04/26/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT
Ashley gets Buffetted
She's playing a psychiatrist in Broadway's convent drama Agnes of God, so Elizabeth Ashley has no qualms about analyzing her samba-style dip into the arms of singer Jimmy (Margaritaville) Buffett, 35. "He's like my baby brother," explains Ashley, 42, whose old boyfriend, writer Tom (Nobody's Angel) McGuane, later married Buffett's sister Laurie. Jimmy, recently touring to promote his Somewhere Over China LP, came to New York to see Ashley and to tape a cameo appearance on ABC's All My Children. Quoth Liz, who is divorced from her third husband, Jim McCarthy, "When one of us is nailed down in a hot gig, generally, the other comes running."
The character he plays in Cat People is part panther, yet Malcolm McDowell, 38, admits, "I loathe cats." Nevertheless, before he crept out of New York on little you-know-whats to join wife Mary Steenburgen on the Florida location of Cross Creek, which they're shooting together, he bought a stuffed kitten for their 15-month-old daughter, Lilly Amanda. But then Malcolm took a preemptory bite out of the creature first. Isn't that the cat's pajamas?
Wet noses, warm Heart
It isn't a dog's life for Wombie, the 4-year-old mutt belonging to Nancy Wilson (right) of the musical group Heart. Wombie got her licks in at the Big Apple studio where Nancy, 28, and sister Ann, 31, put the finishing touches on their first album in almost two years, Private Audition. Returning to their Northwest base, Ann sang the National Anthem at the Seattle Mariners' home opener last week. Next month the Wilsons are off on a world tour to promote the LP, but Wombie won't be making the trip—doggone it.
An American in Paris
After giving a deposition last month before the trial of President Reagan's assailant, John Hinckley, 19-year-old Jodie Foster decided to get away from it all in the City of Light. Besides taking in the sights and sounds (and smells) of the Seine, she's been busy promoting her 1980 movie Carny, which just had its French premiere. Jodie will spend the summer as an intern at Esquire magazine before returning to Yale University in the fall.
Lena takes a turn
Was Brooke Shields
awed when she visited Lena Home backstage after her one-woman Broadway show? Not a bit. Brooke, a junior at New Jersey's Dwight Englewood School, asked Lena to turn her 1983 class ring 83 times on her finger for good luck. Home, 64, obliged. Did it work? Well, Brooke's next Broadway date was with Pirates of Penzance star Patrick Cassidy, 20. She met Patrick's mother, Shirley Jones, following a Pirates performance, and Brooke and Patrick mooned along together later at another show, Dreamgirls.
Julie's animal appeal
Onlookers may have been tempted to ask "Who is that masked man?" but there was no mistaking the lovely lady to his right. In the last year Julie Christie has made five films. In addition to her anti-nuke group (called PANDORA—People Against Nuclear Dumping on Rural Areas), Christie is an opponent of animal abuse by science and the military. At the London opening of a documentary that she narrates, she was joined by a member of the Northern Animals Liberation League. He kept his identity under wraps because of his group's involvement in various acts of civil disobedience.