Ever since Terry Moore, 55, won an estimated settlement of $10 million or more last year after maintaining that she was secretly married to the late Howard Hughes on his yacht in 1949, the former starlet has been flying high. Her story about life with Howard, titled The Beauty and the Billionaire, will be published in May, followed by a CBS movie, based on the book, in which Terry will play her own mother. Now Moore, who confessed to bigamy when she admitted she wed three more times without divorcing Howard, plans to fly a BAC One-Eleven around the world, departing from Long Beach, Calif. on June 5. Her goal: to break the onetime world record of 3 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes set by Hughes in 1938. If that sounds as if the widow is competing with her husband’s memory, Terry hastens to add, “Howard Hughes is the only man I’ve ever loved. I’m doing this in tribute to him.” A licensed pilot, Moore hopes to complete her global flight in five days (R & R time will not count), with stops in New York, London, Moscow, Tokyo and Honolulu. But Terry won’t be traveling solo: She has asked Gina Lollobrigida to photograph part of the trip and has invited Cary Grant and Gregory Peck to accompany her on different hops, with celeb invitees for the other three legs being contemplated. So far nobody has RSVP’d, but maybe Grant and Peck will be swayed by a provocative poster of Moore clad in part of an aviatrix’s outfit, which is due out this month.
Sydney Pollack, who directed The Way We Were, is talking with the co-stars of that film, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, about a sequel. “We’d pick up the story 10 to 15 years later and see what happened to the characters,” says Pollack. Though he contends there’s no script or working title as yet, a source at Tri-Star, where the project is in development, says the current title is The Way We’ve Changed….
Pollack also wants Redford for Out of Africa, a film about the early life of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who died in 1962. Redford would portray her English lover. Filming is scheduled to begin sometime in July, in Kenya.
Marching to the beat of a different drummer isn’t easy when you’re Zak Starkey, 18-year-old son of Ringo Starr. Zak, who drums for a band called Wind in the Willows, has just cut his first album in London and is making the rounds of record companies—without the help of Dad. His mother, Maureen, who was divorced from Ringo in 1975, says that Zak asks his old man for drumming advice but that “he has a totally different technique” and wants to make it on his own. Zak did have a little in-studio help from his friends—bassist John Entwistle, 39, of The Who, and ’60s pop singer Donovan (Mellow Yellow) Leitch, 37.
The mystery of who’s bumping around the attic of the Chandler mansion on ABC’s popular soap All My Children won’t be unraveled until sometime later this spring. If you’re betting it is suave businessman Adam Chandler’s nutsy twin brother, you’re in for a double surprise. It will be revealed soon that Adam (played by David Canary), who recently married Erica (Susan Lucci), does not have a twin; he’s actually schizophrenic. So who’s in the attic? That’s the theme of an upcoming ABC publicity campaign meant to build the suspense. But according to a mouse in the mansion, the mysterious thumper is Adam’s crazy sister, a new character who also turns out to be the mother of his nephew, Ross. That’s one way to keep the ratings out of the cellar.