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updated 09/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

SCHOOL DAZE: In the spirit of the back-to-school season, three guys who don't have to attend anymore (and who star together in December's Three Men and a Baby) recalled their high school heydays. "I was a nerd," says Tom Selleck. "I was a virgin till very late. I was real shy. I did not do well in the dating scale of things. I never got real bold about meeting women." A similar tale comes from Ted Danson. "I was very shy," the Cheers star insists. "I played basketball—that was the only thing I did in high school. It was my saving grace. Otherwise I would have died." Steve (Cocoon) Guttenberg says he didn't have it so rough. Reports Guttenberg, with a grin: "I was a stud."

KITTY HAWK: C'mon. Why has Eleanor Mondale, the 26-year-old daughter of former Democratic contender Walter Mondale and a rock disc jockey, agreed to manage the presidential campaign of Morris the Cat? "Well," she says, "Morris contacted me and we had several meetings. We went over his positions and my qualifications." But, Mondale confides, "the bottom line is, in the great American tradition, I'm doing it for the money."

HALL PASS: Farrah Fawcett had at one time expressed interest in playing Fawn Hall, Oliver North's paper-shredding secretary, in the inevitable movie. No longer. In the Houston Post, Fawcett scoffed at the tabloid headlines that claim she and Fawn are good buddies. "I'm now her best friend," Farrah said with heavy sarcasm, then added, "No, I haven't spoken to her. I'm not pursuing it." But at least Fawn has a friend in Barbara Walters, to whom, it is said, she is ready to blab.

TIES THAT BOND: Timothy Dalton is not denying that he has had a years-long on-again, off-again romance with Vanessa Redgrave, though the newest James Bond is loath to discuss it. "Everyone has the right to a private life, and it's too valuable to give away," says the 41-year-old actor, who is nine years younger than Redgrave. But Dalton plans to join the controversial star this fall in a West End production of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet. "This will be our fourth time playing together in 17 years," said the actor. "Anytime you work with an actress the quality of Vanessa, it's a splendid and special circumstance." How special? Sighed Dalton: "Is it really anybody's business?"

CASH REGISTERS: Who says money can't buy happiness? Certainly not Michael Caine. "When I was poor, people used to say to me, 'Money won't make you happy,' " the actor tells London's the Mail on Sunday, You magazine. "But now I'm full of money and I'm happy." Caine, one of the busiest actors in the business, considers his wealth long due. "The money I earn is not for what I do onscreen, but for the rejection, the humiliation I had along the way," he says. "You see, money isn't just money, is it? It represents success. So when people talk to me about money not being of importance and knock me for doing films purely for cash, they don't know how close they come to being throttled."

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE: Heavy metal's heaviest hitter, Jon Bon Jovi, drives a hard bargain. When asked by photographer David McGough to take off his sunglasses for a New York photo shoot, Bon Jovi's lead singer replied, "For $10 I'll take them off." McGough, in a playful mood, said, "How 'bout five?" "Seven," challenged Jon. When McGough paid up, Bon Jovi ripped off a corner of a bill and handed it to the group's manager, saying, "Here's your percentage." Then, Jon tore the $5 bill into five pieces, which he split among the four other members of the band. When McGough later requested that Jon keep the shades off, Jon again wanted a ten spot, which he didn't get. The glasses went back on.

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