Sally Kellerman says she was a new bride when she met feminist Gloria Steinem. "I told Gloria, 'I love to cook. I want to serve my husband.' Five years later I found out I don't even like to cook." Now married to tax lawyer Jonathan Krane, Kellerman reports that her consciousness raising is complete. "I discovered my husband would love me even if I didn't cook," she says. "He hasn't gotten a meal since."
What's next for a soon-to-be ex-President? Jimmy Carter will write his memoirs, but he also tossed around ideas for a second book with some fishing cronies in Pennsylvania. Why not a book on fly-fishing, joked one. No, chorused the informal advisers. Something in collaboration with Defense Secretary Harold Brown? An analysis of the modern Presidency? America in the year 2000? Finally Jimmy looked around and allowed, "The more we talk, the more a book on fly-fishing sounds like a bestseller."
Down the Tube
Pittsburgh Symphony conductor André Previn was taking a break from a recording session with violinist Itzhak Perlman on a recent Friday when a symphony official broke in with an emergency request. Ticket holders had been calling all day, she said, begging the orchestra to present guest artist Perlman first that evening so they could leave at intermission. "They all want to see who shot J.R.," the official explained. "Who would do such a thing?" scoffed a piqued Previn. Well, there's Perlman's wife, Toby, for starters. "I hate to tell you," she confessed to Previn, "but I'm not coming tonight."
Heaven Must Walt
The original budget estimate was $12 million but by the time director Michael Cimino had finished Heaven's Gate, he had spent $36 million. Then the three-hour-39-minute Western was savaged by critics and taken off the market for re-editing. It was a fiasco of unprecedented dimensions. One last-minute expense was only a pittance by comparison, but it was cruel: It cost United Artists $100,000 to cancel parties, take out ads and send Mailgrams to the press and studio executives to let them know that the movie was being yanked.
The Royal No-Show
"This is a man you'll forgive and forgive as long as you live," goes a lyric from The King and I. The most memorable king is, of course, Yul Brynner, who can behave less than forgivably himself. After agreeing to appear on Good Morning America last month, Brynner asked ABC to pay half of his air fare from Paris on the expensive Concorde. Then he suggested that since he has an apartment in New York, they should give him the money for the hotel room they otherwise would have booked. He also asked that a white Rolls carry him to the studio instead of the usual black limo. Having turned down the other requests, GMA was hard at work on the Rolls when Brynner canceled out 24 hours before his appearance. Nobody around ABC was whistling a happy tune that day.
•Katharine Hepburn, 71, will open next January in Denver in a new play, The Last Waltz. The show is to run concurrently with a Hepburn film festival. So that audiences won't be confused, the legit marquee will read "In Person/On Stage." Just a euphemism, cracks Kate. "You mean 'Still Alive.' "
•Lecturing at the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-wing think tank in Washington, author William Styron told his audience, "I read to my bemusement that Nancy Reagan has chosen Sophie's Choice as one of her favorite books. I mentioned this to my wife, and she mentioned something about divorce. I don't want to make too much of this. But...it did shake me."