stick to it because if by now Mr. Right hasn't come along, he never will."
•Shirley Bassey, the Welsh-born singer, says she'll never play the world-famous Red Cross Gala in Monaco again. "The audience is just dreadful," she moans. "They clap slowly because they are so loaded down with jewelry—and they check to see if the Prince and Princess are clapping first. By the time they've done that, I'm into my next song."
•Larry Hagman may be fresh out of the operating room as J.R. in Dallas, but in real life he's just cut his first country & Western single. "It makes me nervous," jokes his wife, Maj. "The only woman I've ever worried about in 25 years is Dolly Parton. He'd run off with her in a minute."