Six-term Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, though deceased, still keeps an eye on politics from the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. His statue, unveiled by his wife, Eleanor, on the statehouse steps before their seven children and 18 grandchildren, is, at 475 pounds, some 290 pounds heavier than Hizzoner was, although, at 5'9", the same height. It also boasts the same wry grin, generous jowls and outstretched hand. Sculptor Peter Fagan said he had tried to depict the mayor as a benevolent boss: "I wanted the figure to command the space around it, just as he did."
Lest fans fear he has forsaken his jerkhood by accepting a straight role in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis proved between takes in Manhattan that he's still the sovereign of slapstick, wielding clapper boards with typical haplessness. Portraying a TV talk show host kidnapped by an adoring emulator, Lewis was stranded on the sidewalk during filming when his abductor, co-star Robert De Niro, made off with the car. Though he has slimmed down since playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, De Niro did reappear in time for lunch.
Saturday Night Dead
John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, who tore up the screen as the Blues Brothers, are no less belligerent in their next film, Neighbors, in which they burn each other's houses down. Nor were they any gentler with another old neighborhood. While filming at the Sea View Hospital and Home on Staten Island, where the two signed autographs for patients, Belushi told one shut-in that the new Saturday Night Live was "not as good as the old show." So what's to look at? Suggested Samurai Critic: Second City TV.
For the eternally tomboyish granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, waiting in temporary quarters for a home to be built is a perfect excuse to live in a tepee. So model-actress Margaux Hemingway, back in her native Idaho from Paris, has pitched an 18-foot canvas job six miles out of Sun Valley, where she and filmmaker husband Bernard Foucher are building a place to move into permanently. The wigwam has a brass bed but no plumbing. Explains Margaux: "We have the nearby willows for an outhouse."
A leg up
Robin Williams, who has been working hard on the New York location of The World According to Garp, occasionally finds time to take his dancer wife, Valerie, out on the town and into the limelight. After catching the Hilly, Lili and Lulu trio giving Andrews Sisters treatment to oldies like Swinging on a Star (always dear to Orkian hearts) at Freddy's Restaurant in Manhattan, Williams lifted one of the family's shapelier gams and announced, "I'm getting my wife to do cheesecake pictures now."
It's the pits
Laid off during the baseball strike from his $350,000-a-year job as first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, Richie Hebner has gone back to the earth, working with his gravedigger father in West Roxbury, Mass. Well grounded in the trade from shoveling off-seasons at the cemetery to stay in shape, Hebner returned to the graves with enthusiasm. "I like being outdoors and I even enjoy the work," he explained. "But usually when I'm digging graves, it's November and all the leaves are gone."