A funny thing keeps happening to Alice Cooper since his cameo in the hit movie Wayne’s World. Cooper, 44, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., says that now when he goes to movies or a 7-Eleven, fans make like Wayne and Garth, going overboard on paying him homage. “Somebody says, ‘Hey, Alice,’ and it immediately starts: ‘We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy!’ Everyplace I go now, same thing,” says Cooper. “I was at a [Phoenix] Suns [basketball] game, and there was a whole section going, ‘We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy!’ ” How does Cooper feel about all this fan appreciation? “[My] last album was titled Hey Stoopid. So for a year I had to hear, ‘Hey, stupid!’ This is better.”
WHAT DO WOMEN WANT?
In Stormy Weathers, an ABC movie airing next Monday (May 4), Cybill Shepherd stars as private investigator Samantha Weathers. For her character’s love scenes with Robert (Bugsy) Beltran, Shepherd look an active role offscreen, helping to develop and write the steamy encounters after meeting with a group of women friends. “I wanted show what would turn on a woman,” says Shepherd, 42, who is also Weathers‘s executive producer. “Like keeping some distance between the two people at first, instead of just jumping on top of each other. Quickies are great, but when it comes down to it, it’s much more erotic if it takes longer and you have an opportunity to savor the feeling. as opposed to wildly rushing and pawing each other. Not that there isn’t a time for that too.”
IT’S A BEEPING SHAME
Singer Gloria Estefan has two 8-inch metal rods fused to her spine, a legacy from the 1990 bus accident in which she broke her back. Now fully recovered, Estefan, 34, was asked if her hardware sets off airport security alarms. “No, but believe me, I tried!” she says. “The year I had the accident, I was dying to go through the security thing. When I didn’t beep, I called my doctor, and he said, ‘No, you’re made of titanium. You’re [practically] nonmagnetic, so you won’t beep.’ ”
CUT! ROLE ‘EM!
In the CBS TV movie Deliver Them from Evil: The Taking of Alta View airing this Tuesday (April 28), Harry Hamlin plays Richard Worthington, the Utah man who killed a nurse and held a maternity ward hostage for 18 hours last year because he was angry with one of the hospital’s doctors. How did Hamlin prepare for such a gritty role? “I got about 20 pounds of depositions and court documents, and I rented a car, and I drove, alone, from L.A. to Salt Lake City. I read the transcripts at night in these seedy little motels, and by the time I got to Salt Lake, I pretty much was Richard Worthington.” Hamlin, 40, even got a crew cut to look the part. “I surprised everyone by arriving on the set with a buzz cut. I hadn’t had a crew cut since I was 11,” he says, adding that he may stick with the “low maintenance,” short, sassy ‘do. “I love it because everyone wants to pet me.” Including wife Nicolette Sheridan? “She likes to pet me too.”