Jaclyn Smith was pirouetting when other kids were toddling, but her lifelong love of ballet never quite turned to an obsession. "I was technically very good, but emotionally I didn't have the dedication a ballet dancer needs," recalls Smith, 37, who studied briefly with New York taskmasters before modeling and a TV career intervened. Now Smith gets a chance to show off her talents in the new film Always. Jackie plays a young ballerina in the '30s pursued passionately by a writer. The director happens to be her third husband, Tony Richmond. Though it's been a long time between pliés, Smith proves her technical prowess. All that fast footwork on Charlie's Angels must have helped.
Communist theory regarding the status of women doesn't encourage beauty pageants. Yet Joanna Karska (left), 22, is the first Polish contestant to enter the Miss Universe competition in nearly 30 years, and Ksenija Borojevic, 22, is the first Yugoslavian since 1977. After all, there are $150,000 worth of nonproletarian prizes in next week's contest, including a fur coat and a shot at detente by sharing a Manhattan apartment with Miss U.S.A.
Dog days of summer
Artist Jamie Wyeth's current exhibit at Maine's Portland Museum of Art includes portraits of John Kennedy and Andy Warhol. But his favorite subjects, he confesses, are animals. Because real critters are not always cooperative, Wyeth, 38, keeps a collection of stuffed ones on hand in his Chadds Ford, Pa. studio. His terrier, Dozer (short for bulldozer—his parents were named Tractor and Trailer), also poses at top right, but not so quietly.
Meanwhile, Willie Stargell (above) is likewise dog-gone over his shepherd, Nemo. The retired Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman has entered his best friend in Purina Dog Chow's nationwide "Search for the Great American Dog" contest. Stargell, 43, submitted a photo and a heartfelt 50-word essay divulging that "Nemo's not only a most valuable friend, but he's also the biggest baby in the Stargell family...."