updated 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CHARACTER WITNESS: When Joan Collins takes the stand in court come July to battle it out with estranged husband Peter Holm, listen closely when she gives her name. "Since I can't handle what I'll have to face in that court as Joan, I'm trying to think like Alexis," the actress told London's Daily Express. "But in my heart, I'm not in Alexis' league. I sometimes wish I was." Holm has been holed up in one of Collins' Beverly Hills houses and wants, among other things, $80,000 a month support. "Unlike Alexis, I trusted Peter because people like her who don't trust become bitter and twisted," she said. "I have to stand up for my rights in this court case—there comes a time when you just can't take any more—but I dread it. I don't believe in an eye for an eye. It makes me very sad when people think I'm hard-hearted like Alexis and concerned only with money, makeup and men." She forgot clothes.

FAWNING DEVOTION: Fawn Hall has spent the last few months dodging the press, so it was understandable that her appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. whipped up a frenzy. Everywhere that Ollie North's blond, 27-year-old former secretary went, the journalists—at least the male ones—sure followed. "There was a prom queen aura around her," says one guest. "If she stood still for one moment, six or seven men would gather Joan Collins: Courting disaster around." Fawn's escort for the evening was Baltimore Sun reporter Mike Kelly, 30, who lured Fawn out of hiding by sweet-talking her mother, Wilma. Fawn proved the object of so much ogling that one reporter went so far as to ask her to autograph his program. She complied, and dozens more requests followed. In the midst of the signing hoopla, former National Security Advisor Bud McFarlane wandered by, and Kelly joked, "Fawn, this man wants your autograph." When she negotiated a trade, McFarlane got out a pen and wrote, "To Fawn, next time with fewer people. Love, Bud." As for Kelly, he's mum about the prospects of taking her out again. "She's charming and engaging," he says, "but I felt somewhat like the prince consort."

P.U.-CCINI: Before La Traviata and the Met, opera star Beverly Sills had to play a farming town in Nebraska whose name she can't remember, and maybe that's just as well. In her new autobiography, Beverly, the diva recalls her first concert tour, at age 17, to a community where a fungus disease called "stinking smut" was taking its toll on the local cattle. The town paper reported both arrivals. "They certainly spelled my name right," she writes. "The front page of the paper carried a picture of a dead cow with the caption 'Beverly Sills to sing at high school.' Beneath that, a photo of me was captioned, 'Stinking smut hits Nebraska.' It was a very auspicious way to begin my career as a concert artist."

SMEAR JOB: Makeup artist Stan Place, who has done wonders for Kim Basinger, Cybill Shepherd, and even Jimmy Carter, believes everyone in the public eye—including men—should wear cosmetics. At a beauty expo in Washington, he had some non-partisan vote-getting tips for various presidential aspirants and other macho D.C. types. On Vice President George Bush: "The man's face has no color in it. He'd have to use face powder...and a blusher would help him not look so gray." Rep. Jack Kemp: "Why don't we get him to wash the gray out of his hair? And I think maybe a little bronzer in the cheek area. He also needs to clean up his eyebrows; it would make him look more honest and sincere." Gary Hart: "He ought to have his ears pinned back, and he needs to get a new haircut and update his image a little bit. It wouldn't hurt to part his hair on the right. It would make his face look a little less symmetrical." Newly slim Sen. Ted Kennedy: "He's got to do some major skin care—some collagen and proteins to plump up that skin so he doesn't look unhealthy...but his hair is great." The race is on.

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