Star Tracks

updated 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

Sobering experience
Andrea McArdle celebrated her 18th birthday with former Annie co-star Sandy and her first legal drink (champagne) at Manhattan's St. Regis-Sheraton, where she is doing an Irving Berlin revue called They Say It's Wonderful. Things weren't so wonderful five days later when a 23-year-old deaf-mute was arrested in the hotel while seeking out McArdle. A .22-caliber rifle and a number of letters mentioning the actress were found in his car.

Bobby Jr.'s riding high
The Kennedy family is used to backing winners, but they are anything but blasé about victory. When Robert Jr., 27, a third-year law student at the University of Virginia, and his team, the Foxfield Four, finished first out of about 20 entries in a grueling test for fox hunters in The Plains, Va., the Kennedy clan erupted with delight. "They were whooping and hollering when we crossed the finish line," reports Bobby Jr.'s teammate Connie Dempsey. "You'd have thought we'd won the Kentucky Derby."

Hamlisch's hug
Although they've been dating for months, songwriter Marvin Hamlisch, 37, and Cyndy Garvey, 32, the estranged wife of Dodger star Steve, have been inordinately discreet. Cyndy recently quit her TV talk show in L.A. and, with Marvin at her side, quietly enrolled the Garvey kids in a posh private school in Manhattan. But at the Broadway opening of Crimes of the Heart, the pair were caught in a run-in with paparazzi.

Family reunion
It may sound like a farfetched bit of California Dreamin', but the Mamas and the Papas are back. Half of them, at least. Papa John Phillips recruited daughter Mackenzie, left, to take ex-wife Michelle's place, and Spanky McFarlane (of Spanky and Our Gang) will replace the late Cass Elliott. Original Papa Denny Doherty, right, rounds out the '81 edition of the foursome. Together, they caught a dance contest at Manhattan's Rainbow Room, cut a demo and hope to release an album next March. Observed Mackenzie, "I feel like I've been groomed for this job since I was 5."

The Brady bunch
President Reagan's press secretary, James S. Brady, who was partially paralyzed by a would-be assassin's bullet last March, made a triumphant return to the White House and was cheered by his boss and the First Lady. The occasion was the opening of the redecorated pressroom in the West Wing. "I miss you," Brady told the roomful of reporters before correcting himself: "I miss most of you."

Chew on that
Monty Python member Terry Gilliam offered to let Shelley Duvall bite the hand that fed her at the Manhattan premiere of their movie, Time Bandits. Gilliam, who produced, directed and co-wrote the sci-fi fantasy, which stars Duvall, was giving her a chance to get even for an accident during filming. While demonstrating a fall in a scene on the Titanic, he had landed square on Duvall's back. At the party Shelley declined to chomp on Gilliam's digit. She nipped his nose instead.

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