Tim Allis
December 17, 1990 12:00 PM


While playing the amorously adventurous—and quite bald—novelist HENRY MILLER in the recent film Henry and June, actor FRED (Miami Blues) WARD had dozens of close shaves. “It’s difficult.” says Ward, 47. “I don’t think the psychological thing about being bald bothered me so much. Once it was done and the makeup was on, I felt all right. I have a head of hair, so when the makeup wasn’t on, there’s this five o’clock shadow that pops up real fast, and sometimes they’d have to shave me twice a day, and that’s very bizarre. But one of the things I noticed is like when you buy a new Studebaker, you suddenly see a lot of them. Well, I noticed there were a lot of bald men in the world.”


Actress KELLY COFFIELD, 28, doesn’t mind that people often ask her, “Aren’t you the white girl on In Living Color?”—fox’s Emmy-winning comedy show. What she cannot abide is those who call her a “token” in the mostly African-American Living ensemble. “If I was a token, I’d be playing token roles,” she says. “I play a myriad of characters, and many have nothing to do with my race. If I was just the uptight white woman in every sketch, then I guess I’d be a token. It disturbs me because I just don’t think it’s true.” Coffield, a native New Yorker with a good bit of stage work under her belt, says she hasn’t found the switch to comedy difficult. “I had been lucky enough to play comic roles in the theater—and I’d always been funny at parties.”


While she admits that onscreen love clinches can be tricky, LENA OLIN, 35, had no problem with her Havana co-star ROBERT REDFORD, 53. “He was sweet,” says the Swedish actress, last seen in Enemies, A Love Story. In Havana, a romantic drama set during the Cuban revolution, Olin plays a political activist who has a love affair with Redford, a gambler. “It wasn’t difficult to do it with him. definitely not. Actually those scenes were saved until we had shot for quite a while, because usually it’s good that you get some kind of intimacy with the person. I mean, I could’ve done it the first day since he is the way he is, but it’s even nicer when you get to know how sweet he is.”


Directing her in Mermaids, RICHARD BENJAMIN found CHER, 44, no fish out of water when it came to artful acting. “I always thought Cher was a great actress relying strictly on instinct,” says Benjamin, 52, “but now I believe she must have had some formal training. She is so totally prepared and in control. She has the energy, humor and forthrightness of a modern-day CAROLE LOMBARD. “As Benjamin’s own career has segued from acting to directing, he has enjoyed the continuity of his 29-year marriage to actress PAULA PRENTISS, 57. Their secret: “We don’t try to psychoanalyze every little thing that happens. I think some couples actually look for conflict, like their life is a soap opera script. Paula and I prefer to laugh. Our life is a comedy script.”

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