Nobody knows better than Elizabeth Taylor, 50, that the course of true love never did run smooth. But she wasn't perorating on star-crossed love to leotarded actors in the Young Shakespeare Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at London's Old Vic Theatre. Liz was just spreading some Stardust of her own. The show needed it, having lost its sponsor and been delayed for two weeks. Outdoing Puck at the belated opening-night party, Taylor "was enchanting," noted a theater spokesman.
Newman's Devo diet
He may look and act the automaton onstage, but away from his industrial rock group, Devo, all-too-human foibles (including pasta) seem well within the grasp of singer/ guitarist Mark Mothersbaugh. He and former Saturday Night Live star Laraine Newman got a breath of fresh air after pigging out at the trendy Spago Restaurant on L.A.'s Sunset Strip. "We both love to eat tremendous amounts of food," explained Newman, which, considering her noodle-thin frame, is a Devolutionary diet concept.
Mary's Supreme effort
You Can't Hurry Love was among the old favorites that former Supreme Mary Wilson, 38, sang at a benefit for the Alvin Ailey troupe at Manhattan's Red Parrot disco. But she and soul singer Rick (Super Freak) James, 30, weren't rushing into anything amorous (though James, also a Motown producer, did try to sweet-talk her into a record deal). Instead, Wilson, who's been soloing in Europe, saved her "baby love" for Broadway's Dreamgirls (loosely based on the Supremes), which she "absolutely adored."
Priscilla horses around
It's been a real merry-go-round on the set of Three's Company this past year. First Suzanne Somers was evicted after a salary dispute, Jenilee Harrison moved in and out, and now Priscilla Barnes is jockeying for stardom as John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt's newest housemate. So it made perfect horse sense on a recent promo trip to New York for Priscilla to head straight for the Central Park carousel, where she wolfed down a hot dog and took a splintery sidesaddle ride. "I'm terrified of horses," she confessed. "This is the only kind I can handle."
JFK Jr.'s passing fancy
Though he's only a second-or third-team rugby player at Brown University, John F. Kennedy Jr., 21, was in Heisman Trophy form as he took to a campus field with friends for that traditional Kennedy family pastime, touch football. The impromptu game followed a Graham (Squeezing Out Sparks) Parker concert which the junior American-history major attended with his girlfriend, senior Sally Munro. "Stick with me, baby, and you'll go places," Kennedy joked to Munro as he rushed into the game, but Sally sagely stuck to the sidelines.