They won't be a family of two much longer, trumpeted David Frost and his wife, Lynne Frederick, who is also Peter Sellers' widow. They've just announced that a blessed event is on the way. Before flying to New York to host a week of Good Morning America, David toasted Lynne at a private first-anniversary dinner at the Hyde Park Hotel. To keep the public from ruining their intimacy, Frost rented the entire ballroom but had only one table set for two. The room, the meal, the champagne and the claret ran to almost $2,000. But then, they didn't have to pay a baby-sitter, yet.
The Qaddafi Caper
Forget the rumor about glamorous Princess Ira von Furstenburg, 41, having an interest in Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi. (Ira, you recall, married Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe-Langenburg at 15, and after that the late Brazilian playboy Baby Pignatari.) Though the international set is abuzz with news of this oddest of couples, Ira's closest chums insist it's all falafel. "While Ira's voracious appetite for men is in no way dimmed by the onset of middle age," said one, "she does not go for Arabs in general and certainly not for someone like Qaddafi—even supposing Qaddafi would be interested in her, which is even more questionable." Oh well, who's next? Ira and Idi Amin?
Poking some not-so-subtle fun at the federal government, Sen. Alan Cranston of California told this tale of bureaucratic ineptitude. A Louisiana citizen wrote to HUD asking for help with the development of his property. HUD responded: "We have observed that you have not traced the title prior to 1803. Before final approval, it will be necessary that the title be traced previously to that year." The landowner, exhibiting remarkable control, shot back, "Gentlemen: I am unaware that any educated man failed to know that Louisiana was purchased from France in 1803. The title of the land was acquired by France by right of conquest from Spain. The land came into possession of Spain in 1492 by right of discovery by an Italian sailor, Christopher Columbus. The good Queen Isabella took the precaution of receiving the blessing of the Pope.... The Pope is emissary of Jesus Christ, son of God. And God made the world. Therefore, I believe that it is safe to assume that He also made the part of the United States called Louisiana. And I hope to hell you're satisfied."
Among the things Ronald Reagan has been unable to do during his first year in office are sell his house in Pacific Palisades (asking price: $1.9 million) and stop his friends and staff from talking publicly about it. Finally, last month, a group of West Coast investors agreed to purchase the house for the asking price. Two days before their loan was to be approved, Reagan chum Justin Dart was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying that the President would let the place go for a mere million if he had to. The potential buyers immediately backed out, of course.
•A hint for the hostess: Don't play Frank Sinatra music when OI' Blue Eyes himself stops by. "I don't listen to my own records," he insists, "either in my own home or at somebody else's. If I'm visiting friends, I tell them that if they play my records, I'll go home."
•After appearing on a Chicago talk show, G. Gordon Liddy asked to use a telephone. He was pointed toward a conference room which turned out to be locked. "Sorry, I can't help you," the former Watergate burglar cracked to the station's press coordinator, who was struggling with the door. "I didn't bring my tools."
•Before she hit it big in Three's Company, Suzanne Somers filmed nine pilots in one year. "When people asked me what I did for a living," she says, "I told them, 'I do pilots.' They all thought I was a stewardess."