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Director Rob Reiner says his All in the Family nickname, “Meathead,” may just stick with him for life. “If I win the Nobel Prize, it’ll say, ‘Meathead wins Nobel Prize,’ ” says Reiner, 46, who is producing a new TV sitcom, Morton & Hayes, which began airing on CBS in July. “When we had the royal premiere for When Harry Met Sally [which Reiner directed] in London, we were walking up the red carpet to meet Princess Diana, and somebody in the crowd yelled out, ‘Meathead!’ I was in Mexico and people said, ‘Cabeza de carne,’ which is Spanish for ‘head of meal.’ It doesn’t matter where I go, that’s always going to follow me.”


“I’m amazed at the amount of plastic surgery in Hollywood,” says Emma Samms, 31, who prides herself on being a natural woman. “There’s a stereotype in Hollywood of no butt, large breasts and a pretty face—and not many people are born that way. Somebody gave me a hug recently and said, ‘Wow, real breasts! That makes a nice change.’ I guess he has been in the business too long and forgotten what it was like.” Would Samms, who stars with John Candy in the film Delirious, due Aug. 9, ever consider surgical improvement? “I think if you had asked me that when I was 20,” she says, “I might have said yes, but after seeing such bad facelifts, no.”


Tori Spelling, 18, who plays Donna Martin on the Fox network’s Beverly Hills, 90210 and who just graduated from Westlake School for Girls herself, says she will take acting over academics any day. “I hated school,” says Spelling, whose father, Aaron, heads the company that produces 90210. “I never went. I’m amazed that I graduated, actually. I was bored out of my mind. When I had homework, I would do anything not to do it: cut classes, go out to lunch, breakfast—and shop, of course, since,” she adds with a laugh, “that’s my life.”


Dr. Benjamin Spock, who guided generations of moms and dads through parenthood, wouldn’t wish his mother on any prospective parent. “My mother was a tyrant,” said Spock, 88, while speaking at Manhattan’s New School for Social Research. “If you did anything that outraged her, she would clap on more punishment, and if you protested for half a minute, she would say, ‘For that,’ and add on more punishment. My mother in her whole existence as a parent never changed her mind or her punishment. It was really a bad situation for a teenager to be in.”