The Hemingways are a close-knit family, but what's this? Mariel and her mother, Puck, were clicking away in a Manhattan hotel room. The 20-year-old actress was in the Big Apple promoting her latest picture, Personal Best, in which she plays a pentathlon competitor. After a year of training, she became adept at doing the high jump, 100-meter hurdles and the shot put. But she's a long way from being a gold-medal knitter. Mariel is hoping her maiden effort will turn out to be a camisole—for herself. "I don't want to give the first thing I make to someone else," she says, "in case it turns out badly."
Having won a Grammy last year, Stephanie Mills should be used to easin' on down the road to victory, but she still looked shocked when she took an American Music Award as favorite female soul vocalist. Mills expected 15-year-old Stacy (Love on a Two Way Street) Lattisaw to win "because she's so talented and young." After all, it's seven years since Stephanie, a grand old lady of 24, starred as Dorothy in the Broadway production of The Wiz. Mills, who's divorcing her rocker husband of one year, Jeffrey Daniels, was escorted by a former Wiz cast member, Sophisticated Ladies tap sensation Gregg Burge.
Jillian goes West
She tested for the TV-movie role of Marilyn Monroe, but lost out to Catherine Hicks. Now Ann (Making a Living) Jillian, 31, will play the original blond bombshell in an ABC-TV production, Mae West, airing in May. James Brolin, 41, is her manager and principal lover in the movie. It chronicles West's career from her eight-day imprisonment in 1927 for "corrupting youth" with her Broadway show Sex to her glittering return to the Great White Way 22 years later in Diamond Lil. "No one is more suited to play Mae than Ann," says producer Leonard Hill. "She's bold and brassy, just like Mae."
Mugging with his ninth novel, The Dean's December, in a Chicago bookstore, 66-year-old Saul Bellow hardly looked the part of a Nobel laureate. Perhaps the hometown author was just administering a tongue-lashing to the critics who gave the book lukewarm reviews.
Golden girl Pia
Backed by her wealthy husband, Meshulam Riklis, Pia Zadora, 25, has acted on Broadway, pitched Dubonnet on TV and co-headlined in Las Vegas. Now Riklis has set her up as a movie star. With Butterfly, her newly released flick, she qualified as one of the six nominees for New Star of the Year at the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. The competition was tough, however—from Howard Rollins and Elizabeth McGovern of Ragtime to Body Heat's Kathleen Turner—so Pia was as astonished as anyone when she walked off with the prize. "I'm floating on air," cooed the actress, like the lithe lepidopteran she is.
Lena's pas de deux
"Lena Home has not only captured Broadway with her music and song but, as you can see, her dancing will thrill you too." Such was the assessment of Arthur Mitchell, 47, the Dance Theatre of Harlem's founder and co-director. A former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, Mitchell mixed it up with Broadway's hottest ticket at a reception following his troupe's performance at Manhattan's City Center. Lena honed her swing technique on the chorus line of the Cotton Club in Harlem during the '30s. Attending the reception with her daughter, Gail Lumet, Home had good reason to strut her stuff: Mitchell's dance troupe had earlier presented her with an award for her contributions to the arts.
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