The Night of at Least a Dozen Stars, a variety show put on for the benefit of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, included skits and songs from Robin Williams, Mort Sahl, Chevy Chase and Laraine Newman. Word has it the show was long and not very funny, just like the line to get into the ladies' room during intermission. Margot Kidder, who wore an elegant black dress, took one look and announced, "Are there any bushes outside? I'm going to find a bush." The time was about 10:30 p.m. and Margot dropped out of line—perhaps to examine the ample shrubbery outside the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, which is just off L.A.'s busy Wilshire Boulevard. The rest is history.
Here's to Good Friends
"A great deal of drinking is done in gay establishments; it's a market that's easy to reach," says Lee Nichols, vice-president of Sacramento, Calif.'s Wilde's Brewing Company. Not about to miss such an opportunity, Nichols and company president Ted Ross released a product called Wilde's Beer. Sold primarily to gay bars at about $2.75 more per case than Budweiser, Wilde's Beer has a "hopsy" taste like some Canadian brews. During the first two weeks of a San Diego market test, Nichols and Ross hoped to sell 500 cases; they doubled that figure, outselling popular Miller beer in certain bars. The brewers, who plan to expand sales to 11 major cities in the next six months, named their company after author Oscar Wilde. Nichols thinks Wilde, who was jailed after being accused of homosexuality, would have liked the new brew. Says he, "I imagine Wilde might have preferred absinthe. But given the fact that it's no longer available, I would think he'd have been greatly amused by our beer."
America flipped out when Jimmy Carter told Playboy that he lusted in his heart for women. Now Princess Diana's brother, Viscount Charles Althorp, 20, has caused a similar furor across the Atlantic. On British telly he admitted, "I often fantasize about a girl I'm interested in. But usually when we get together, I fantasize about something else—like a Roman orgy." Known for his very active night life, the young Viscount also admitted he feels like prey for matrons who want to match him with their daughters. Said he, "You get to know what they are trying to push on you—usually something fat that rides."
Their Son, the Doctor
Though Evy and Al Mandel didn't raise their son, Howie, for a career in front of a TV camera, they find some satisfaction in his role as the smart-alecky young Dr. Fiscus on NBC's St. Elsewhere. Says Howie, "They're ecstatic their son's a doctor. Of course, they never wanted to push me into a profession. But I was the only kid in the second grade who got sent to school in scrubs."
Home at Last
Alana Stewart is a different woman following her marriages to George Hamilton and rocking Rod Stewart. Says she, "Early in my marriage to George, he always wanted to stay home. I wanted to go to parties and discos, but he'd done it all. So I said, 'You tricked me. That's not the kind of marriage I want!' " After George and Alana split in 1977, her five-year marriage to Rod—which ended this year—helped her develop a new outlook. She admits, "Now I've done it all and I know how George felt. If I should marry again, I'd want someone who'd stay home."
Michael Landon, faced with having to shed buckets of manly tears for his various TV roles, picked up a trick for crying on cue. Hearing that Bette Davis used to pull a nose hair to get the old tear ducts flowing, Landon decided to do the same. He says, "If it was good enough for Miss Davis, it was good enough for me. There's only one problem. I have a bald nose!"
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