Holy Cheesecake! Is This Scene Saucy, Sensible, Sacrilegious—or Nun of the Above?

updated 07/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/25/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Q: What's black and white and red all over?

A: A newspaper, a zebra with heat rash, and these sunburnt head-turners in Richmond, Va.—who, it should quickly be explained, are not authentic women of the cloth but extras in a miniseries being made about John F. Kennedy's White House years. During a break in shooting, the pseudo sisters hiked up their habits and exposed their knees to the breeze. "At first, when we got dressed, everyone was very pious and we scolded each other when someone smoked or cussed," says Drina Kay, 38, a drama teacher who signed on as a nun-for-a-day for the unheavenly pay of $25. "But as the day wore on and we got hot and tired, we got mischievous." Their small deviltries included strolling the main street en masse while slurping Popsicles, trying to hitch rides by flashing a bit of leg, and riding on the backs of souped-up Harley-Davidsons owned by visiting Norfolk Shriners. "They dubbed us 'Harley's Angels,' " says Kay. The 10-hour drama, Kennedy, produced by a British company and starring Martin Sheen as JFK and Blair Brown as Jackie, will air in November on NBC. The network's 1982 extravaganza Marco Polo wandered interminably, so let us pray.

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