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updated 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

DON'T GET THE WRONG IDEA
Many actors change their names to spice up their image, but Lolita Davidovich, the sultry Other Wonan who sideswipes Richard Gere's marriage in Intersection, tries to live hers down. "I don't know if my mother realizes to this day what she got me into by naming me Lolita," says Davidovich, 32, whose friends call her Lolly. "She just liked the name, but for other people it invited conclusions." This Lolita denies any similarity to either the pubescent heroine of Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel or stripper Blaze Starr, whom she played—memorably—in the 1989 movie Blaze, costarring Paul Newman as Louisiana's raffish governor Earl Long. "If Blaze hadn't happened," says Davidovich, "I'd still be worrying about my unpaid long-distance phone bills."

PICKING UP A COUPLE OF POINTERS
In the Party On department, give it up for the Pointer Sisters, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. "I took full advantage of partying and staying up late and all that when I was in my 20s," says eldest sister Ruth Pointer, whose life has changed a lot from the early days. Now at the ripe old age of 47, Pointer, with third husband Michael Sayles, gave birth to in-vitro twins last July, adding to her brood of three older children, ages 15, 28 and 29. "I used to leave the other kids with my mom when we were on the road," she says. "But I'm very involved with the twins. I like staying home, changing diapers, cooking dinner, going to bed early. Even waking up with them at 4 a.m. is a lot better than stumbling into bed at 4 a.m."

ALL THE KINGSLEY MEN
Ben kingsley's intense performances have won him an Academy Award for Gandhi and a nomination as Bugsy's Meyer Lansky. Now his portrayal of a Holocaust survivor in Schindler's List seems certain to make Oscar's list. But it's not that much fun playing heavy roles. "I'd prefer to drive off into the sunset in a Winnebago with a wife, children and Granny, or wear a nice suit and drink a Scotch at the bar. I can list 10 films where I've played the loneliest men in the world," says Kingsley, 50. "My agent said, 'You're good at it, Ben. I told him, "But I'd really like to gel the girl at the end.' He suggested, 'What about Jack the Ripper?' "

YOU CAN'T TOP '10'
The 1979 hit movie "10" turns 15 this year, and while its sexy naïf Bo Derek still hasn't made another movie worth remembering, she remains one of the world's most recognized women. "All 'lO' did was make my life a fantasy," says Derek, 37, who began a comeback of sorts with last month's made-for-cable movie Shattered Image. "Everywhere doors open. I don't go into a store and get treated badly. It's like living in a bubble." Mostly, Derek is happy at home on the 46-acre California ranch she shares with her husband of 20 years, John Derek. 67. "He's never been with a woman as old as I am," says Derek. (Two of his previous marriages, to Ursula Andress and Linda Evans, ended when his brides were 30 and 33 respectively.) "He likes me to have opinions and talk back, but sometimes when I do he'll threaten to go down to the high school and look around."

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