Shiver Me Timbers! Hollywood Hits the Deck for the Popeye Premiere
Come as you is" read the invitations, and come they did, 1,500 strong, into Mann's Chinese Theater to catch a glimpse of the most famous sailor man since Coleridge's mariner ran into the albatross. The occasion was the Hollywood premiere of Robert Alt-man's Popeye, starring Ork's Robin Williams as the swabbie with the bulging forearms and the heart of gold and Shelley Duvall as his reedy lady love, Olive Oyl. Popeye's favorite vegetable—spinach—was everywhere. Williams wore a corsage of the wilted greens and gave Duvall a bouquet of the stuff. Not to be outdone, guests at the $150-a-ticket ($25 for kids) shindig that followed were treated to a menu featuring spinach salad, spinach quiche and mushrooms stuffed with the well-known potherb of the goosefoot family.
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