Chatter

updated 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/18/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

TALL TALES
Basketball Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain didn't confine his remarkable scoring talents to the court. Chamberlain, who in his new memoir, Wilt Chamberlain: A View From Above, claims to have had sexual encounters with—get ready!—20,000 different women, now reveals the method to his libidinous madness. "I hate to give away secrets," says Wilt, 55, "but I did have a very effective opening line. It's very simple. Since I traveled the world so much, especially throughout America, I knew my geography. I'd always ask, 'Where are you from?' And when she would answer, I'd pretend that I was from some small place close to it, and we would immediately be on common ground. She might say, 'I'am from Portland, Oregon.' And I would say, 'No kidding? I was born in Lake Oswego.' She wouldn't believe me, but then I'd say, 'How could I make that up?' And she'd say, 'You're right.' That approach has worked for me all over the world."

OLD RELIABLE
"Once you're in a certain age bracket, you are more attractive to younger men because there's a kind of mystique," says Rue McClanahan, 57, who plays coquette Blanche Devereaux on NBC's Golden Girls. "After all, older people do have more experience. When I was 25," says McClanahan, who has been married five times but has been an unmarried woman since 1983, "I was dating a young man who told me he was 24. I thought he occasionally behaved rather young, but he looked 24. I found out after we dated for several months that he was 18. His fascination was that I was an older woman." McClanahan claims she is still stalked by her juniors. "Right now, a lot of men in their 30s look upon me as fascinating," she says. "But I don't think men in their 40s would because I'm not that much older than they are."

THE EYES HAD IT
Forget Wilt Chamberlain. Megamodel Paulina Porizkova says the dumbest pickup line she ever heard was her own. "I was in this Paris disco once and, having been brought up in Sweden, I figured it was my responsibility to go pick up a guy if I was attracted to him, instead of waiting for him to come to me," says Porizkova, 26. "So I walked up to this really attractive guy with these beautiful turquoise eyes and said, 'You know, I'm crazy about men with your color eyes.' And he looked at me and said, 'Yeah, so am I.' "

THE RAP ON PRINCE
After ignoring rap for years, pop music's favorite iconoclast, Prince, has finally given in. The bantam funkmeister is sharing the billing with the New Power Generation, a band featuring rapper Tony M. Why the change of heart? "I always thought in the early '80s that Prince dissed rap," says Tony M, 25, who raps on Prince's new Diamonds and Pearls album. "But Prince's point is that, back then, rap had a lot of braggadocio that turned him off. In the mid-'80s, with Public Enemy and KRSONE, rap began saying something, and his mind began to change. This new band is the result." As for why Prince doesn't opt to rap himself, Tony M says, "I think people would perceive it as a sellout. That's not what he does. Let's be for real—if people saw Prince rap, they wouldn't buy it."

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