Andy ex machina
Students of pop culture may never be able to figure out what makes artist Andy Warhol tick, but his robotic clone-in-the-making is another matter: It has scores of joints, swivels and pistons, some 1,000 feet of pneumatic tubing and polyurethane skin. The Andy-roid, for which Warhol posed, is the handiwork of California electronics whiz Alvaro Villa, 42. At a cost of $400,000, it is being made for producer Lewis (My One and Only) Allen, who plans to use it in a play. What does Warhol think of his technological twin? "I like it a lot," he says modestly.
When Rolling Stone Ron Wood showed up at Manhattan's celebrity tavern Elaine's with a blonde on each arm, it was the smaller one who grabbed most of the attention. With lady Josephine and daughter Leah, 4, along for the ride, Wood hosted the fifth annual American Rock Radio Music Awards and accepted the "favorite in-concert act" prize for his fellow Stones. To keep Leah from getting bored in the crowd of 150 adults, Papa Wood mugged for photographers and converted a growing heap of cookie wrappers into an arsenal of paper rockets.
Flattery may get you nowhere, but friendship took Leonard Bernstein, Gregory Peck and Isaac Stern to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the opening of a new arts center named after philanthropist Roger L. Stevens. Bernstein (scrunching artist Roanne Hickok) has said that Stevens "saved West Side Story from being abandoned."
In L.A., fans of the late John Belushi gathered for a benefit by Chicago's Second City troupe. The event raised $52,000 for a scholarship fund and brought together such old friends as (from left) Penny Marshall, Carrie Fisher and Belushi's widow, Judy Jacklin. "John was a rare blend of characteristics," said Judy. "He had a classic beauty, and he was funny-looking."