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updated 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/06/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

As the 92-foot yacht My Way Again glided into a slip in ritzy Montauk, Long Island, an announcement came over a dockside loudspeaker saying that the vessel belonged to a Mr. Frank Sinatra and asking onlookers not to form a crowd. Of course everyone ignored the request and rushed to get a glimpse. Later Dick Cavett dropped by to visit. Local Connecticut papers caused an even wilder mob scene a few weeks earlier when they reported Frank and My Way Again had pulled into Greenwich. Associated Press picked up the story. Then hundreds of fans jammed the dock daily bearing gifts, including salami sandwiches and a case of imported olives; others tooted horns from nearby vessels whenever the yacht went out for a spin. Well, real estate developer James D'Agostino, 67, wants the throngs to go away. The actual owner of My Way Again, he says that despite the boat's name he has no connection with Frank. As D'Agostino tells would-be fans, "This yacht doesn't belong to Ol' Blue Eyes. It belongs to me, Ol' Gray Hair!"

"Let's see. We brought four lions, four zebras, some snakes, an elephant and oh, yes, a rhino from New Jersey," says onetime Charlie's Angel Tanya Roberts, 29, about her trip to Kenya to film the soon-to-be-released jungle love story Sheena. The film crew thought they'd save themselves some trouble by bringing trained animals to stand in for the wild kind. But after the filmmakers settled down to sleep next to the animal cages one night, some lions and tigers stealthily approached, apparently lured by the unfamiliar scent of their domesticated brethren. The frightened humans fled and returned only after the ensuing ruckus settled down. Aside from some cuts and scratches, none of the caged beasts was harmed. Sheena, the Queen of the Jungle, missed the whole thing. "I slept in a hotel," Tanya confides.

A well-dressed man carrying a satchel and suitcase accosted Henny Young-man as both walked toward New York's Friars Club. From his satchel the man pulled various items of merchandise, all supposedly imported and priced well below store value. Henny bought a few little luxuries, including French toiletries and a flannel-covered picture frame. However, he wouldn't go for any jewelry, saying he needed to examine it at leisure before he made a decision. At those words the salesman, keeping up with Henny's brisk stride, pulled out a loupe, which jewelers use to examine gems. "What do I need a loupe for?" Henny asked. His fast-talking supplier responded, "If you're gonna buy jewelry from guys on the street, you surely need one." Such a pitch, who could resist? Henny bought.

Valerie Bertinelli hadn't set foot in a Catholic church since she wed rock 'n' roller Eddie Van Halen in 1981. So she wasn't exactly typecast to play a young nun-in-training for NBC's upcoming TV movie Shattered Vows. Since part of the film takes place before the mid-'60s Vatican decrees that allowed some nuns to wear ordinary clothing, Valerie came to appreciate one trial of faith every novice used to undergo. "After wearing a habit for 12 hours I was like a mad person," she says. "As soon as they took it off me I would scream. It was so hot I was a walking sauna." The role led to another situation unknown to real-life nuns. Straight from a Kansas City concert Eddie flew to L.A. to meet Valerie during a day of filming. "I just want to see what it's like to kiss a nun," he winked as he embraced his wife. Afterward she confided, "He said it wasn't any different."

First David Carradine, 43, then his half brother Keith, 33, decided to pursue the profession of their poppa, John, 78, a veteran of nearly 200 film roles. Now youngest son Robert, 30, stars as a blithering shmo in Revenge of the Nerds. Asked why he and his brothers all decided to go the same route, Robert replied, "We just took over the old man's business. If he'd been in shoes, we'd have been cobblers."

Don Everly, now on his first concert tour in 11 years with brother Phil, thinks the Everly Brothers may have approached success the wrong way. Says Don, "The best advice I have for someone coming into the music business now is: First learn to be an attorney or accountant, then learn to sing."

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