In keeping with the tradition of the late Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho II director Richard Franklin makes a cameo appearance in his sequel to the Hitchcock original. But you'll have to be quick. Franklin (see photo) is seen briefly playing a video game by the door of the diner as Norman Bates (Tony Perkins) arrives for his first day of work. You'll have to be even quicker to catch a glimpse of Hitchcock, who stood on a street corner, sporting a white cowboy hat, in the original Psycho. Here he appears as a silhouette on the wall in Mrs. Bates' bedroom when Norman and Mary (Meg Tilly) enter the room for the first time. (Ironically, Mary assures Norman, "There are no ghosts here.") By the way, it's not giving too much of Psycho II's plot away to reveal that Universal is planning to take a stab at Psycho Ill.
Some wondered if Jackie Bisset had changed dance partners when she showed up on the arm of Argentinian clothier Roberto Devorik at the opening of a new L.A. restaurant, called Ryan's Place. (Devorik owns Regine's apparel shops in London and West Hollywood.) It seems that Bisset's live-in beau, ballet star Alexander Godunov, was off in Buenos Aires rehearsing for an upcoming tour with the Teatro Colon corps. Though Jackie may play while Godunov's away, word is she still prefers blonds.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. At least that many have been used by various sources to describe what happened to the photograph of Barbara Walters that was part of Sotheby's New York exhibit by British photographer Norman Parkinson. According to an eyewitness who attended the gala black-tie dinner on opening night, Walters made a brief appearance shortly before midnight and was stopped by two security guards as she was leaving—with the photograph in hand. Barbara had a spirited exchange with the guards. She finally left the photo behind, and it was returned to the exhibit. It's not known whether Walters loathed the picture, and therefore wanted it removed from the exhibit, or loved it, thereby wanting it for herself. Whatever her motives, she wouldn't say cheese about the incident, nor would she allow us to print the photo.
Dynasty's Joan Collins is sporting a new look for her lead role in ABC's Male Model, now in production. Collins, who plays an Eileen Ford-type modeling maven, has shorn her brunet mane and shed seven pounds. Says Joan, "I want to lose five more so that I look like a New Yorker."
Forget Valspeak. The newest lingo comes from London's post-punk party scene of the affluent WYT (Wild Young Things). According to WWD (Women's Wear Daily), known for its PYT (Pretty Young Things), WYT are known for their lavishly eccentric ballroom attire and their Evelyn Waugh style of hedonism—not to mention their fondness for initials. WYT differentiate between the PLU (People Like Us), the PLT (People Like Them) and the TTFW (Too Tacky for Words). All WYT are just "out for a giggle." But the high life can push even a hard-core WYT, er, OTT (Over the Top). And that, darling, is simply OUTRAGEOUS.
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