SHE WON’T SLAM DUNCAN: Being fired from Valerie, her eponymous NBC sitcom, has left Valerie Harper, 46, shaken. But she says she harbors no hard feelings toward Sandy Duncan, 41, who will replace her this fall. Characterizing Duncan as “a wonderful professional and a great girl,” Harper said, “She is an actor who was offered a job and took it.” Would she accept a part in a series if she heard that the lead was involved in a salary fight with the producers and that the money men had decided to dump her? “I can’t answer that,” says Harper. “It hasn’t happened to me yet.”
NO JOKE: Eddie Murphy spotted Barry Sobel, who’s been in Blind Date and Revenge of the Nerds II, doing stand-up at L.A.’s Comedy Store. Afterward, he told Sobel, “You’re one of the only white comedians who can do a black character without making me want to punch you in the face.” Murphy then offered Sobel a spot as the only white person on the Murphy-produced HBO special Uptown Comedy Express. Hey, it’s a job, and he got to keep his own teeth.
THEY PARTIED FRIENDS: Working with Kevin Costner in the hit thriller No Way Out was easier on Sean Young than her co-starring stint with Harrison Ford in 1982’s Blade Runner. “When I met Harry, he was 38 and I was 20,” explains Young, 27. “There I come waltzing in with the leading lady part and his attitude was, who the hell does she think she is?” A cool relationship on the set was rectified six months later at a Hollywood party. “I saw Harrison across the room and I wasn’t going to say hi to him and he knew it. So he came over, stuck out his hand and said, ‘Hi, my name’s Harrison. We worked together on a film.’ I laughed and said, ‘I know why you came over here. You just don’t want all your friends to see me not come over to you.’ Then he gave me a big hug.” Hollywood is such a friendly town.
SNOOZE CONTROL: How to account for the success of the on-screen and off-screen partnership of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, which has endured for nearly 30 years? Maybe it’s because they’re so poorly matched. “For two people with almost nothing in common we have an uncommonly good marriage,” Newman, 62, told London’s the Mail on Sunday, You magazine. Said Woodward, whose husband directed her in her latest film, The Glass Menagerie, due out next month: “I’m the emotional one. Paul approaches things more cerebrally.” Her equation for a happy marriage? “If he doesn’t snore, that’s a plus.”
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE IFFY: Maybe it’s too soon for another serious movie-star politician, but Dave Sanders, a Washington lobbyist representing the Conservative Caucus, recently visited Clint Eastwood, Mayor of Carmel, Calif., and says he tried to talk Clint into running for the U.S. Senate. Mr. Make My Day leaned back in his chair, grinned that grin and replied, “One thing at a time.” Which is certainly not a no.
FOOT SOLDIERS: A shoe-in for the most ridiculous spinoff of the Iran-contra mess would have to be the new Contra Couture footwear line, to debut Oct. 30 in L.A. and New York. Cooked up by Justin Greenburg of Houma, La., and carried under his own label, the shoes are made in a camouflage pattern, decorated with bullets and have names like the Managua, the Fawn Hall and the Ollie. “They’re for dangerous women,” says the designer. “Mrs. Oliver North would definitely not wear them.” The shoes are made in the Dominican Republic, not part of Central America. And where’s the Sandal-nista?