Sinking his toes into the pliant sands of Baler Beach must have brought back memories for actor Robert Duvall. It's been four years since he stormed the strand as Col. William Kilgore, Apocalypse Now's gung-ho air cavalry commander who led his men into battle as Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries blared from the helicopters' speakers. In the Philippines to attend the Manila Film Festival, Duvall and his wife of six months, Gail, traveled 185 miles for a peaceful romp on the now placid plage.
B.B.'s Grace note
It was a chance encounter for the disco diva and the blues master. Ultra-chic Grace Jones, 30, had just taped an interview for a USA cable variety show in Manhattan, and B.B. King, 57, was about to do the same. Grace asked after B.B.'s famous guitar, Lucille ("She's sleeping," reported King), and after trading compliments, the two went their separate ways. King is awaiting the release of a new album called Blues 'N Jazz and is currently on a U.S. tour. Jones is basking in the success of her most recent album, at present a hot seller in Europe. It's called Living My Life, which is exactly what she's been doing with the help of Australian martial arts champion Hans Lundgren since she split from her husband, artist Jean-Paul Goude, last November.
Congress may never say "I do" to David Stockman's proposals, but he and Jennifer Blei, 28, an IBM sales exec, reached another kind of agreement when they wed at Washington's Hay-Adams Hotel. Though few budget cuts were visible—the 140 guests sipped champagne and nibbled on caviar—all that may change when Jennifer takes charge of the Stockman finances. As David, 36, told the National Press Club, "After two years of rounding to the nearest billion dollars, Jennifer has concluded that I don't have the accuracy to handle the checkbook."
Billy and his new belle
Since his separation from wife Elizabeth last year, Billy Joel has placed more than a nylon curtain between himself and the press. But it was an unusually amiable Joel who greeted paparazzi when he arrived at a Manhattan party for the Rolling Stones after a screening of their new movie, Let's Spend the Night Together. His companion for the evening, lovely Lee Ann Franklin, was more than half the cause of all the popping bulbs. But Billy squired her through the buzzing throng with an air of nonchalance. Said he: "What's all the fuss about?"