07/20/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT
After his movie debut in the 1979 Western Cattle Annie and Little Britches, Steven Ford explained his thespian bent thus: "The two and one-half years I spent being a President's son was acting in itself." Now Gerald and Betty's boy has signed a four-year contract to play Andy, the bartender, on CBS's soap The Young and the Restless—in titillating proximity to Melody Thomas (left), as a stripteaser. "There are some steamy scenes coming up," grins Steven. "I may not be able to give my mother the air dates."
"Where are they?" worried the doorman at Xenon. "The cake is melting." The birthday (25) girl, Jerry Hall, had been most happily delayed, rocking with the Rolling Stones. First the head Stone, Mick Jagger, feted his favorite Texas model at a videotaping gig at St. Mark's Bar and Grill in Manhattan's East Village. Then it was on to a Peking duck dinner at Mr. Chow's restaurant, and only at 3 a.m. to the ice-cream cake (still edible) and boogeying at the disco. Like the Stones' next album, tentatively titled Tattoo You, the evening was indelible. Sighed Jerry: "A wonderful birthday."
What's up, Teddy?
If a man is judged by the company he keeps, cart R & B's Teddy Pendergrass, 31, to the nuthouse. Still, Teddy's toast to oversized Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny at New York's Hotel St. Moritz was heartfelt. The Philadelphia-based singer fell for the Looney Tuners while watching them on TV with Teddy Jr., 6; now Dad takes along cartoon cassettes while on tour. "It means a lot to Teddy Jr. that I'm interested in what he likes," observes Pendergrass. "It gives him a real feeling of being a person and not just a kid."
It appeared, as Sophia Loren picked up her sons, Carlo Jr., 12, and Eduardo, 8, from private school in Paris, as though the youngsters knew that her 24-year marriage to Italian film producer Carlo Ponti, 67, who has just bought a 12-room apartment in Geneva, is on the rocks. Loren, 46, and Dr. Etienne-Emile Baulieu, 54, a French cancer specialist and Gregory Peck look-alike with a wife of 33 years and three children, rendezvous regularly in his suburban Neuilly apartment.
Suzy's top dog
"I've graduated from Chap Stick and got my Ph.D.—Professional Hot Dog," quipped Suzy Chaffee, 34, as well known for her lip shtik as her slaloms. The flashy hotdog skier and 1968 U.S. Olympic star is the new media symbol of the frankfurter industry, replacing a team that included Meadowlark Lemon and Pete Rose. Relishing her new roll, Suzy threw a wiener wingding in her Manhattan apartment, philosophizing between bites, "It's a dog-eat-dog world."