updated 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

DO THEY MAKE HATS THAT BIG? Holding up a Washington Post filled with Iranscam headlines probably wasn't magician Doug Henning's most tactful way to begin a trick, considering he was performing at the White House. But then ripping it to shreds appeased his distinguished audience, which included Ronald Reagan. The evening of prestidigitation, in fact, injected some welcome levity into presidential circles. "We got a lot of congratulations," says Henning, who performed with his wife, Debby. "Vice-President George Bush said, 'Thank you for making our President happy.' And then the President started making jokes. He said, after watching my disappearing acts, that he wants to take me up to Capitol Hill, that there were a couple of people there for me to work on. He also asked if I would ever consider running for public office—that I have the type of skills you need."

NOW THERE'S A REBUFF: Stephanie Beacham, who plays Charlton Heston's wife, Sable, on The Colbys, reports she's "not all that upset" about the nude photographs of her that appear in the February issue of Playboy. The pictures were taken expressly for the magazine—but in 1972, when the actress was 25. "I suppose it's not so bad," she says. "I have seen them—they're pictures of this rather sweet little girl with a wig on that shouldn't have been seen after the mid-1970s. The photos never came out before. I'd forgotten about them." Actually, Beacham regrets not being let in on the action. "They didn't tell me they were going to run the photos," she says. "If they had, I would have offered them a good set—something fun."

CELLULOID ZEROES: With his good looks and smooth moves, pop singer Daryl Hall would seem to have all the makings of a major movie success. But the solid-gold star says he's more interested in tunes than tinsel and has never been bitten by the cinematic bug that's infected such rockers as David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan. The fact is, Hall says, "I don't think musicians make particularly good actors. It's because they spend so many years developing a persona and projecting their own personality through their music. The best actors make you not realize it's them. But go to a movie with Sting as a vampire or whatever and, I don't care, that's Sting up there and nobody else."

THERE WAS NO BREAKFAST CLUB AT TIFFANY'S: Audrey Hepburn, who plays a baroness next month opposite Robert Wagner in ABC's Love Among Thieves, has worked with the best leading men, including Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Fred Astaire. Asked which young, up-and-coming film actors interest her, Audrey observes, "Well, I think there are plenty around. I can't remember all their names." Apparently the 57-year-old actress employs her own definition of up-and-coming. She doesn't mention Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez or Sean Penn. "I'm crazy about Robert Redford," she says of the 50-year-old newcomer. "And Robert De Niro." Now there's a beginner.

HUES AND CRIES: Movie buffs and film directors around the world are seeing red over the "colorization," or tinting, of black-and-white film classics. One problem is that coloring the cinema destroys some of the verité. In the new Way Out West, Stan Laurel's remarkably pale eyes have turned almost coal black. Humphrey Bogart's suit in the new Maltese Falcon is blue; it was brown when it was filmed. In the colored version of The Absent-Minded Professor, Fred MacMurray's suit changes before your very eyes from pink to green, and Constance Bennett's famous ermine wrap in Topper now looks like a dubious gray rabbit. Though tinters defend their creative license, some changes of color would make even the most bleary-eyed sit up and blink: In one scene from 1954's Suddenly, Frank Sinatra's ol' blue eyes turn brown.

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