Take One

updated 07/15/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/15/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Following the recent release in Britain of Lloyd on Lloyd, the double biography of Chris Evert and husband John Lloyd, some critics are wondering why the couple consented to its publication. (Their reported fee was a modest $100,000 plus a share of the royalties.) Written by Carol Thatcher, daughter of Britain's Prime Minister, the book, due here this fall, chronicles the Lloyds' courtship, marriage, separation and relatively recent reconciliation. The Observer's critic wrote that the book portrayed John as a "pretty bone-head." The Daily Mail reviewer found Lloyd pictured as a "well-meaning, hopeless dolt," too timid to discuss marriage with his future father-in-law. Lloyd also had to learn to drive when Chris threatened to call off the engagement because she was tired of chauffeuring him around. "He needs to be pushed," says Chris in the book. In more ways than one, it seems. "After our third date," recalls Chris, "I was frustrated because John hadn't even tried to kiss me. So when we said goodbye, I went up to him and hugged him, and I think I gave him a quick kiss on the lips. I knew it was up to me to make a move." Apparently he returned the volley.

After Ralph (Karate Kid) Macchio landed the role of a gifted guitarist in a new feature film, Crossroads, director Walter (48 Hrs.) Hill applied the pressure. "I don't know how this movie is going to do," Hill told Macchio. "But we're sunk if you don't look like a guitar player." So for the past four months Macchio, 23, who hadn't played guitar before, has been diligently plucking away. "I can't play the music," says Macchio, whose music making will be dubbed. "But at least I know where the notes are." All this practice hasn't left much time to prepare for his next movie, Karate Kid II, which starts shooting in September. "Right now," he frets, "I can't get my kicks up above my waist."

Sam (Mask) Elliott is contending for the lead role in a Dino De Laurentiis film, China Marines, to be shot in China and directed by John (Red Dawn) Milius. Says Elliott, who would play a '30s Marine sergeant in the movie, "I think heroes are needed, and I'd like to be something that the kids can look up to. I'm a big Eastwood fan." Elliott is also, no doubt, aware that heroes are doing well at the box office....

Four-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury will get to sing for her series on this fall's premiere episode of CBS' Murder, She Wrote. In addition to her role as mystery writer/ amateur detective Jessica Fletcher, Lansbury will play Jessica's English dance-hall-queen cousin, Emma Macgill. Lansbury will sing Goodbye Little Yellow Bird, which she first crooned 40 years ago in the movie The Picture of Dorian Gray....

Bruce Dern, the consummate psycho in such films as Black Sunday and Coming Home, likes playing a normal guy for a change. Dern co-stars with Lee Remick in an ABC movie called Toughlove, to air next season, about parents trying to deal with their troubled teenagers. "This is one of the few times I've played a character with a wife, and one of the rare occasions when I've been given a triple-digit IQ," says Dern. "It's great to play a responsible human being."

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