In like Flynn
Peter O'Toole swept across the desert as Lawrence of Arabia and last season battered his way into Masada on ABC; now he is leading a new, more conservatively garbed charge—through New York's Central Park. In My Favorite Year O'Toole plays a flamboyant '50s matinee idol. In one scene he commandeers the horse of a mounted policeman, sweeps a comely companion into the saddle à la Errol Flynn and races across the park to Belvedere Castle. "It's not bad, as period pieces go," says Irishman O'Toole, 49. "The '50s is a too often overlooked time in the city's past."
Dean Martin has fallen into the clutches of designing women before. But he hardly minded the affectionate grip of Gina Martin, 25, the youngest of his three children by ex-wife Jeanne (they divorced in 1972). A former Ice Capades skater and TV production assistant, Gina's now a custom belt designer. So her amicably split parents and Giorgio's boutique in Beverly Hills co-hosted a party to kick off her new line. The belts, which have buckles plated with silver or 18-karat gold, cost up to $450. Dad, a size 34, was proud but, well, wry in his praise: "This," he declared, "is the first belt I've ever touched that I didn't drink."
Protecting her Rod and staff
Rod Stewart had just helped Saturday Night Live begin its new season in New York, matching his hot legs with Tina Turner and singing his latest hit, The Young Turks. Then with several hundred pals he cooled off with a party at Studio 54. Wife Alana, who clearly thinks Rod's still sexy, apparently wasn't in the mood to share and Cher alike. What was that sweet nothing she was whispering in hubby's ear? Maybe the name of her baby-sitter back in Holmby Hills, where the women are neighbors and the Stewarts, married since 1979, have been raising Alana Kimberly, 2, and Sean Roderick, 1.
Getting an earful, but not from TV hubby George
When George Jefferson fires his verbal potshots, Isabel (Louise Jefferson) Sanford knows better than to flinch. But armed with a contract to pitch Yoplait Yogurt, Sanford had to fire the starting gun for the women's division of the company's 50-kilometer cycling race in Playa del Rey, Calif. So Sanford plugged up her ear and, as she put it, "gave it my best shot. But I was terrified."
The Waldorf at 50
Ginger Rogers (left) starred in the 1945 film Weekend at the Waldorf, the MGM remake of its 1932 Grand Hotel. Hotel magnate Barron Hilton's father, Conrad, bought the Park Avenue hotel back in 1949. And Mrs. Douglas Mac Arthur has lived there for 30 years. So what better trio to lead 1,000 invited guests in lustily singing Happy Birthday at the Waldorf-Astoria's 50th-anniversary party?
Love Boat Fantasy
No, the Love Boat had not run aground on Fantasy Island; but crew member Doc, played by Bernie Kopell, left, and Ricardo Montalban were together, if not entirely stranded, at the Bistro in Beverly Hills. Along with their ex-actress wives, Yolanda, left, and Georgiana, they helped launch ABC's two-hour TV special, Love Boat: The Musical, due early '82, featuring Cab Calloway and Ethel Merman.
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