Swimming champ Rowdy Gaines gallantly splashed one of his 1984 Olympic gold medals around the shoulder of actress-model Alexandra (La Pelle) King, 31, at a party attended by 400 in New York to celebrate her marriage to tennis star Ilie Nastase, 38. "We exchanged congratulations but I think Ilie is the real winner," said Gaines, 25. "Since I had three gold medals, I offered to trade one of them for Alexandra. Ilie wouldn't accept."
Another one bites
Not about to bite the dust just because he was turning 38, Freddie Mercury of the British rock group Queen chowed down instead on a five-foot-long birthday cake baked to look like a vintage Rolls-Royce. Mercury celebrated with a party for 500 friends at London's Xenon night club. Among the guests was John (Elephant Man) Hurt, 44, who chose the occasion to propose to American actress Donna Peacock, 37. Clearly, neither believes in wasting any time on long engagements: The next morning they tied the knot at a register's office just outside London.
Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, 36, and her boyfriend of several months, Tony Peck, 28-year-old son of actor Gregory Peck, usually duck the paparazzi. The couple abandoned that routine after dining at Elaine's in Manhattan recently, flashing smiles and waving. "It was the first time in a long time they'd been there," says a mutual friend. "They'd been purposely laying low." That may be because the Sears catalogue cover girl is in the throes of a bitter divorce from second husband, photographer Peter Beard.
There was reason aplenty for Farrah Fawcett, 37, and constant companion Ryan O'Neal, 43, to celebrate at The American Film Festival in Deauville, France: Ryan's latest film, Irreconcilable Differences, had just premiered and Farrah wowed fellow party-goers by flashing a diamond-studded gold ring that Ryan had recently slipped on her finger. Farrah, who held up a dress that displayed her famous figure, scoffed at rumors that she is pregnant with twins. "I wouldn't have twins with anyone," she promised.