To explain why so many celebrities go crazy when you try to snap a photo of them, Paul McCartney just points to his stomach. As he told the Chicago Tribune, "So I go on holiday and I'm building sand castles with the kids, and I really hate having to hold my stomach in the whole time in case there's a photographer behind a bush. It drives me mad...Let me tell you, my stomach isn't that great. My wife loves it. She'd like me to have more of a stomach, something to get hold of. She's into all that. But I don't want my picture all over the world with my stomach hanging out."
Lou Gossett Jr., the tough disciplinarian in An Officer and a Gentleman, taught his son Satie, 10, the value of a quarter. Lou bought Satie his very own Pac-Man game but refused to rig the machine so that it would run for free. One result, he says, is that the machine paid for itself in a few weeks. "All the neighborhood kids came over to play and I said, 'Bring your quarters, or bring your dollars—I've got change.' " Gossett put the loot into a special bank account for Satie, but still has a vested interest in the proceedings. "This is his money to spend for Christmas presents," says dear old dad. "Before, if he wanted to buy a present for me, I had to give him the money. Now, he can surprise me."
Now starring off-Broadway in the raucous Oliver Goldsmith farce She Stoops to Conquer, E.G. Marshall plans to turn sober as a judge when the play closes and he resumes a long-term pet project. Twenty years ago Marshall became fascinated with the legal system while starring on The Defenders, and ever since then he has produced and narrated other shows about the law. After gaining approval from Chief Justice Warren Burger, he is ready to begin two one-hour documentaries about the Supreme Court. Says Marshall: "It's easier for me to go out and push this project than it would be for Warren Burger to do it. He has more dignity. I'm shameless."
The Mondale kids have no doubts about who was top dog in the presidential debates: It was the family German shepherd, Kaia. The night before their dad went on TV for the Louisville debate, the kids set up two chairs in their living room. Kaia played the part of Fritz; daughter Eleanor's Rottweiler, Teddy, played Reagan. While a video camera recorded the proceedings, son Ted quizzed the two canines about the issues that face this great land. To their credit, neither candidate said anything that would damage his campaign, and neither bit his opponent (politicians take note). And even when Kaia was declared the winner, Teddy didn't whine.
Although he has strutted and fretted through thousands of hours of Shakespeare upon the stage, Sir John Gielgud admits he never liked donning tights to play Juliet's star-crossed lover. "Terrible part, Romeo," says Gielgud. "I never had the legs for it."
While promoting his new film, Irreconcilable Differences, in Canada, Ryan O'Neal revealed what he says was the stupidest thing ever said to him. "Once in Arabia a man said he recognized me," O'Neal recalled. " 'I know who you are,' he told me. 'You're Ali MacGraw.' "
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