Faces in the Crowd
Robert Wagner says Natalie Wood’s daughter (by her second husband, producer Richard Gregson) Natasha, 12, would like to be an actress, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s fine “if the right part came along. I think it would be wonderful training for her, and God knows she has the genes,” says Natasha’s stepdad. But what about the fact that Natalie’s years as a child actress caused her so much pain? (She even told an interviewer she’d never wish the experience on her children.) According to Wagner, “It was only later, when Natalie was making the transition from child to adult actress, that was rough.” In the meantime Natasha and her half sisters Kate, 17, and Courtney, 8, have appeared in occasional crowd scenes on his Hart to Hart.
With Mick and Jerry dominating the gossip pages, one might pause to ask what the former Mrs. Jagger is up to. Since last summer Bianca, 37, has been very quietly dating Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd, a 38-year-old divorce and eight-year veteran of the Hill. According to a member of Dodd’s staff, the couple met earlier this year when Bianca lobbied several members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the problems of refugees in El Salvador, and, the staffer says, they’ve stayed “good friends.” They’ve been seen together in Washington, weekending in Montauk, L.I. and at the O’Neill Theater Center in Water-ford, Conn. but not so far at Bianca’s old hangout, Studio 54.
That’s No, as in N-O
With the Tylenol poisonings still unsolved, exclusive interviews are practically impossible to get with Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner, 40, who was defeated this month in his reelection bid but still heads up the state’s investigation. ABC’s Max Robinson recently showed up at Fahner’s low-key headquarters in suburban Des Plaines in a chauffeur-driven limo and, under deadline pressure, demanded a private audience with the beleaguered official. Instead, Assistant Attorney General Mort Friedman told Robinson he’d have to wait with the other reporters for a scheduled briefing. The argument escalated, but Friedman held his ground. Finally Robinson stalked back out to his limo, got on the car phone and attempted to call Fahner directly from 50 feet away. Inside, the phone was handed to Friedman, whose job includes screening all calls. “It’s me again,” he snapped at Robinson, “and the answer is still no.”
A controversy has erupted in Great Britain over the fees hand knitters receive for sweaters sold in this country as Ralph Lauren creations. What started it all was a BBC report that the same pullovers British housewives knit for between $10 and $27 are sold by Lauren in the States for as much as $400. One indignant British reporter used the word “sweatshop” in characterizing the knitters’ situation. In New York a spokesman for Lauren called that charge “totally unfair.” He pointed out that the knitters are elderly women who work at home in their spare time—as he put it, largely for “therapy.” He justified the markup on the basis of “an awful lot of steps and costs” between knitter and seller. Anyway, at least one knitter interviewed has no complaint. “Tricky knitting,” she figured, “keeps my brain alive.”
•After four months on Good Morning America as a correspondent and sometime co-host, former Name That Tune singer Kathie Lee Johnson is still in awe of her new job. “Imagine,” she says, “looking into the face of a dog one minute [that was for a dog food ad] and interviewing Paul Newman the next. Guess which one I preferred?”
•Dom DeLuise, who considers himself a fine Italian chef, is planning to cook Thanksgiving dinner for his and his sister’s family. What’s on the menu? “Lasagna,” reports Dom, “in the shape of a turkey.”