Star Tracks: 1974-1994

UPDATED 03/07/1994 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/07/1994 at 01:00 AM EST

WHAT THEY DID FOR PEOPLE!

WHO SAYS THE FAMOUS CAN'T HAVE FUN? CELEBRITIES HAVE TAKEN US UNDER THEIR COVERS, INTO THEIR TUBS AND WAY OUT OF CHARACTER—ALL FOR THE THRILL OF A PHOTO. OUR FAVORITE SNAP JUDGMENTS FOLLOW

"People view us, and me in particular, as angry and humorless," Jane Fonda said in 1982. Tweaking that dour image, she and then-husband Tom Hayden took to their Santa Monica bed with canine pal Manila and some heavy reading. The extra feet belong to children Troy and Vanessa.

Barbara Walters, retiring? In 1976, recently divorced from theatrical producer Lee Guber and beginning her new job on the ABC Evening News, America's first female coanchor cuddled up in Manhattan with 8-year-old daughter Jacqueline.

DOLLY HIT THE SACK, DALTREY KICKED BACK...

For Dolly Parton, at home in Nashville in 1981, the thigh was the limit. "The magic of the whole thing," she explained, "is that I am one way and look another."

The late Christina Onassis chose a St. Moritz bed—not a bareskin rug—for 11-month-old daughter Athina Roussel's classic pose in 1985.

Déjà vu-lez vous coucher avec moi? Don Johnson, then 24, and Melanie Griffith, 18, first displayed their bedside manner in 1975.

Four-poster boy Roger Daltrey savored his time at home. Relaxing in Sussex before another tour with The Who, he laid it out in 1975: "The road to me has always been a love-hate relationship."

...CHER GOT DOWN AND DIRTY, LECH WASHED UP...

Elijah Blue Allman gave mom Cher a bum steer before climbing into their Beverly Hills tub in 1978, shortly after her divorce from rocker Gregg Allman.

Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa bubbled over in 1981 when his 6-year-old son Przemek shampooed him at their home in Gdansk.

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt got into hot water with wife Althea Leasure in 1977 in their Columbus, Ohio, mansion. A year later he was paralyzed by an assailant's bullet; ill with AIDS, she drowned in 1987.

...GIORGIO UNDRESSED, GERMAINE DECOMPRESSED...

Pasta la vista baby: Singer Joe Dolce used his noodles to celebrate his 1981 novelty hit, "Shaddup You Face."

Giorgio Armani didn't mind the double exposure in Milan in 1979, when he admitted he was bisexual

In 1979 controversial feminist author Germaine Greer happily put her
foot in her mouth.

...HALE LEAPED, ROBIN LUNGED...

Up-and-comer Halle Berry took her career in stride last year at her Sandy Springs, Ga., home, recognizing, "I'm not always going to be the hot young star."

Robin Williams gave himself a big hand in 1988 following the success of Good Morning, Vietnam.

...GILDA HID HERHEAD, FRED JUMPED ON THE BED...

Her career had already clicked when Saturday Night Live's Gilda Radner walked on air in her Greenwich Village apartment in 1977. Twelve years later she died of ovarian cancer.

Boy Wonder Years star Fred Savage acted his age, 12, in his Tarzana, Calif., bedroom in '89.

With his dad poised to enter the White House, dancer Ron Reagan sprang for a Frisbee in New York City's Washington Square in 1980.

...STEVE MARTIN CAUGHT THE CAT...

Wild and crazy Steve Martin cooked up another use for a dead cat in 1980—but lunch walked.

Pianist Van Cliburn had to bear the thought of being roused out of a Baylor University bed by this cub brought to his room by a prank-prone professor in 1980.

Pet pee-ve: Comic Tracey Ullman tried to enjoy the steady stream of attention she attracted in 1989.

...AND JFK JR. BARED HIS TREASURED CHEST

Shortly after graduating from Brown University in 1983, John F. Kennedy Jr. went topless near Cape Cod, Mass., securing his position at the top of the pec-ing order.

SNL grad Eddie Murphy flexed considerable movie clout in 1983 after scoring big with 48 Hrs.

Prince Charles got off his high horse in 1988 and doffed his shirt following a Cirencester polo match.

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