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updated 10/01/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1984 01:00AM

Spaced-out journalist Hunter Thompson and singer Jimmy Buffett must be awfully good friends. Otherwise Thompson never would have agreed to do something so out of character as playing in the first Jimmy Buffett/Ed Podolak High Country Shootout Golf Classic in Aspen, Colo. Joining former Kansas City Chiefs running back Podolak, John Denver, Ed (60 Minutes) Bradley and other celebs, Thompson displayed alarmingly erratic drives and occasional club tosses that put everybody at the tournament in danger of decapitation. After completing 16 holes, Hunter turned in his clubs. "I'm sorry to walk off but I had to do it," he explained to his partners that evening. While Hunter's pals urged him to try again, he gulped down two Chivas Regals, then responded, "If you see me on the course tomorrow, you'll see a different person—because I'm going to drop acid on the third hole." Another burnout on the tour.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger walked into a downtown L.A. eatery during a break from filming Terminator, several people threw their hands over their faces and gasped in horror. "I would like a table for six," Arnold told the maitre d'. Looking about ready to lose his lunch, the startled restaurant host clutched his menus and didn't move. You can't blame him. Arnold was still made up for his role as a villainous robot, and an artifical layer on half of his face was carved away revealing teeth, metallic jaw bones and a bulging eyeball amid seared patches of fake flesh. The other half, still graced with Arnold's natural features, explained his appearance and gained admittance after all. Says Schwarzenegger, who usually ripples his muscles as Conan the Barbarian: "It's more challenging to play a robot than a human." It's also harder to get seated at restaurants.

Raucous and raunchy in the '70s on such pop music anthems as School's Out, Alice Cooper favors lullabies in the '80s. Now he and his wife, Sheryl, want their daughter, Calico, 3½, to have a brother. "Because the first one turned out so well, we're trying again," says Sheryl, grinning at Dad, Alice. "We'll call him Sue."

Just because Lily Tomlin becomes merged with an alter ego named Steve Martin in their film, All of Me, doesn't mean she plans to abandon any of her other split personalities. Lily still chats about her longtime persona, Ernestine, the phlegmatic telephone operator, as if she were a real person. "It's Ernestine who has all the plans these days," says Lily, referring to an Emmy nomination that Ernestine/Lily won for a Flashdance parody on the NBC miniseries, Live...and In Person. "Ernestine still has her day job. But the divestiture of AT&T has really angered her. You can imagine how saying, 'Thank you for calling AT&T' sticks in her throat." So Ernestine hopes an Emmy will lead to a new career in showbiz. "She may not win," concludes Lily. "But she's going to be a sore loser."

Irene Cara recorded a batch of hits that became standard music for aerobics classes—including Fame, Flashdance...What a Feeling and Breakdance. Now she wants to try a new beat. "I keep hearing that everybody exercises to my songs," Cara says with a laugh, "so I'm going to record some really slow ballads and say, 'Here, just try to exercise to these.' "

No longer trapped inside her role as troubled Afton Cooper on Dallas, Audrey Landers has moved from L.A. to New York for six months to play Val (the T-and-A girl) in the film version of A Chorus Line. Though the Big Apple means bright lights and late nights for some, Audrey resettled quietly at her childhood home in suburban Valley Cottage, N.Y. "It's funny," says her manager-mom Ruth. "She lives in this Hollywood mansion with hand-painted wallpaper and all that, but she comes home to her same little room with dolls in it." Almost every night Audrey and Mom meet after work, hop into a limo and ride home, stopping at Buddy's Market to shop for dinner. "We usually just throw something together," Audrey admits. "Like tonight we had some tuna and coleslaw and pickled beets and Evian water." What, no dessert? Mom explains: "We didn't have anything in the house, so Audrey pulled out some peanut butter and jelly and ate them right from the jar." Yep, there's no place like home.

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