Peter Castro
April 29, 1991 12:00 PM

SHIRLEY JONES: OH! DANNY BOY!

“Unfortunately, the first thing that went through my head was, ‘Oh, no, not again,’ ” says Shirley Jones, 57, when asked to describe her reaction on hearing the news that troubled Danny Bonaduce, 31, who portrayed one of her sons on television’s Partridge Family (1970—74), had been arrested again last month, this time on charges of beating a transvestite prostitute. Jones, who will play Richard Mulligan’s girlfriend in an Empty Nest episode next month, says, “Danny was a rebellious little kid on the set. When I was working with him, I would swat him once in a while and make him behave. Danny had a rough home life. He was rough-and-tumble even then. He’d show up late and had a bad mouth and played practical jokes. He responded to my discipline, though. He listened to me. We got along really well, but you just had to keep him in line.”

ISAAK: FLUTTER-BUGGED

Pop crooner Chris Isaak, who played a member of the SWAT team in The Silence of the Lambs, gets butterflies at the thought of doing a sequel. “I’m scared of moths,” says Isaak, 34, alluding to an aspect of the hit movie’s plot. “Seeing a bloody face didn’t bother me, but moths do. My mom is scared of them too. Guys aren’t supposed to be scared of things like that, so when she’s around, I get them off her. But if I’m alone, I’ll just run away. Once I was performing in Greece and a moth landed on me—I didn’t know if I could go on. I don’t know where the fear comes from; I think maybe it’s how they dart up and down. And that creepy dust they wear really gets to me too.”

WORKING THE LATE SHIFT

When Diane Sawyer arrived at CBS’s morning news program in 1981, she had to go to work at 2 A.M. “And that meant walking out on the street with the other women [mostly prostitutes] who were working late that night,” Sawyer, 45, said at a recent American Woman’s Economic Development Corp. conference in New York City. “Barbara Walters swears that one night [when she worked on the Today show] she was gelling into her limousine, and one of these women looked at her and said, ‘You know, if she’s still gelling work at her age, there’s hope for you and me.’ ”

AARON SPEAKS OUT FOR THE RECORD

It is easier for a camel-Hair coal to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich baseball player to enter the record books. At least that’s what home-run record holder and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron thinks. Aaron, who hit 755 homers before retiring in 1976, says he doubts his majestic; record will ever be broken. “Players today are making so damn much money, they don’t kneed to play 23 years like I did,” says Aaron, 57, whose new autobiography is titled I Had a Hammer. “Hell, when you talk about players like Jose Canseco [$4.7 mil-k lion a year] and Darryl Strawberry [$4 million a year], when they gel finished with their contracts, they ain’t going to need to play anymore. And they won’t keep playing for the love of the game, because that’s not what they’re playing for now. I’m just thankful that big money wasn’t around when I was playing, because I don’t know if I would have continued, and there are just some things that money can’t buy.”

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