FRESHLY SQUEEZED: So there was Angie Dickinson polishing off two calorie-laden desserts at the AIDS gala in Los Angeles. “When I’m not working on a series, I always look for ways to keep that extra 15 pounds off,” she said. “But I don’t believe in giving up dessert.” Asked what she considers the best diet, she joked, “Oh, that’s easy. Grapefruit juice and young men.”
STEAK, RATTLE AND ROLL: Bruce Springsteen estimates that he loses three to five pounds every time he gives a concert. How does he put it back on? Well, when the Boss was at Miami’s Orange Bowl for two performances, he spent nearly $14,000 on food at the upscale Epicure Market in Miami Beach. According to the store’s general manager, Mitchell Thal, the bounty included 100 pounds of filet mignon, 17 ribs of beef, 150 rib-eye steaks, 135 pounds of ground sirloin, 40 pounds of Alaskan crab, 100 pounds of extra-large shrimp, 75 pounds of lobster tails and three gallons of oysters. Fortunately Bruce is into sharing—most of the grub went to his entourage, which numbers 80.
TO BE OR NET TO BE: While in Athens to perform Coriolanus, British Shakespearean actor Ian McKellen was asked where he got his inspiration for the role. “Playing Shakespeare,” he said, “I imagine what a character would be like if he were alive today. Coriolanus is John McEnroe. Coriolanus was a great athlete who fought battles in public but hated the crowd who came to watch him, and who felt superior to the people who provided him with his stardom. I can believe in Coriolanus because McEnroe exists.”
AYE, THERE’S THE TUB: Knots Landing’s Lisa Hartman found herself in hot water recently. It happened in Israel during the production of The 17th Bride, a feature film set during World War II. For a scene that takes place in the Jewish Orthodox section of Jerusalem, Hartman was supposed to take a mikva, or ritual bath. As the cast and crew found out, the more zealous religionists of that section make no bones about their disapproval of 20th-century technology. “They threatened to stone us,” recalls Hartman. “They slashed all the cables of our equipment. The producers were so scared they put me in a vehicle and took me away.” So much for verisimilitude. The scene was reshot at a ritzy spa in West Germany.
EXTRA ADDED ATTRACTION: In the spring of last year 16-year-old Cathie Gaska of Coquitlam, British Columbia, ran away from home to pursue a modeling career in Toronto. There, she took a job as an extra in a video, New Girl Now, by a group called Honeymoon Suite. Last October Cathie’s mother, Joanne Gaska, received a tip that someone resembling her missing offspring had been spotted in the video during a close-up of the audience scene. After seeing New Girl for herself, Joanne contacted the group manager, who helped her locate Cathie. That was the first step toward a get-together. Two weeks ago mother and daughter were tearfully reunited when Cathie returned home. “She looks really great,” says her mother, adding: “She wants me to cook all of her favorite foods.”
FUNDAMENTAL COMPLAINT: Burt Lancaster surprised his fans by showing up for a screening of his movie The Crimson Pirate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where a retrospective of the star’s films was underway. Lancaster, who won an Oscar portraying a hellfire-and-brimstone preacher in 1960’s Elmer Gantry, was asked by an audience member what he thought of today’s TV evangelists. “It hasn’t changed as far as I can see,” Lancaster replied. “That part was based on Billy Sunday, who would talk of kicking the devil. It’s sad that we have the kind of ignorance today in which this kind of thing still exists. It seems there’s a tremendous need people have for this kind of evangelism. It has a terrific pull.”