11/02/1987 at 01:00 AM EST
Any lingering hard feelings between Cher and Sonny Bono since their stormy split 13 years ago apparently have vanished. Next week the actress-singer releases her first album in five years, titled simply Cher. The LP is dedicated to ex-hubby Sonny, now 52, whom Cher credits with urging her to cut her first record way back in the mid-'60s. On this latest venture, Cher, 41, has re-recorded Bang Bang, the 1966 hit written by Sonny. And if that isn't enough to show bygones are bygones, the pair will turn up together on Late Night With David Letterman. The date of their scheduled appearance? Friday, Nov. 13. Good luck!
On the other hand hard feelings appear to be all that linger between Elizabeth Taylor and her onetime beau Henry Wynberg. Wynberg, the former used-car dealer who dated Liz from 1973 to 1975 (and is now married to Clint Eastwood's ex-wife Maggie), is suing Liz for a $5 million piece of the profits from Passion, the star's $165-per-ounce perfume. In a complaint filed in San Mateo (Calif.) County Superior Court, Wynberg maintains that Richard Burton witnessed the signing of a 1975 contract in which Taylor sold Henry exclusive rights to her name to develop and market cosmetics and perfumes—for a mere $100. At an Oct. 15 appearance at Macy's in San Francisco, however, Taylor purred to a crowd of 3,000: "One thing I know is that you can't get passion by suing for it." Wynberg, 52, lives in Pebble Beach and claims to run a sportswear concern known as the Beverly Hills Manure Co., although buyers for several major department stores say they have never heard of it. In any case, Wynberg won't be dismissed by Taylor so easily. "I loved Elizabeth, but what's love got to do with it? My contract with her reads 'in perpetuity,' and that's not Latin for a week and a half."
The Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary are still four months away, but the folks in Hollywood already are sizing up this year's crop of presidential contenders. In the Democratic camp, Sally Field has hosted a party for Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis that drew, among others, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson, Ally Sheedy, Harry Hamlin, Donna Mills and Ed Asner. Fox chairman Barry Diller also threw a bash for the Duke, attended by Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Aaron Spelling and Kate Jackson. Jesse Jackson has gotten support from Bill Cosby and Roberta Flack, who both helped raise $97,000 for Jackson's campaign with a blowout at Harlem's Apollo Theatre last summer. Jackson celebrated his 46th birthday at an L.A. fund raiser on Oct. 3, which was hosted by Cicely Tyson and Quincy Jones. Held at the Roosevelt Hotel, the gala attracted Altovise Davis (Sammy's wife), Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Marla Gibbs and the cast of 227, and football-star-turned-actor Bernie Casey. In the Republican camp, Billy Dee Williams hosted 400 people in Boston's Faneuil Hall to help raise dough for former White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig. GOP hopeful Sen. Robert Dole has also been pressing the celeb flesh; last month he met Clint Eastwood, Joan Collins, Lynda Carter, Merv Griffin, Joanna (Growing Pains) Kerns, and Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart.
In his just released Whales of August, Lindsay Anderson directed screen greats Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. To hear the British filmmaker tell it, there is another great actress who hasn't yet made it to the silver screen. At last summer's Cannes Film Festival, Anderson found himself making small talk with Princess Diana, who was visiting. "Have you ever tried acting?" he asked innocently. The Princess of Wales shot him a meaningful look, then sighed, "I do it everyday."