March 19, 1990 12:00 PM


Saturday Night Live’s DANA CARVEY says that the snidely prissy Church Lady character he introduced in 1986 soon grew too big for her pew. “It’s just that the whole Church Lady thing exploded. I’d be at concerts, and people would see me and yell, ‘F—in’ Lady! Laaaady! Church Laaaady!’ It just became overwhelming because, you know, I’m not the Lady, “says Carvey, 34. That’s why he also developed additional personas, such as the muscle-bound Hans (of the Hans and Franz sketches) and dorky Garth (“Wayne’s World”) and his dead-on impersonations of GEORGE BUSH and JOHN TRAVOLTA. But he’s still doing the Church Lady, including dragging her out for the trailer for Opportunity Knocks, his new movie due March 30. After all, she has been good to him. “I was able to buy a house with that character. Put on a dress, get ranch property. It’s that simple.”


Motown Productions president SUZANNE DE PASSE, who produced last season’s hit CBS miniseries Lonesome Dove, says that at age 43, she is finally contemplating motherhood. “My husband [actor PAUL LE MAT] and I don’t have children because I am of the opinion that if we can’t agree on how to bring up the dog, I don’t think we should bring a human being into the world,” says De Passe. “[But] there’s that biological clock, and there’s my career and his career, and I think I’m ready. I think I could be a good mom now.” As for being one of the most powerful women executives in Hollywood, she says, “I can run a company and I can get a miniseries made, but I can’t get my husband to pick up his socks.”


LEE HART, 54, stalwart wife of failed presidential candidate GARY HART, couldn’t help but refer to her husband’s old woes when she talked about her new job. Lee is the president of a new company called the Global Village Connection Inc., an executive travel service that will aid foreign companies doing business in Colorado. Hart says she will run the company with her daughter, Andrea, 25. “I quickly seized the opportunity to become president,” Hart told the Denver Post. “So far, it has cost me a lot less than it cost Gary.”


After pleading guilty and receiving two years’ probation for making a false statement to Congress in the Iran-contra hearings, Air Force Maj. Gen. RICHARD SECORD, 57, has crawled from the wreckage and into his own TV talk show. “I think I was a little awkward and amateurish to begin with,” says Secord of hosting the pilot episode of Findings and Facts, a show that he’s peddling to the networks. “Having a show was the last thing on my mind. But there seems to be a drift to that kind of format. Every time I turn around, there’s a new talk show. I think my experience qualifies me far better than a lot I’ve watched.” After living with the Iran-contra scandal for the last three years, Secord says, “The pressure is starting to come off now, but I’ve been under it so long, I’d rather have been in combat—it’s easier.”

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