"Two women on an airplane saw me smoking, and they were so shocked," marvels Jean Smart, who played Designing Women's ultrafeminine Charlene. Imagine her fans' reaction when the actress appears in CBS's Nov. 17 tcleflick Overkill as knife-and gunshot-scarred prostitute Aileen (Lee) Wuornos, America's first convicted female serial killer. "Lee looks like she's seen some miles," says Smart. "Usually when actresses come to the set, the hair and makeup people make them look prettier. This time, they resisted admirably."
In Sydney, promoting his autobiography, What's It All About? Michael Caine had a few bumps to grind with another author. "I wait 59 years to write my book, and it comes out the same week as Madonna's Sex," Caine told Sydney's Sunday Telegraph. "If I had known, I would have had Scan Connery. Roger Moore and me posed in the nude. Give us an equal chance! All I've got is my Aunt Lil in her bathing costume, which is no competition for Madonna and Naomi Campbell, for Christ's sake." But Caine sees a silver lining in the Blond One's domination of the best-seller list: "Next week, she'll be out of books to sell."
In the made-for-TV thriller Double Jeopardy, which debuts on Showtime Nov. 21, that wasn't a stuntman but star Bruce Boxleitner himself who filmed sonic rugged rock-climbing sequences in Moab, Utah. Recalls the actor, 42: "When Larry Schiller, the director, and I first met for lunch at Le Dôme on Sunset Boulevard, he said, 'Bruce, at no time will I have you more than 10, 20 feet up.' Ha!" In one scene, Boxleitner was "straight up, just hanging by nylon cords off a granite wall, 300 to 350 feet off the floor. I lost my right front toenail because I had to grip the rock so hard." Perhaps to make amends, Schiller also gave Boxleitner a sex-in-the-shower scene with Rachel Ward.
Staging a celebrity-athlete tennis tournament in her native south Florida to benefit victims of Hurricane Andrew, Chris Evert, 37, attracted such notables as Florence Griffith Joyner and Sugar Ray Leonard. "I admire the players for doing something they don't do all that well," she says. "They put themselves in a position of humiliation." So did her husband, former Olympic skier Andy Mill. Though the couple won the event, which raised $450,000. Evert admits that "I was sure Andy and I would need marriage counseling before it was over. He kept pushing these backhand volleys into the net. I told him his ex-wife must have taught him that shot."