Mais non, says Philippe Junot to rumors that he's opening a nightclub in New York. "I have no plans to open a club," contends Princess Caroline's ex. "People must be confusing me with Jean Castel," owner of Junot's favorite Paris disco, who's opening another club in New York at year's end. A self-described investment banker, Junot hints that he helped arrange Castel's New York deal, but he is not a backer. Philippe, 43, is currently preoccupied with another hot property—Princess Sophie of Hapsburg, 23, who vacationed with him this summer in Marbella.
A group of ultra-right-wingers (including direct-mail expert Richard Viguerie) expects to raise more than $1 million by the end of the year for a publicity blitz to keep alive the memory of anti-Communist Congressman Larry McDonald, who died in the Korean Air Lines crash. Charging that President Reagan wasn't tough enough on the Soviets, the New Right is shelling out money for demonstrations, memorial services, posters, pamphlets, television commercials and newspaper ads, hoping to raise public passions against the U.S.S.R. One New Right group, called the Conservative National Committee, was recently outsmarted, however, by a savvy staffer at the Washington Times who noticed that an ad placed by the committee, which urged Americans to call the White House, carried the President's direct dial number. Exercising editorial license, the Times listed the number for the White House switchboard instead.
Though the folks over at Esquire have been mum about the contents of the magazine's 50th anniversary issue on "People Who Have Changed the Way We Live," to be published in November, word has leaked out who the subject of Norman Mailer's piece will be: Jackie Onassis.
In the upcoming film The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe's book about the first U.S. astronauts, Sam Shepard plays Wolfe's superhero, Chuck Yeager, the World War II combat pilot who first broke the sound barrier in 1947. But if you want to catch a glimpse of the original Mr. Right Stuff, pay attention during the movie's barroom scenes. Yeager, now 60, who served as a technical adviser for the film, plays a bartender called Fred.
Cliff Robertson, who is cast as Dr. Michael Ranson on Falcon Crest this season, got a chance to show his medical expertise off camera recently. At lunch, a journalist who was interviewing Cliff started choking on her food. Robertson jumped to his feet and performed the Heimlich maneuver, which entails pushing in on the victim's abdomen in order to dislodge whatever is blocking the windpipe. It worked. Later the reporter recounted, "Robertson was so shaken he immediately lit up a cigarette. Just before the incident, he told me he had quit the habit."