July 20, 1981 12:00 PM

Uneasy Writher

Following her Wimbledon triumph, Chris Evert Lloyd requested, and was granted, an audience with one of the spectators. And what did Chris and Lady Diana Spencer chat about? Marriage, celebrityhood and nerves, among other topics. Finally the tennis star got around to asking why Lady Di’s betrothed hadn’t been in attendance. “It is because he can never sit still,” answered Prince Charles’ imminent bride. “He is like a great big baby, but one day I hope to calm him down enough to enjoy it.”

A Fortune for a Song

Despite his affluent, bucolic life, Paul McCartney apparently is not quite the man who has everything. Paul pines for the first recording ever of a McCartney composition, of which only one disc exists. In Spite of All the Danger, written with George Harrison, was recorded in a small Liverpool studio in 1958 when the Beatles were still the Quarrymen. The tape was destroyed within 24 hours, and the only record made from it landed in the hands of Quarry-man pianist Duff Lowe, now a stockbroker. On the flip side John Lennon sings That’ll Be the Day (and, says Lowe, “goes very sharp at one point and then comes in late—he was very embarrassed about it”). Lowe has turned down a $10,000 offer from McCartney, who wants to put the disc in a Beatles museum he’s starting. Instead, Lowe has put it up for auction at Sotheby’s, where it’s expected to fetch over twice that. Lowe shows no regrets about leaving the group (“I never thought they were anything special”). And there’s a bit of sour apple in his attitude. “I will sell it to the highest bidder,” he says of the disc. “Paul won’t get it for a song.”

Why Johnny Can’t Bomb

In the Carter Administration she was Secretary of Education, so it’s no surprise that Shirley Hufstedler, 55, opposes the Reaganauts’ plans to bolster defense spending at the cost of, among other items, education. “Very shortsighted” is how Hufstedler, now practicing law in L.A., describes the budget juggling. “If you don’t give assistance to those who need it in the elementary and secondary schools, then where will the people come from to operate those weapons systems? They won’t be able to read the instructions.”

With a Whimper

She is one of the last movie queens. As Joan Fontaine herself puts it, “I still live the way we used to live. I have a driver in New York, my apartment is filled with antiques, and I travel whenever and wherever I wish.” But the 63-year-old actress has some bones to pick. “Fewer and fewer restaurants demand that men wear neckties and jackets and that women wear skirts,” she observes gloomily, “and fewer and fewer people have servants. And how long has it been since any of us attended a party where finger bowls were set out?” And one more thing, harrumphs the elegant chatelaine of Alfred Hitchcock’s(and Daphne du Maurier’s) Rebecca: “Men go to Laundromats as a matter of course.”


•After delivering the commencement address at Pensacola’s University of West Florida, short-storyist supreme Eudora Welty was led to a gazebo where fans could meet her. Reports the 72-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner, “I felt like Santa Claus in a shopping mall, except that no one asked to sit on my lap.”

•When Sally Field arrived in Buenos Aires for the premiere of Back Roads, she was mobbed by Argentinian fans. Since they hadn’t seen the movie, it must have been for her Oscar-winning role in the 1979 Norma Rae, right? Wrong. Norma Rae’s pro-union sympathies earned it a ban from the junta. What the populace adores Sally for is her old TV series, The Flying Nun.

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