updated 12/17/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/17/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
When Donna Mills looked surprised in an episode of Knots Landing that called for co-star Ted Shackelford to appear naked before her, she wasn't acting. During rehearsals of that scene, led stepped into the shower, whipped off the towel wrapped around his waist and revealed his underwear underneath. But, says Donna, "When we actually went to do it he didn't have on nothin'. The camera couldn't see him—but I could. He threw his towel, and there he was, bare-assed naked. I almost died."
At a benefit dinner for L.A.'s Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, Abigail "Dear Abby" Van Buren shared a letter from one of her readers who expressed some confusion about lesbians. "Dear Abby," read the letter, "A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-age gym teacher, and the other is a social worker in her mid-20s. These two women go everywhere together, and I've never seen a man go into their apartment or come out. Do you think they could be Lebanese? Signed, Curious." Abby gave a straight response to the malapropism. "Dear Curious," she wrote. "The chances are one in 10 the answer is yes."
Michael Landon took his wife, Cindy, and two of his kids to an L.A. party, where a fan stopped them to rave about 15-month-old daughter Jennifer. When no compliments followed for Landon's son Christopher, 9, Dad pointed to the boy and joked, "Hey, what do you think this is? Chopped liver?"
"It's ridiculously easy for a good-looking, well-built blonde to get into show business in California," The Fall Guy's Heather Thomas told the Toronto Star. "All you need is to meet some sleazeball in the business who wants you to be an extra on his show." Say it ain't so, Heather.
The history of civilization, as Ted Koppel sees it: "In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen."