By Richard Sanders
April 07, 1986 12:00 PM

THE LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND INFAMOUS: Despite her husband’s reputation as a torturer, Michèle Duvalier is making new friends in Grasse, France—the Riviera town where she, “Baby Doc” and their family have settled. “Once the noise quiets down,” says an American hostess, “Michèle will be the prize dinner guest here. And I can’t wait to see her hit the stores in Cannes.” By contrast Imelda Marcos’ social life is on the downswing. She asked several American friends to visit her and Ferdinand in Hawaii, but the old chums found the prospect to be less than inviting. The explanation, as one no-show put it, was simple. “I didn’t want to go out there and get shot with them.”

A PUNCTURED FACADE: Although Sade rarely reveals her personal side, she let loose during a concert in Frankfurt. After starting the show 50 minutes late, she suddenly stopped singing and tearfully advised the crowd, “Hold tight to your love—I’ve lost mine.” She then walked off and spent the next two hours sobbing in her dressing room. The reported reason: Sade had just heard that boyfriend Spike Denton, a British club singer, was allegedly having an affair with Greek acupuncturist Maria Demetriou—a former girlfriend of Denton’s and a present friend of Sade’s. Her soul-baring phase was short-lived, however. Within days of the incident, Denton was said to be back at Sade’s side, the acupuncturist was denying the story, and Sade’s publicist was attributing the outburst purely to tour fatigue.

INSTEAD, THEY CHEWED THE FAT: When Webster’s diminutive Emmanuel Lewis ran into Capitol’s Constance Towers a few weeks ago, he ended up shaking her hand—not, as she’d feared, biting her leg. Towers explained that she’d recently appeared on the game show Body Language. “The name I had to act out was Emmanuel Lewis. I really didn’t know who he was, so I took a guess and pretended to dribble a basketball. Everyone started laughing. When I found out who he was, I wrote him a note saying, ‘If you ever meet me, I hope you won’t bite me in the shins.’ ”

A PORE MEMORY: After a year devoted mostly to fund raising, Bob Geldof is ending his involvement with hunger relief and returning to rock. “I don’t want to be a Save the Children ad,” he explains. “I’m not Brother Teresa. The trick was to sell famine relief like a hit record and it worked.” During his stint as a saint, Geldof did get to meet a number of world leaders, including Thomas Sankara, president of the small African nation of Burkina Faso, who he says “looks like Eddie Murphy in a jumpsuit,” and Ted Kennedy. “Meeting him was like having an Irish living room wall come alive,” says Geldof. “I couldn’t stop staring at those huge pores on his face.”

AT LEAST SHE STILL HAS HER HUMILITY: Fourteen months ago, Tawny Little quit her job as an L.A. newscaster and set out to become an actress. But after a career that peaked with appearances on Benson and The Love Boat, she’s returning to TV news. “I gained respect for actors,” says the 1976 Miss America and former Mrs. John Schneider, “but I like to be busy. I can’t fill my time with shopping. I don’t have that personality. And I can’t work as a clerk or a waitress. I’m just too well-known for that.”

HE’D LIKE A MORE OFFBEAT ROLE: Contrary to published reports, Billy Martin will not make his feature film debut in Candyland, a comedy that will start shooting in July. For one thing, filming the cameo would have conflicted with Martin’s new duties as a Yankee broadcaster. For another, says Martin’s attorney, Paul Tabary, “I didn’t think it was in Billy’s best interest to play a drunken bar customer who gets into a fight.”