No Horsing Around
“Bringing up children and training horses aren’t so terribly different,” avid equestrienne Princess Anne told a London newspaper, then added, “With horses it’s no good letting them boss you around in the stable and expect them to be saints outside. Same with children. It’s no good letting them come home from school and rampage around the house and then express surprise that their school report says they’re too boisterous.” Her conclusion? “On the whole animals are easier, because they don’t answer back.”
Doctoring the Script
In Blake Edwards’ movies, one character actor pops up even more often than Inspector Clouseau’s trusty houseboy, Cato. He played Senilo Tanney in “10,” Stiffe Tanney in S.O.B. and So-So Tanney in Revenge of the Pink Panther. All of these roles have been played by Dr. Herbert Tanney, a Century City, Calif. internist who treats various celebs, including Edwards. Since they also happen to be friends, Edwards created a bit part for Tanney in 1970’s Darling Lili, and he has appeared in nine Edwards films since. His more memorable roles include the bumbling detective Sherloque Tanney in Victor/Victoria and (in drag) the deadly Bavarian barmaid of The Pink Panther Strikes Again. In Edwards’ next movie, The Man Who Loved Women, Tanney is playing an M.D. for the first time. Now the good doctor considers himself a specialist. Jack Klugman reportedly asked him to appear in a Quincy segment, but Tanney laughed and answered no thanks. He only does features.
Cloris Leachman, who held the title of Miss Chicago in 1946, breezed back into the Windy City to star in the off-Broadway hit A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. Sitting around in her hotel room after a performance one night, Leachman, 56, ordered some fresh pineapple to nibble on while she watched the election returns of the controversial mayoral race. As it happened, room service was busy catering the victory party for Democrat Harold Washington in another suite and overlooked Leachman’s request. Deciding to help herself, she changed out of her PJs and zipped down to crash the new Mayor’s party. Greeting his unexpected guest, Hizzoner shook her hand and pronounced, “I am in the presence of royalty.” In return, Leachman explained her appearance as follows: “Miss Chicago wanted to meet Mr. Chicago.”
From our “What will they think of next?” department comes word of a nationwide fad: 14-karat gold false fingernails which cost $45 to $2,000. Not surprisingly, however, some Hollywood types have been on to the trend for years. Phyllis Diller owns a pair, though she usually hides them under her gloves, and the unsinkable Pia Zadora sports one gold nail with five diamond chips. As usual Liberace takes the prize for decadent chic: His golden nail has a candelabrum engraved on it. Let’s hope he’s not a nail-biter.
•Having finished No Good Dogs, a book of satiric drawings in response to Barbara Woodhouse’s canine training program, gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman failed to notice something left by man’s best friend on a London sidewalk. And—wouldn’t you know it?—Steadman slipped and broke his doggone ankle.
•Physicist Edward Teller, 75, dubbed “the Father of the Hydrogen Bomb,” prefers to share paternity with many others. As he said at a University of North Dakota peace conference recently, “The H-bomb has never sent me a Father’s Day card.”