His Mork character has been eclipsed by yet another extraterrestrial, but that's fine with Robin Williams. After the L.A. premiere of his The World According to Garp, the film's star turned up at Yesterdays restaurant and chatted with Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward at a post-screening benefit, which raised $100,000 for the Scott Newman Foundation. The Newmans formed the anti-drug abuse foundation after his eldest son (by first wife Jacqueline Witte) died of an overdose in 1978. Williams, 30, was with John Belushi on the night he died of an overdose and, reported his attorney, is "cooperating with the inquiry."
Hart on the mend
"Totally erroneous," scoffs Robert (Hart to Hart) Wagner's publicist about those rumors that R.J. may wed actress Jill St. John at Christmas, 13 months after wife Natalie Wood's tragic death. Nonetheless, they've been seen about together and quietly toasted matrimony as Frank and Barbara Sinatra celebrated their sixth anniversary with a gala dinner at Chasen's in Beverly Hills. Also along: the Cary Grants, the Milton Berles and the Kirk Douglases. Frank cut through a banana cream cake, held Barbara's hand, and softly crooned True Love.
You bet it was ghastly playing the fourth (!) remake of Phantom of the Opera. I had to follow in the muddy footsteps of Lon Chaney, Claude Rains and Herbert Lom. At least in the CBS version, which you can see next season with Jane Seymour and Michael York, I didn't have to run through the sewers because we filmed in caves under a Budapest brewery. But I wasn't spared the ghoulish makeup (five hours' worth!) or the fatal plunge from an opera house chandelier. So relieved it's done. These days I'm all wrapped up playing Everyman at the Salzburg Festival, where I'm better known as Maximilian Schell.
Ruffles and flourishes
When Zsa Zsa Gabor floated within camera range of Lola Falana at a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at L.A.'s Century Plaza Hotel, the two of them commanded more floor space, air rights and curious stares than ordinary ladies do. Zsa Zsa, 63ish, wearing a Pierre Balmain gown, exchanged effusive compliments with Lola, 37ish, who designed her own white chiffon. Snitched her date and manager, Joe Schenk, "Lola actually sewed some of it herself."