When he's not playing Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone, 36, enjoys the fights from the other side of the ropes. Ringside with buddy Burt Reynolds, 46, at the West Palm Beach (Fla.) Municipal Auditorium, Stallone cheered on his heavyweight protégé, Lee (Paradise Alley) Canalito, 28, who kayoed Argentinian Luis Acosta two minutes and 20 seconds into the first round. After his gloves were cut off, the 246-pound Canalito exuberantly presented one to Stallone and the other to Reynolds. "There goes another $90," fretted promoter Ernie Letiziano, who wouldn't divulge Canalito's cut of the $50,000 card. "I wasn't going to fight him for the gloves. I'm a little guy." But Letiziano, a former welterweight from South Philly, isn't worried anymore: "Sly promised he'd pay me back."
Tanya Tucker says she's been going through Changes (which happens to be the title of her new album) since she broke up with Glen Campbell last year. But Tanya, 23, seemed in fine fettle on a visit to New York, where she worked out at the One-to-One health club. By night, she partied with singer Andy Gibb, 24, and boxer Gerry Cooney, 25, who are recovering from bouts with actress Victoria Principal and heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, respectively. "Tanya had a two-night stand with Cooney and a three-night stand with Gibb," tattles her publicist. Confirms Tanya's mother, Juanita, who lives near Nashville: "Tanya called from New York at 4 a.m., and this man said, 'Hello, Mama Tucker. This is Gerry Cooney.' I talked with Andy Gibb one morning too. It was real exciting."
She's bowed out as Broadway's Woman of the Year, but Lauren Bacall, 57, was certainly Mom of the Hour at a postpremiere party for Paul Mazursky's film Tempest aboard the Manhattan party boat Peking. Flanked by sons Sam Robards (right), 20, who makes his debut in Tempest, and Stephen Bogart, 33, a TV producer, Bacall was all smiles until a photographer requested a shot with the live goats brought on board for the party. Bellowed Bacall: "You go with the goats."
Battle of the bulge
No, Olivia de Havilland, 66, and Valerie Perrine, 38, aren't auditioning for a Kung Fu movie. Martial arts are part of the regimen at the posh Sonoma Mission Inn spa, near San Francisco, where both actresses were registered in the $1,500-a-week weight-loss program. Says de Havilland, who has shed the 10 pounds she had put on for her role as the Queen Mum in CBS' upcoming The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana: "Plump suits the Queen Mother, but it doesn't suit me."
Mothers know best
If experience is the best teacher, women feeling bereft after their kids have grown up and left home should watch for an autumn episode of ABC's Happy Days. Entitled "Empty Nest," it will feature, as well as the show's star mum, Marion Ross (center), 53, those other maternal figures Harriet Nelson (left), 68, and Jane Wyatt, 70. Collectively, the trio have accumulated 441½ prime-time hours on Ozzie and Harriet, Happy Days and Father Knows Best dispensing motherly wisdom.