David Cobb Craig
November 12, 2001 12:00 PM

He Got Games

In the NBC miniseries Uprising, airing Nov. 4 and 5, Friends star David Schwimmer does a dramatic about-face as an organizer of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance against the Nazis. On location in the economically blighted city of Bratislava, Slovakia, Schwimmer, 35, found an important role offscreen as well. “I wanted to keep up the morale of the group because I knew how depressing it was when we were working,” he says. “So I bought a Ping-Pong table and all sorts of board games. The hotel gave us a room that we set aside for all the cast members, so it was like our clubhouse, where we played chess, darts, cranked the music and tried to make each other laugh.” Speaking of laughter, do they get Friends in Bratislava? “Oh, yeah,” says Schwimmer. “It was strange.”

Being Sew Careful

Cindy Crawford’s new children’s book, About Face, features the übermodel mugging with kids, including her son Presley. The 2-year-old’s first modeling job didn’t impress him much though. “I don’t think he’s old enough to understand that not every kid in the world is in the book,” says Crawford, 35. With her newfound domesticity (Crawford and husband Rande Gerber are now the parents of two—daughter Kaia was born on Sept. 3), Crawford has taken up sewing. “My husband got me a sewing machine for Mother’s Day,” she says. “I actually did use it to take in some of Presley’s pajamas and hem some of his pants.” Still, Crawford—who gained 30 lbs. during her last pregnancy and has about 5 more to shed before hitting her normal weight of between 130 and 135—hasn’t made any alterations on her own duds. “I don’t trust myself on my designer clothes.”

Making Waves

After her 11-year stint as Sue Ellen Ewing on TV’s Dallas, Linda Gray knows a thing or two about the lush life. Now she’s playing the love-starved Mrs. Robinson in the London stage adaptation of the 1968 counterculture film The Graduate. Coincidentally, it was Gray, while working as a model in the ’60s, who lent her well-proportioned gams for that movie’s memorable poster. “I was going from gig to gig. The dishwashing soap, then the leg, then something else, you know?” says Gray, 61, who ran into The Graduate‘s Dustin Hoffman last summer before hitting the boards on Oct. 1. “I had never met him, but I did see him at a Hollywood Bowl concert. He was on his cell phone, sitting in a box. I waved at him, and he waved back. I have no idea if he even knew who I was.”

Too Much Accentuation

Thou Shalt Not, the new Broadway musical with original songs by Harry Connick Jr., takes place in the singer-actor’s native New Orleans. But movies and TV shows set there don’t hit home with him. “I usually bypass [them],” he says. “The accents are pretty bad. They go after a touristy kind of New Orleans. They make a big Cajun thing out of it. While there are Cajuns in New Orleans, that’s not really been my experience.” As for the title of his musical, taken from the Ten Commandments, Connick, 34, has an idea for an eleventh: “‘Thou shalt not eat too much Creole food.’ It’ll make you crazy. It’ll make you break all of the Ten Commandments before it.”

Wrinkle Resistant

Thirty years ago Richard Thomas made his debut as John-Boy Walton in the holiday classic The Homecoming, a role he went on to play on The Waltons for six years. Now 50, Thomas, who hosts PAX TV’s It’s a Miracle and costars in the network’s original movie The Miracle of the Cards, airing Nov. 10, has somehow managed to maintain the fresh-faced countenance that made him famous. “I haven’t worked hard to destroy myself,” says Thomas, adding that he expects his face “is going to fall in the sink one morning like it does with everyone else. I’m just going to have to pick it up off the floor and try to put it back on.”

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