Take One

updated 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The first thing Harriett Bronson, Charles Bronson's wife from 1949 to 1965, wants you to know is that she is sympathetic toward her ex-husband's wife, Jill Ireland, and impressed by the courage that Ireland has shown in her latest bout with cancer. But Harriett is also extremely upset with the way she was portrayed in Ireland's recent book, Life Lines. Harriett feels that Jill painted her as a heartless mother in a hopelessly failed marriage. "I felt my marriage to Charlie was a good one until Jill came on the scene," Harriett says, adding that after the divorce she had a "walking nervous breakdown" and was unable to take care of their two children, Tony and Suzanne. "Then he wouldn't give them back. We went to court, and then the children went back and forth. But Jill's book makes it look like I abandoned them." Harriett is now talking to publishers about her own book, Hollywood and Bronson. Ireland's spokesman says she has no comment.

Charlie Chaplin, who would have turned 100 last month, returns to life—sort of—as an animated figure in a 13-week cartoon series for children on HBO called Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp in Modern Times. The show is being produced by Nelvana Entertainment and is scheduled to air sometime early next year. Chaplin's heirs gave Nelvana permission to use the Little Tramp character in the production. The show will have the tenderhearted Tramp responding to the tough times and problems of the 1990s, such as the homeless.

Prepare to be powed! In the May 19 episode of CBS's Beauty and the Beast, Paracelsus (Tony Jay) returns and makes Vincent (Ron Perlman), below, less than tender. Viewers will see a side of the Beast that's "more bestial" and "more predatory" than ever before, according to producer Ron Koslow. In a scene that sounds like a cross between the door bashing in Body Heat and the window smashing in Dracula, Vincent crashes down the door of Catherine's (Linda Hamilton) apartment. Hinting that Catherine and her favorite Beast may finally get more physical, Koslow says, "Catherine understands the only way of bringing him back is to surrender herself to him totally."

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