August 19, 1985 12:00 PM

DID HE REALLY PART THE RED SEA? Honesty may be the best policy, but Charlton Heston would probably like to see a gag order issued on his mother, Lilla Heston. A week after Charlton gave an interview to the Chicago Tribune, his mother told the paper that almost everything her son said was, in her opinion, “nonsense.” Charlton says his favorite childhood memory is “hunting rabbits.” Mom says, “He never hunted a rabbit in his life!” Charlton says his mother advised him to take chemistry in school. Mom asks, “Why would I advise him to take chemistry? I have no interest in it. He had no interest in it. He was interested in becoming an actor.” As to his memory of himself as a “shy little country boy,” she points out, “We lived in Wilmette [an affluent Chicago suburb].” They were almost in agreement, though, about one point. Charlton told the paper he’s 60. Says mom: “That’s about right.”

OFF THE CUSP: The versatile Orson Welles can add pop singer to his list of credits, though listeners may prefer his performances in wine commercials. “I have a horrible singing voice,” he admits. Backed by the Ray Charles Singers, Citizen Welles just recorded a single for the obscure GNP/Crescendo label titled I Know What It Is To Be Young (But You Don’t Know What It Is To Be Old). “I think they asked me to do the record because I’m old,” says Orson, 70. But pressed on the question, “What’s it like to be old?” he changes his tune. “I’m not really old,” he says. “I’m just on the cusp.”

ORAL HISTORY: One of the largest tourist attractions in Oklahoma is Oral Roberts University, which brings in 175,000 visitors a year. Now, according to the Dallas Times Herald, the super-evangelist has hatched a plan that he predicts will bump that number into the millions. In 1987 Roberts hopes to unveil a $15 million “healing center,” which will include an entertainment area featuring special effects dramatizations of such biblical events as the creation of the world and Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. There will also be scenes from the life of Oral Roberts. “Providing people with fun is not our sole purpose,” points out an ORU spokesman. “This is not Six Flags Over Jesus.”

FRUITLESS ENDEAVOR: Nutrition guru Judy (The Beverly Hills Diet) Mazel doesn’t kowtow to her celebrity clients. She claims that she even dropped Raquel Welch. “She was such a prima donna,” Mazel told the Detroit Free Press. “I put her on a diet that included a lot of fruit, including papayas. An hour or so after she left, she called and said she didn’t feel good because of the papaya. I said, ‘Eat more papaya and don’t worry about it.’ Later she called again and said that the papaya had given her a sore throat. I told her that was unusual and hung up. After another hour or so had passed, she called again to complain that she was so cold she had to take a warm bath. That time I said, ‘Raquel, when you’re finished with your bath, would you put on your clothes and come down here and take your check back? You’re too much of a pain to deal with.’ ”

GENERAL STATEMENT: Seems that George C. Scott was the only person connected with the Oscar-winning film Patton who didn’t salute it—even refusing to pick up his Oscar for Best Actor. Now, 15 years later, Scott’s just completed filming a made-for-TV sequel in England. Called The Last Days of Patton, it’s based on the book by Ladislas Farago. Hoping to present the general as a misunderstood man, rather than a warmonger, Scott acquired the rights to the book, and hired a screenplay writer. The actor told Britain’s Daily Mail, “All I ask is a fair shake for Patton. [The original movie] wasn’t a true script, and it wasn’t a true story. If General Patton was alive, he’d shoot ’em all.”

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