GOULD-DIGGING: Elliott Gould, 49, at the opening of his latest movie, Inside Out, dismissed it as suffering from "bad script, bad directing." (The critics agreed.) No problem, said the actor. His true love is directing. Although Gould has yet to direct a commercial film, he claims that Swedish great Ingmar Bergman, who directed Gould in 1971's The Touch, perceived Gould's talents, telling him, "Elliott, I've been afraid to die because who will continue my vision? Now I know that it's okay." Let it be noted that Bergman, 69, is still very much alive.
FARES WELL WITH ARMS: Multimillionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi might have thought that his 25-year-old daughter, Nabila, had taken up with some of his clients. Young Khashoggi, a model and budding actress living in L.A., just got her first starring role playing an "elegant cold-blooded killer" on a scheduled episode of CBS' Adderly. When Dad called to ask how things were going, she told him, "I killed two people today." Reports Nabila: "He was silent for a few moments, then said, 'I beg your pardon?' "
BOUND FOR GLORY: In an updated' edition of Written in My Soul: Conversations With Rock's Great Songwriters by Bill Flanagan, out this month, Bruce Springsteen reveals that he tried to sneak into Graceland in 1978, a year after Elvis died. "The night I climbed over the wall at Elvis' house, I really wasn't going to meet Elvis. Maybe I was going to meet some dream, or some idea I had of myself. And probably the biggest favor that that guard did was stop me at the door," he says. But Bruce learned from the experience. "Hero worship and idolization of rock stars, movie stars or people who win game shows is a distraction," quoth the Boss. Next week Bruce will pronounce on graven images.
MISSING PERSON: As Detective Gina Calabrese on Miami Vice, Saundra Santiago is all clearheaded efficiency. But off-camera her co-stars think she's scatterbrained. "They consider me a space cadet," says Santiago, who frequently loses keys, misses flights and gets into cabs without cash. Her partners in Vice explain such mishaps with a favorite refrain: Why? Because she's Sandy. In fact co-star Michael Talbott printed T-shirts with Santiago's picture and the words "Because She's Sandy" for the cast and crew. Everyone, including Don Johnson, wore one, planning to line up when Santiago arrived on the set. "The joke was on them," she laughs. "I never showed up." Maybe she forgot.
IN TUNE WITH HER WISHES: After her celebrated divorce from Peter Holm, Joan Collins vowed never to remarry. No one heard the message more clearly than Bill Wiggins, 41, a British property developer who knows his place. Of their London fling he explains, "She was going to be here this summer for three months, anyway. I was only incidental—like music." There was some harmony maybe, but nothing too close.