Rebecca Bricker
April 16, 1984 12:00 PM

Princess Caroline has finally answered the question “Is she or isn’t she?” The new bride, who was married to Stefano Casiraghi on Dec. 29, has put in an order for maternity clothes from Suzanne Eliastam, the designer-owner of Toujours Belle Maternity Fashions in Los Altos, Calif. Eliastam, who has created maternity fashions for Jane Pauley and Phyllis George, won’t discuss the details for reasons of “protocol” but divulges that Caroline, 27, has asked to meet with her in Europe to go over her wardrobe needs. Eliastam, whose garments cost from $200 to $2,000, may have to send a representative to the meeting because she is too busy dealing with other clients—including another pregnant princess, Diana.

You’d think it was a royal wedding they’ll be tossing on the April 13 episode of the CBS soap The Young and the Restless. When Melody Thomas, playing flighty Nikki Reed, marries fourth husband (and father of her 18-month-old child) Victor Newman, played by Eric Braeden, she’ll be wearing a dress created by Jerry Skeels, who codesigned the revealing red sequin number Joan Collins wore on the cover of December’s Playboy. Thomas’ gown is made of 25 yards of silk and 35 yards of organza and is adorned with lace and hand beading. The cost: $15,000 to $20,000. At that price it seems certain that Nikki, a former stripper, will keep her dress on at least through the ceremony.

A controversy as thick as smog has settled over the men’s marathon at the Olympics this summer in L.A. The race is set for the closing day of the Games, Sunday, Aug. 12, at 5:15 p.m. (the women’s marathon begins at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 5), and the normal temperature for that time of day is about 84°F. The expected heat, coupled with L.A.’s notorious smog, is worrying many marathoners, including Australia’s Rob de Castella, a leading contender for the gold. “It’s crazy to ask the world’s best runners to run in those conditions,” he complained in an interview. “Ideally the marathon should be run at 6 or 7 a.m., before the heat of the day. But that doesn’t serve television.” A spokesman for ABC, which has exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the Games, insists, “We had nothing to do with the scheduling of the event,” and the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee has ignored all complaints. Says Delores Wood, the committee’s deputy press secretary, “We wanted the closing ceremonies to come at the end of a very exciting sporting event. The marathon is a highly emotional point, and we wanted to bring that emotion into the closing ceremonies. We’re happy if ABC is accommodated.”

Nell Carter, star of NBC’s Gimme a Break, who lost 81 pounds on a crash diet last year, is back in hog heaven, and that’s creating hell on the set. “Nell has gained back almost all the weight she took off,” moans an insider. “It’s making havoc for our story lines and the glamorous Nell we introduced last fall. We’re really straining in the wardrobe department. The girl just likes to eat.” If the scales tip much further, they may have to rename the series Gimme Some Cake.

“Marriage on the rocks? Loss of hope? Sex: Too much or not enough? Teenage hassles? Burnout? Low self-esteem?” That’s the teaser for an ad recruiting participants for a new NBC daytime show called In Session. The half-hour pilot, expected to air this summer, features psychologist/ author Dr. Irene Kasorla dispensing advice to people with serious personal problems. Although only first names will be used, each participant will be seen clearly on camera and will receive $1,000 worth of free private counseling. Says one of the producers, “The response has been fantastic, although we have had calls from quite a few loonies.”

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