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updated 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/30/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

MORNING BENUMBS DELTA: Don't ever try to converse early in the morning with Delta Burke, one of CBS' Designing Women. "I'm not a morning person," she says. "I'm not even a day person." She sets three different alarm clocks before retiring and has instructed her answering service to call her every 15 minutes for an hour before she is expected to be up and about. "But it's not enough to call me. I tell them they have to yell at me, scream for me to get in the shower," she says. "The only calls that work are the screaming ones."

FAMILY PLOT: Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner have survived a lot of perilous situations together on Scarecrow and Mrs. King, so neither actor had trepidation about jumping into just one more, namely marriage. "We all felt we had to," says Bruce, whose Lee Stetson wed Kate's Amanda King last month. "There was sexual tension, like on Moonlighting, but how many years do you date without some sort of commitment?" Maybe that depends on ratings. Jokes Boxleitner: "Now we're married, and then they'll get tired of that, so we'll get divorced." Happens every day in Hollywood.

IF IT'S THURSDAY, THIS MUST BE A CALVIN: Now that she's put her best face forward as a spokeswoman for pHisoDerm, The Colbys' Tracy Scoggins is ready to tackle other endorsements—lots of others, apparently. At a New York lunch in honor of her latest soap role, someone asked Tracy if she had a favorite designer. "Yes," said Scoggins, who's been spotted wearing glitzy garments by Hollywood biggies Travilla and Jeran. "Whoever has given the dress to me that week." Frank enough.

UNANIMOUS VERDICT: Judge Frank Davis of Jefferson County, Mont., admits he's in the minority, but in some cases the minority rules. During jury selection for the trial of Kenneth Miller, 19, one of two men charged with murdering Patrick Duffy's parents last year, prospective jurors were asked if they watched Dallas. When one answered, "Why, I've never watched that show," Davis shot back, "That's un-American." The judge can afford the jest: He claims he's never seen Dallas, either.

ALICE DOESN'T LIVE THERE ANYMORE: All those years in a shabby Brooklyn apartment might be enough for most people, but Ralph Kramden's indomitable wife, Alice, misses her Honeymooners home. Audrey Meadows says she would like to see the cast of the TV classic—including Joyce Randolph, Art Carney and bellowing Jackie Gleason—return for one encore performance. "Imagine the characters as senior citizens," says Meadows, 62. "Life wouldn't have been what Ralph dreamed of. The bus company forces him to retire, but he still has to get a part-time job to survive. Maybe he and Ed, who by now has retired from the sewer, would work as night watchmen. They'd fall asleep and get in all sorts of trouble. Meanwhile Alice and Trixie get part-time jobs, and you know the boys wouldn't be crazy about that idea." Not all of the principals share such enthusiasm for a reunion, most notably Gleason. "He created a legend with The Honeymooners," says Meadows, "and I don't blame him for not wanting to fool with it."

HEIGHT OF INDIGNITY: Broadway's favorite Tune, dancer-director Tommy, is a talented man of considerable stature—5'18" by his own whimsical calculation—and of lofty aspirations as well. Tune told an audience at the Gusman Cultural Center in Miami that when his idol, Fred Astaire, came to see him perform in My One and Only' in Los Angeles, the younger hoofer gave his all that night and could hardly wait to hear what the old pro would say when he came backstage afterward. The first words out of Fred's mouth, unfortunately, had nothing to do with Tommy's technique. Observed the master: "You're a tall son of a bitch." Tune was, shall we say, brought up short.

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