With the disclaimer that he's not Dr. Ruth or Ann Landers, The Cosby Show's Malcolm-Jamal Warner is putting the finishing touches on an advice book. It seems the 17-year-old heartthrob, who plays Theo, gets so many letters from advice-seeking teens that he's decided to print typical letters and answer them in a volume tentatively called Theo and Me. To be published by E.P. Dutton this fall, Theo's chapter topics include such teen problems as drug abuse, suicide and pregnancy. The reported advance for Warner and his co-author, Daniel Paisner, was $200,000-plus.
Also scribbling away—in longhand yet—is Peggy Iacocca, Chrysler boss Lee's ex. She recently bought a house in Miami and says, "I've been very busy working on a book. Something like My Life and Times with Lee Iacocca." Are she and the big guy in touch? "We are not talking for a while, by mutual agreement," she says. In the meantime she has become "good buddies" with Miami Vice star Michael Talbott, whom she met when Lee did a guest spot on the show. She describes Talbott, who plays detective Stanley Switek, as "adorable."
Ted Field, one of the producers of that high-grossing domestic comedy Three Men and a Baby, is involved in family confusion of his own. The Marshall Field heir is trying to evict his ex-wife, Barbara, and their 22-month-old adopted daughter from his Brentwood house, which Barbara claims he had promised to maintain for her and the child. They'll fight it out in court on May 18.
Casting Notes: For her next number, Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey has signed with Tri-Star to join Kevin Bacon and Andy Garcia in The Sixth Family. The movie, about members of the Mafia and hangers-on, starts shooting in Chicago in June...
Playwright Alfred Uhry, who earlier this month won the Pulitzer Prize for Driving Miss Daisy, went to London to oversee casting for Daisy's West End production. The title role of the proper elderly Southern lady has gone to Dame Wendy (The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne) Hiller. Zanuck-Brown owns the movie rights, and grandes dames Bette Davis, Ann Sothern and Katharine Hepburn have all said they'd like to play Miss Daisy in the movie.
Move over Loretta Lynn, Brooke Shields is singing country. In Nashville for a charity benefit, Shields went public with her country pipes when she surprised Lee Greenwood by joining him for a chorus of his God Bless the U.S.A. "This may be the closest I ever get to the Grand Ole Opry," admitted Shields, though it won't be for lack of trying. Recently, while still awaiting the release of her already filmed Brenda Starr, held up for almost two years by litigation, Brooke made a demo tape of three songs in Nashville and is now shopping for a record label.
The latest joke in Hollywood? President Reagan is planning to do a TV series when he leaves the White House: Eightysomething.
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