DIANNE WIEST GOES CALLING WITH AVON
Edward Scissorhands may be director Tim Burton's idea of a suburban fantasy, but the movie's portrayal of a friendly Avon lady is based on the real thing. Last March, actress Dianne Wiest tagged along with June Young, an Avon rep in Tampa, where Scissorhands was filmed. "We went door-to-door so she could get a feel of what it was like to be a rep," says Young, 50. The 15-year Avon veteran thinks Wiest "portrayed the Avon person as nice and caring." But, she says, "I wouldn't go bounding into that castle like she did. The day I open the door of somebody else's house and barge in is the day I'm going to be in trouble." As for the scarred face of the creature Edward (Johnny Depp
), Young isn't sure that the concealing cream that Wiest used (which was not made by Avon) is the answer. "I don't know if there's a product that's going to erase the kind of problem he had," she says. "I'd get plastic surgery."
DRESSED TO KILL
In The Godfather Part III, the hardened gangsters make crime pay in softly constructed earth-tone suits. But New York City's alleged real don, John Gotti (indicted in December on federal racketeering charges), prefers flashy styles with nipped waists and wide lapels. Sources close to the man dubbed the Dapper Don say he buys custom-tailored Brioni suits from Manhattan's De Lisi Haberdashers. The suits cost about $2,300, but, discretion being the better part of valor, Gotti reportedly has the labels removed.
ALICE IN MILLINERY-LAND
Woody Allen's Alice is "this year's hat movie," says Headwear Institute of America director Susan Tildesley, who reckons the poster of Mia Farrow in a red felt hat with a black grosgrain ribbon will promote that style the way Dick Tracy popularized the fedora last summer. The film's costume designer, Jeffrey Kurland, bought the Eric Javits hat because it suited Farrow's delicate features and "gave her the innocence Woody wanted her to have." Farrow plays a wealthy Manhattan housewife who longs to work with Mother Teresa. Designer Javits says the $125 topper, which he calls a "schoolgirl," has been one of his best-sellers for three years.