UNDERGROUND PERFORMER: Suddenly she’s a homemaker and a Disney star, but Bette Midler remembers a different Bette of not so long ago. “I used to do drugs but not now,” she told London’s Sunday Mail. “I have been a drunk, a lousy drunk. I’ve woken up face down in the gutter. There was a lot of me in Rose [Midler’s Oscar-nominated hard-living rock star of The Rose]. I think in my heart of hearts Rose is what I would have been if I hadn’t been so square. I’m a split personality. There’s part of me that says be good, pay your taxes, don’t go off the deep end. And then there’s the other part of me that wants to spit in the subway and show my bazooms.”
INFREQUENT FLIER: At a Passover seder in Jerusalem at the home of Israel’s Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, dancer Rudolf Nureyev talked about his defection from the Soviet Union in 1961. Nureyev expressed envy toward another famous defector. “Can you go back to visit?” inquired Peres. “No,” replied Nureyev, 49, whose mother and two sisters are still in the U.S.S.R. “[Mikhail] Baryshnikov made an anti-Russian film, White Nights, and was officially invited to visit Russia and return to the West. For me, there will be only a one-way ticket.”
PUPPY LOVE: Speaking to members of the National Press Club in Washington, screenwriter-director Oliver Stone confirmed that he’ll be making a sequel to his Academy Award-winning Platoon, but not before filming a movie about Wall Street. “Executive Suite was made in 1954, but there hasn’t been a good business movie since then,” said Stone. “I’ve run into a lot of Vietnam vets who tell me that Wall Street’s an extension of combat—that there is a certain high to closing a deal, to taking out the enemy, the other corporation. The language is brutal, violent. Everything but machine guns are in evidence.” Asked if he plans to continue to be an “issue filmmaker,” Stone replied, “I’ve dealt with the drug trade, the Turkish justice system, the Chinese mafia, El Salvador, Vietnam and now Wall Street. Next, I think I’m going to do something about a dog, or something that maybe my kid would enjoy.”
DOOBIE-OUS ACHIEVEMENT: To protest Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham’s revoking of the state’s holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the Doobie Brothers, who disbanded in 1982, moved their May 21 reunion concert from Phoenix to Las Vegas. “We have several black members who voiced their objection and everyone agreed,” says drummer Keith Knudson. “Martin Luther King is someone I’d like my kids to know about.” Stevie Wonder has said he won’t tour in Arizona until the King issue is rectified. And the Irish rock group U2, which launched its current U.S. tour in Tempe, Ariz., donated money to the Mecham Watchdog Committee, an organization working to recall the governor.
DO-IT-YOURSELF DIET: Dolly Parton, now a size 3, credits her 50-pound weight loss over three years to “eating sensibly—anything I wanted, but just small bits.” Before that, however, she tried every fad diet she could find. “There was even a Dolly Parton diet that they ran in one of the tabloids,” she says. “I knew nothing about it, had never heard of it until I read it, but figured what the heck, I might as well try it. Funny thing was, it wasn’t bad.” But it didn’t work, either.
TOEING THE LINE: Imelda Marcos remains indignant on the subject of her footwear. “I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes, I had 1,060,” the former First Lady of the Philippines told journalist Peter S. Greenberg. And just how is she surviving on the new, scaled-down Marcos budget in Hawaii? “Look at me,” she said, pointing to her outfit. “I bought the top for $3.99 at the Holiday Mart store, the pants for $9.99 from J.C. Penney’s and the shoes for $12.99. Don’t I look nice? It just goes to show that even I, Imelda Marcos, can look chic on a budget.”