December 01, 1980 12:00 PM

Prater Violet

Bianca Jagger’s divorce settlement this month was a reported million pounds (about $2.4 million), but she apparently won’t be spending much of it on groceries. “I love food,” says the diminutive Nicaraguan, “but I never eat sugar, salt, coffee or flour, nor will I let a drop of alcohol pass my lips.” Instead, she binges on violets from a florist near Mick’s former London home (now Bianca’s). “They help keep me slim,” explains La Bianca, 35, “and give my skin that special youthful glow.”

Pillow Talk

While speaking in Detroit, Washington Post executive editor Ben Brad-lee was asked about coverage of the Bill Agee-Mary Cunningham matter. He thought “the press handled it better than Bendix did.” Bradlee, of course, has some experience in the delicate field: He lived with Post star reporter Sally Quinn for a number of years before marriage. Their relationship created no immense flap. But he offered no advice on the perils of mixing emotions and promotions. “Wisdom of the ages,” said the courtly Bradlee, “cries for me to shut up about it.”

Spoiler’s Spoils?

When Sen. Jacob Javits of New York was defeated in the Republican primary in September, he announced that he would run for a fifth term on the Liberal ticket. He said he did not want the principles he represented to disappear from the Senate. In the general election, however, his candidacy took precious support away from liberal Democrat Elizabeth Holtzman, and hard-line conservative Alphonse D’Amato won by a slim 50,000 votes. Now rumors in New York political circles insinuate that it wasn’t just stubborn pride that kept Javits in the race. They suggest that Reagan forces asked Javits to hang in there and ensure a divide-and-conquer victory for D’Amato. In return, Javits, 76, will reportedly be given a federal appointment, possibly U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Javits denies he campaigned for other than noble reasons, but adds, “I would carefully consider any position that President Reagan cared to offer.”

Don’t Cry, Send Money

TV’s Edith Bunker may be dead, but her memory lives on. Though Jean Stapleton’s only stipulation on leaving Archie’s Place was that she not die on camera, both she and producer Norman Lear agreed that Edith shouldn’t die in vain. (Both are dedicated feminists who elevated Edith’s consciousness during her nine seasons on the air.) Lear’s Tandem Productions placed an Edith Bunker obituary in 50 newspapers this month asking for contributions to the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Organization for Women in lieu of flowers. So far several thousand dollars have been donated.

Winfield Sox It to Him

A free agent in search of a long-term million-dollar-a-year contract (at least), San Diego Padre outfielder Dave Winfield is being courted by several teams, including George Steinbrenner’s New York Yankees. But before the interviews began, Winfield sent letters to 17 general managers (out of a total of 26) instructing them not to bother drafting him because he wants to be in a city where he can work with underprivileged children through his Winfield Foundation. Chicago White Sox president Bill Veeck inexplicably got one of those letters and pouted, “Mr. Winfield has a strange knowledge of geography, history and social studies in the United States.” But Winfield, who is known to prefer a pennant contender, does know his standings: Veeck’s Sox finished the ’80 season a lowly fifth in their division, and the crosstown Cubs were last in theirs.


Actor James Keach’s son Kalen, 3, who played little Jesse in The Long Riders with Dad and Uncle Stacy, is already choosy about roles. Asked in New York recently if he’d do a commercial, little Kalen turned up his nose. “No,” he sniffed, “I only do movies.”

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