Take One

updated 08/29/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/29/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Nora Ephron's best-selling roman à clef, Heartburn, which was based on the bitter breakup of her marriage to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, may have been more than the predictable pain to her ex. Following his arrest last month for drunken driving, Bernstein checked into Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. for eight days to be treated for "severe tension headaches," according to Bernstein's neurologist Dr. Arthur Hustead. "He was in pretty bad shape. I've treated him before for similar headaches. We checked him out, found there were no tumors and put him on minor tranquilizers," Hustead allows. "Carl has had his share of emotional problems—that's common knowledge." Bernstein, who has taken a vacation from his job as an ABC News correspondent, is recuperating in the Hamptons on Long Island.

Peter Lawford is steamed about reports that he's collaborating with Kitty (Jackie Oh!) Kelley on her upcoming Sinatra opus. Though Lawford initially denied that he had met with Kitty during her recent stay in L.A., he later claimed that Kelley "conned" him into an interview. Contends Lawford, who's presently in London filming Where Is Parsifal? with Laurence Olivier, "An old photographer friend I had known since the Kennedy years brought her to my home to do a piece for a magazine on the 20th anniversary of Jack's death. I did not know who she was and because I don't read sleaze, I did not recognize her name," says Lawford. "I would be my own worst enemy to collaborate with her." Lawford, once wed to Patricia Kennedy, said he realized who Kelley was only after his live-in steady, Pat Seaton, recognized her. Kelley insists "there was no misrepresentation. I told him I was writing a book about Sinatra, and I took notes the entire time."

Don't worry about what fate awaits convicted murderer Liz Courtney on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives. Gloria Loring, who plays Courtney, will be seeing a lot of action on the soap under a new three-year contract in the high six figures. As part of the deal, NBC has also guaranteed Loring star billing in two TV movies, along with five other prime-time appearances. Among other perks, Loring will use the soap's logo to promote her own beauty products line, due out this fall, as well as a beauty book she's writing for publication next spring. Unwittingly, Gloria may also be biting the hand that feeds her. Her husband is Canadian TV personality Alan Thicke, who, starting this fall, will be hosting a syndicated late-night show called Thicke of the Night in direct competition with NBC's Tonight show.

Attention soap lovers, there's a real drama unfolding this week as the folks at Christian Dior launch the new print version of the fictitious Dior family saga, designed to enliven its stodgy image. Photographed by Richard Avedon (who snapped Brooke in her Calvins), Dior's serialized ad campaign will appear in 16 weekly installments in magazines and newspapers (though only the New York Times Magazine will carry all 16 ads). The main characters are the Mouth (Kelly Le Brock), the Wizard (director-actor Andre Gregory) and Oliver (Vincent Vallarino), who have been appearing in Dior ads since last fall. The new plot includes a wedding, a honeymoon cruise, domestic discontent, a pregnancy, a birth and an unearthly ending. Making special cameo appearances at the wedding reception (top photo, Clockwise between bride and groom) are a Jackie O look-alike, NBC film critic Gene Shalit, Shari Belafonte and Ruth Gordon. Dressed in her own 1958 Dior original, Gordon, 86, quipped, "I haven't been an extra since 1938."

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