updated 04/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Heavyweight George Foreman, 44, is promising, yet again, to give his boxing career the hook after his next bout, on June 7 against Tommy Morrison, 24. "It will probably be my last performance," says Foreman, who wants to segue from the ring to playing a retired boxer in George, a sitcom that actor turned producer Tony Danza is pitching to ABC for next season. Foreman, who has already shot the pilot, says that the constant revising of the script gave him trouble. "During the course of the week, they keep cutting things that I've memorized," says Foreman. "Acting is a lot of hard work—I can't see the glamor in it—but that's why I like it. Plus, the camera doesn't hit back.

When Nell Carter was preparing to sing "A Friend like Me" from Aladdin at last month's Academy Wards, in her first major appearance since undergoing surgery for a brain aneurysm last July, the Gimme a Break star told the designer she wanted to wear her harem outfit to her next wedding. Although Carter, 44, isn't altar-bound, having been married three times, she has had plenty of experience. "I've had diseases that lasted longer than my marriages," jokes Carter. "You know you are in a bad marriage if you walk down the aisle thinking, 'Is this dress right?' "

As a relentlessly cheerful housepainter in Bodies, Rest & Motion, Erie Stoltz spends most of the movie wooing a reluctant Bridget Fonda. In real life, he has already won her: The couple share a home in New Mexico, a dog named Old Buckethead and the occasional movie co-billing. "We work together as often as possible," says Stoltz, 31. "Our work is so demanding—15 hours a day—when you get home you're too exhausted to have a decent conversation. So if you can spend that time with someone you love, it's helpful to the relationship and enriches the film." With that kind of schedule, it's hard to fit in a visit to the Cineplex. "Going to movies is a luxury that's far down on our list of priorities," says Stoltz. "Making them, however, is high up on our list."

The Masterson household is by basketball divided. Mary Stuart Masterson, currently starring in Benny & Joon, cheers for the Boston Celtics while her dad, director-writer Peter (The Trip to Bountiful) Masterson, roots for the New York Knicks. They'll go to games together in New York City, but, says Mary Stuart, "If you're a Celtics fan, pretty much everybody hates you." Masterson actually once met her heroes when a movie she was starring in, Funny About Love (1990), included a Celtics-Knicks game. "I barely shook their hands, maybe for two seconds, but it changed my life," jokes Masterson, who was too shy to ask for autographs. She did, however, pose with Celtic forward Kevin MeHale for a photo—one few will ever see. "I was very honored, but I have never looked less photogenic," she says. "I almost look like Richard Widmark."

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