August 10, 1987 12:00 PM

CAPITOL THRILL: Actresses Morgan Fairchild and Shelley Duvall, in Washington, D.C., to testify before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in favor of the California Desert Protection Act, checked out the Iran-contra hearings. They snared front-row seats, no small thanks to Kim Cranston, Duvall’s live-in mate and son of California Sen. Alan Cranston. Duvall watched the drama—mostly the testimony by Adm. John Poindexter—with a producer’s eye. “It’s amazing that they can perform so well under pressure,” she said, adding, “I want to emphasize the word ‘perform.’ ” Fairchild also appreciated the thespian talents on display. “I’m fundamentally opposed to what [Ollie] North is doing down in Nicaragua,” she said, “but I’d love to co-star with him. He’s a good actor.” As for the good reviews drawn by her own testimony on behalf of the desert, Morgan explained, “Honey, with my reputation, people are surprised that I can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

ELEVATED STATION: Could Lee lacocca be ready for a new set of wheels? The Chrysler chairman told the nation’s governors, meeting in Traverse City, Mich., that New York Gov. Mario Cuomo had offered him a job as head of the Big Apple’s transit authority. Said lacocca, referring to his and Cuomo’s Italian heritage: “It had something to do with the fact that Mussolini got the trains to run on time, so why not me?”

HALL PASS: Reporters and other snoops stand little chance of outfoxing Mick dagger’s devoted mum. Eva Jagger, 74, told the British Woman magazine that after Mick and Jerry Hall’s last child, James, was born nearly two years ago, a journalist phoned to ask how many grandchildren she had. No dope she, Mrs. Jagger says, “I knew what they wanted. I said, ‘I think it’s 22.’ There was a dead silence at the other end. Every time there’s a story about them marrying, they ring us. I tell them, ‘It’s no good asking me.’ Then they say, ‘How would you like Jerry to be your daughter-in-law?’ Well, it wouldn’t make any difference because I couldn’t be any fonder of her than I am now.” Tallying the virtues of the tall, Texas-born model, Eva noted, “She’s so natural and she’s got a job, which is good for Mick. He likes that sort.”

TOP TIN: Oh, to be a pop star and cut a record. Well, the second part is easy enough. Just plunk down $9.95, step into a booth and sing along to your favorite hit. (Then try to find somebody who likes you well enough to listen to it.) Center Stage, a nationwide chain of shopping mall walk-in studios, has just compiled a list of the 10 songs most requested by 70,000 sing-along customers. And the winners? In order: Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All, Madonna‘s Open Your Heart, Dionne Warwick’s That’s What Friends Are For, the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, the Beatles’ Twist and Shout, Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, Phil Collins’ Against All Odds, Janet Jackson‘s What Have You Done for Me Lately, a tie between the Beastie Boys’ Fight for Your Right (to Party) and RUN-D.M.C.’s You Belllin’, and, in 10th place, Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were. The three least requested of the 130-plus songs in the catalogue are Randy Newman’s Short People, Hava Nagila and The Sound of Music. Guess that makes them the Pit Parade.

IT’S A JOKE, RIGHT? That crazy Secretary of Education. When William Bennett took actors Clint Eastwood and Louis Gossett Jr. on a tour of the White House, the trio stopped by the Oval Office to say hello to fellow actor Ronald Reagan. “I’m Clint Eastwood,” said the mayor of Carmel. “I’m Lou Gossett,” piped in the Oscar-winning performer. “I’m Charles Bronson,” said the cabinet member. The Washington Times reports that the President paused and then deadpanned, “Mr. Bronson, you look very much like my Secretary of Education. Only you’re more handsome.”

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