Usually, when the women rush the stage during his concerts, singer Tom Jones gingerly plucks a pair or two of the undies thrown at his feet, wipes his brow with them, then flings them back into the swooning audience. But when 50 or so shrieking fans of all ages (and apparently all sizes) offered up their intimates during an Opry House concert in Nashville, Tenn., the crooner's colossal catch prompted a furrowing rather than a wiping of his brow. After hesitating a moment, Jones, 45, cracked, "A family of five could live in here."
Hop to it, Dustin
No, the Dustin Hoffman sequel to Death of a Salesman will not be Birth of a Bellhop. The actor was "just goofing around" outside the Hotel Royal in Deauville, France, where he presented Salesman's screen version at the city's film festival. Actually Hoffman, 48, could have been warming up for his next role: He may sport a fez playing a singer in a spy comedy that Elaine May will begin shooting next month in Morocco.
Two on the town
With an attempt at secrecy that had London's paparazzi befuddled, Elizabeth Taylor began her six-day sojourn by first slipping through customs as the "wife" of her secretary, Roger Wall, then arriving for a low-profile stay at the home of her friend, movie producer Norma Heyman. After four days the cameras caught up with Liz, 53, as she and ebullient Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, 41, scooted off to a small, private dinner. Bernstein, author Nora Ephron's ex, was lodged elsewhere. As for whether their on-and-off friendship is long-term, Liz-watchers suggest you hang on for No. 8 and a possible Liz & Carl show.
Clean and mean
Perfect pecs and polished pates were the order of the day at a couple of look-alike contests on both sides of the Atlantic. The Daily Mirror' in London sponsored the competition for would-be Rambos. Mick Clutton (immediately to the left of model Linda Lusardi) out-muscled nine other Stallone clones and picked up first prize: two weeks in Acapulco with his new bride. Procter & Gamble is looking at some 350 aspiring Mr. Cleans in 10 regional competitions (like this one in Chicago) and will select the Cleanest of the Clean next month in New York. Contestants must be able to swab a floor with a flourish, shake a firm hand and speak in an authoritative baritone. For eight months of arm crossing, the winner will collect $30,000. Talk about Cleaning Up.