"He has no taste," cracked comedian Alan King about Jack Nicholson's choice of food at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. "Imagine, he passed up my chili for a croissant." King, author of Is Salami and Eggs Better than Sex?, had served his "U.S. Open Chili" to Nicholson, in New York to film the Nora Ephron book Heartburn. Jack sampled the chili, then went for the pastry. "That's okay," said King. "Maybe one heartburn is enough."
Eddie (Beverly Hills Cop) Murphy knows all about gags, but he got a little more than he bargained for in the dressing room of R&B singer Luther Vandross, who had just finished the first of five sold-out performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Grabbing Eddie's neck, Vandross struck a pose and told Murphy to smile nicely for the camera, then added, "This is going to end up in 'This Week's Best Photos.' " You can bet Eddie wouldn't mind trading places.
Andy Warhol's previous subjects have included Mao, Marilyn and Mick, but he wasn't above painting a foursome of Cabbage Patch Kids, when the licensing agent beckoned. "I'm into dolls," says Andy. "I still play with them. My favorite's the little boy in the dark suit." He adds that he'd like to do more dolls, but none of them could have his haircut. That wouldn't be right. "These dolls," he explains, "have pedigrees."
Diamond in the rough
To celebrate songwriter Carole Bayer Sager's first novel, Extravagant Gestures, Elizabeth Taylor appropriately threw an elegant soiree at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills. An inelegant Neil Diamond arrived, and Liz, proving uncut diamonds are not her best friends, gave a pinch to his 10 o'clock shadow. "You should have come shaved," declared Taylor. Okay, so the man's cheeks weren't quite National Velvet.
The long and the short of it
If he were a method actor, Emmanuel Lewis might be trying to feel like a basketball. In fact he's merely shooting an upcoming episode of Webster in which he tries to attend a Knicks game but, after a ticket mix-up, has to settle for watching Patrick Ewing practice. Lewis tells Ewing that he loves basketball, and soon the 7' Knick is helping the 3'6" Lewis get the knack. When the unlikely pair went one-on-one, Ewing made it more like one-on-zero. But Patrick, 23, told Emmanuel, 14, he should not give up hope. Reports Lewis, "He said I've got to practice."
The bachelor party was reportedly a three-day binge; then Oliver Reed, 47, and longtime girlfriend Josephine Burge, 21, got hitched—in more ways than one. After the couple exchanged vows, a friend slipped handcuffs on them. Reed told Burge, who has dated him since she was 16, "That's it; you've got me now." Ollie promised later, "My hell-raising days are over." Indeed: Reed must lose weight for his next film, Castaway. The newlyweds are said to be honeymooning at a fat farm.
Actress Liv Ullmann, 46, says she had to nab Boston real estate broker Donald Saunders, 50 (emerging from Rome's American Episcopal Church after their Lutheran wedding). "I have spent my whole life with men who were intellectual, moody, genial but sad," says Liv, the former wife of Dr. Hans Stang and lover of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. "But Donald wakes up, and his first thought is to make me happy. My girlfriends told me not to let him escape, so I grabbed him."
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