08/05/1985 at 01:00 AM EDT
Term of endearment
"I think it's a very bad example for young people for our governor to have a mistress in his house," proclaimed Everett Sileven, a fundamentalist preacher who may oppose Nebraska's leader in next year's election. Other cornhuskers seem to be enjoying the presence of Debra Winger, who came to visit old friend Gov. Bob Kerrey, 41, for the July 4 weekend and stayed more than two weeks. Winger, 30, accompanied Kerrey to a round of official functions, including the State Games, which she watched with Kerrey and U.S. Olympic Committee President Robert Helmick (above, left) and where she whooped it up on the sidelines (left). Is Winger auditioning for the role of First Lady? Kerrey, the divorced father of two, won't say. But he admits, "I don't want to stay single all my life."
I'm tattooed, Babe
She wasn't noticeably tattooed in her role as the biker mama in the movie Mask, but Cher, 39, was far from shy about baring a decorated tush and ankle while sunning on the Riviera. Steady beau and film exec Josh Donen (who also sports tattoos) and Belgian race car driver Jacky Ickx joined her on a borrowed speedboat. As for the hidden designs of the singer turned actress, Cher always leaves her audience wanting more.
A pilgrim's progress
New York's Mayflower Madam, Sidney Biddle Barrows, 33, was fined a mere $5,000 after pleading guilty to promoting prostitution. Barrows allegedly ran a $1-million-a-year, high-class call-girl service, but her lawyer had bragged, "What we are looking for is not a slap on the wrist. It's a kiss on the wrist." Before sentencing, Judge Brenda Soloff warned Barrows, "You could receive one year in prison...and a period of three years' prostitution—I mean probation." Now the blue-blooded madam, whose name was dropped from the Social Register this year, is writing her life story for a six-figure sum with Iacocca co-author William Novak.