By People Staff
December 07, 1981 12:00 PM

Paternity Suits Him

When teenage girls in America voted Burt Reynolds their favorite fantasy father in a recent poll, the dedicated bachelor acknowledged the irony. In the movie Paternity he plays a man who will do just about anything to have a child, and life, in this case, imitates art. “I love kids so much,” reports Burt. “I’ve even tried to adopt one. But all the agencies turned me down because of my harum-scarum movie-star image. I’m not getting any younger, and I don’t want to have children when I’m too old. Obviously, the only way is to get married and have one of my own. It’s about time.”

Alas, Poor Urich

A freezing, sneezing Robert (Vega$) Urich has just finished a thriller called Endangered Species under the chill moon of Wyoming, where he was dunked in streams and chased, stomped on and kicked by his co-stars, some 150 head of cattle. He bedded down around dawn, which happens to be about the same time the road crew outside his window got to work with the heavy machinery. “And they said,” he groans, “that it was all Learjets and sunglasses.”

Long Good-byes

Director Sidney Pollack can’t let go of his movies. “I hate to end at the end,” he told students at Manhattan’s New School. “In The Electric Horseman there were about 15 endings. In Absence of Malice it took 45,000 feet of film to get the last scene right. [The finished movie has only 12,000 feet.] Even after it began screening, I decided to do it over again and added two lines to the ending.” (Those two lines? “Maybe I’ll see you around sometime,” says Paul Newman. “I’d like that,” replies Sally Field.)

Korchnoi’s Complaint

After losing the world chess championship to Soviet grand master Anatoly Karpov by the convincing score of 6-2, Russian defector Viktor Korchnoi hinted he may have been rooked. “I suspect I have been a victim of strange forces,” explains Korchnoi, who says he experienced “a kind of fear” during the first four games. “Spectators said I sat there for periods with closed eyes, yet I do not remember doing so.” Korchnoi blames not a hex, but parapsychology, which he claims is being developed in the Soviet Union by the KGB. “This match,” he says, “was a great victory for Soviet science.”

Family Feud

Newsmen Bernard and Marvin Kalb recently published their first joint novel, The Last Ambassador, and Bernard gets top billing on the dust jacket. How come? Not, as one might have surmised, alphabetically or by age (Bernard is 59, Marvin 51) but rather by family vote. “I have four daughters,” reports Big Brother, “and Marvin has two. Our side won.” As to the mechanics of sibling co-authorship, Marvin offered this insight: “It’s easy. One brother sits at the typewriter, and the other brother stands behind him and says, ‘Terrific. Don’t stop.’ ”

April Fool

Bass player Verdine White had trouble gaining admittance to an L.A. studio where his group, Earth, Wind & Fire, was rehearsing. It seems a fan had already used his name to get past the guards. After proving his identity, White went inside and confronted the impostor. “If you want to say you’re me,” he warned, “you’ll have to pay my taxes in April.”


•At 36, Rod Stewart admits, “It’s harder going on the road now, playing like crazy for two solid hours. Leaping about, racing all over the stage and singing my heart out—that’s murder on my lungs. Sometimes I come off thinking I am about to die.” Still, he reflects, perhaps a tad cattily, “I’m not as old as Debbie Harry or Mick Jagger.”

•There goes another illusion. Jack Weston explains the scene in The Four Seasons, directed by Alan Alda, when he falls through the ice in a New England lake: “I’m no fool. I love Alan, but I wasn’t going to go into 30-degree water for him. They filmed me in the Caribbean surrounded by phony ice, yelling, ‘Help, help!’ ”