Simon Le Bon, 26, lead singer of Duran Duran, had le nez pulled at the ASCAP awards, held at London's snooty Claridge's Hotel. The beak-tweaker was steady sweetheart Claire Stansfield, a 19-year-old model. Duran Duran's hits Hungry Like the Wolf and Is There Something I Should Know? were nominated for awards. Both won by a nose.
Bette Davis, 76, who was out of action for several months due to a broken hip, is up and around and in London shooting an Agatha Christie whodunit, Murder With Mirrors, for TV. Fellow veteran Helen Hayes, 84, will co-star. Davis, who had checked out of ABC's Hotel early this year because of medical problems, checked into a London hostelry and kept a low profile.
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Quick! For $100 and what's behind the curtain, identify the two bearded men pictured above. Tick, tick, tick...Time's up! No, the one on the left is not a famous dissident Russian novelist snapped on the way to the Nobel prize awards. It is Walter Matthau, leaving L.A.'s Spago restaurant. And, yes, the one on the right does have a biblical air: It's Richard Gere, decked out as the giant killer for Paramount's upcoming epic, King David.
Midway through most of his concerts, Bruce Springsteen plucks a young lovely from the audience, dances with her for a minute or two, and then caps the magic moment with a kiss. But that was no lady he snatched from the crowd at an L.A. performance, it was his kid sister, Pam, West Coast actress and model. The smooch, slightly longer than usual, was one of the benefits of being related to the Boss.