GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM
Rocker David Bowie, now married to the model and actress Iman and out promoting his new Black Tie While Noise album, has undergone some profound ch-ch-changes since his first glory days 20 years ago. "There's a '70s revival in England right now, and they've been replaying interviews that I did," says Bowie, 46. "There was one shot during 1974 or '75, and what it brought to me was the pain I put myself through. That was the height of my drug addiction. It was very, very painful to watch. I looked so thin and so ill, and I was living in an alternative reality. Looking at it objectively, I found myself wondering how this poor soul was going to survive."
MISSING IN ACTION
Forget his martial-arts expertise and talent for gunplay. Action hero Chuck Norris, 53, tries something truly dangerous in Walker, Texas Ranger: He talks. Walker is a two-hour special that will air April 21 on CBS and introduce the lawman Norris will be playing in a new series of the same name. "You'll see something Chuck Norris has never done before," he says. "My character really opens himself up and talks about his life to a 15-year-old girl who has been brutally raped and is holding everything in. He has a five-minute monologue. You've never seen Chuck Norris talk five minutes in a whole movie."
BLOOD, SWEAT AND CHEERS
Having failed during her first year at Hollywood High to make the cheerleader squad, Sisters' Swoosie Kurtz finally gets pom-pom revenge, sort of, in The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, a made-for-cable film airing this month on HBO. She plays a housewife who testifies during the trial of Wanda Holloway (played by Holly Hunter), the obsessed Texas mom who, in real life, was accused of hiring a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's cheerleading competitor. Of her own long-ago cheerleading audition, Kurtz, 48, says, "I was going gung-ho and then literally tripped—my one foot got caught in my other foot—and I fell flat on my face. I didn't have the calves for it. I've got great legs, but there's a certain cheerleading calf, very muscular. Mine are shapely, but not sturdy. I failed miserably and went immediately into drama and black tights and never went in the sun again."
With a CBS movie, Adrift, airing this Tuesday (April 13) and a pilot in the works, Kate Jackson is back in the TV business full-time, her bouts with breast cancer in 1987 and '89 well in the past. "If your attitude is positive, everything in your life will lead you down a good path," says Jackson, 44, who lately has been applying her positive attitude to Arly Hanks, a series she hopes CBS will pick up for the fall. "I play a woman in New York whose husband runs off with a foot model, and I go back to Arkansas and become the sheriff of a small town," says Jackson. "I guess Arkansas is the hip state now. I told the producer I'd do the show purely as a social-climbing thing!"
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