Take One

updated 04/22/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/22/1985 01:00AM

When Axel Foley, played by Eddie Murphy, checked out of the Beverly Palm Hotel in Beverly Hills Cop, he had four of the hotel's $95 bathrobes in tow. In the movie, the Beverly Hills Police Department picked up the tab. But in real life no one paid for approximately two dozen $75 robes that turned up missing when Murphy's concert tour entourage checked out of the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. recently. The hotel had provided Murphy with a complimentary white terry cloth robe monogrammed with his initials but hadn't intended for his staff to take the standard-issue robes that hung in their rooms. A hotel spokeswoman says that "many a bathrobe was missing," but that Murphy's crew won't be billed—or booked by the D.C. cops.

The busy total woman these days can't always find the time to greet her husband at the front door wearing nothing but Saran Wrap. What to do? Read Marabel Morgan's new book titled The Electric Woman, due out in June. The author of the 1974 best-seller Total Woman and its 1976 sequel Total Joy hopes her latest tome will offer women a way to cope with everyday "downers such as broken nails, broken plates and broken promises," she says. "I have downers that hit me all day like shock waves. I feel like an electric woman with a fuse blown out. The purpose of the book is to turn the electric shocks into positive energy that will charge your life with light and joy." Morgan's much-touted philosophy that a wife should be submissive to her husband is not a premise of The Electric Woman, says Marabel, but it's a precept that she still endorses. "Husbands who expect excitement and high adventure at their own addresses will hurry home," she contends. "Women have the joy of creating that feeling."

"On the set they called me Dirty Harriet," says Jamie Rose of her portrayal of a plainclothes homicide cop in ABC's pilot movie Lady Blue, which airs this week. "My character uses excessive force a lot. I chase guys and get to blow 'em away." Rose does some of her own stunts—like dangling from a crane hook 75 feet in the air and hanging off the side of a moving train. To learn how to manhandle her magnum, she took lessons from a Chicago policeman and studied Clint Eastwood's technique. "I rented four Dirty Harry movies, got a prop gun that doesn't fire and practiced in my hotel room. It was like Shoot Along with Clint."

Cybill (Moonlighting) Shepherd and former beau Peter Bogdanovich, who directed her in The Last Picture Show, Daisy Miller and At Long Last Love, are talking about reteaming for a new movie production. Although the Shepherd-Bogdanovich liaison broke up in 1978 after seven years, Cybill says, "I respect him and feel that he's one of the finest directors in the world."...

That Was the Week That Was, a brief satirical TV hit in the early '60s, will come back to fitful life as a one-hour ABC special on April 21. Co-creator David Frost and Anne Bancroft will host....

Now that Tina Turner has turned down the role of Shug Avery in the Steven Spiel-berg-Quincy Jones film adaptation of Alice Walker's best-selling The Color Purple, the filmmakers are considering two other black vocalists for the role: Patti (A Soldier's Story) LaBelle and Chaka Khan.

Never let it be said that Elizabeth Taylor didn't do her patriotic duty as the wife of Sen. John Warner. It seems that while serving as Secretary of the Navy in 1973, Warner borrowed two 19th-century headboards from berths aboard the USS Cumberland, a frigate used during the Civil War. To the dismay of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Warner turned them into coffee tables. When he later married Liz, she apparently thought he had gone overboard, as it were. So before shipping out—Taylor and Warner divorced in 1982—she had the headboards shipped back to the museum.

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