updated 08/17/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/17/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
At his 40th-birthday breakfast at Santa Monica's trendy Patrick's Roadhouse eatery, Arnold Schwarzenegger had just finished thanking his buddies, including former Mr. Universe Franco Columbu, for a tacky statue of a blond bombshell, when who should sashay in but Brigitte Nielsen (Sly Stallone's soon-to-be ex) and her secretary, Kelly Sahnger. Nielsen gave the pectacular Schwarzenegger a hearty birthday hug and then twirled around in a circle to show the boys the iridescent bikini she was wearing beneath her micro-mini tank dress. The fashion show completed, Brigitte went to a back table and ordered breakfast in Italian. Explained Brigitte: "I've been taking Italian lessons every day because I'm moving to Rome for five months." She'll be co-hosting Festival, a TV variety show in Italy. Ciao, baby.
For the first time in the three-year run of Murder, She Wrote, Angela Lansbury's character, Jessica Fletcher, will not appear onscreen. In an episode, It Runs in the Family, scheduled to air this fall, Lansbury will appear only as Fletcher's English cousin Emma, who is implicated in the murder of an old WWII lover played by British actor Richard Johnson. (He was once married to Kim Novak.) Executive producer Peter Fischer, who wrote the script, says, "Angela loves it. This gives her a break from playing Jessica." Lansbury will wear a red wig, speak with a thick Cockney accent and be joined by a mostly British cast, including Anthony Newley, second husband of Joan Collins.
Director John Landis, who was recently acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges in The Twilight Zone trial, has had yet another day in court—probate court, that is—and it has cost him $2.89 million. Landis had bought Rock Hudson's Beverly Hills home, which was originally on the market for $7.5 million. But even at the marked-down price, the house was no steal. According to realtor Jeff Hyland, who sold Landis the digs, "the place needs about $500,000 worth of work," including enlarging the dining room and renovating the in-house theater and master bedroom.
The royals are coming! On Sept. 19, Fergie, the Duchess of York, will turn up in Greenwich, Conn., for a charity ball followed the next day by a polo match at the elegant Greenwich Polo Club. (Prince Andrew is a maybe.) Joining her will be mom Susan, who will be cheering on her polo-playing hubby(and Fergie's stepdad), Hector Barrantes. On Oct. 23 Princess Anne will participate in a steeplechase, her first American race. It will be held in Nashville to raise money for Anne's favorite charity, the Save the Children Fund, of which she is president. Start polishing those tiaras, ladies!