April 23, 1990 12:00 PM


His Tiger Beat looks make thousands of adolescent girls squirm, but JOHNNY DEPP, 26, has fallen for his own teen queen, actress fiancée WINONA RYDER, 18. On the difference in their ages, Depp, who stars in Cry-Baby, says, “Age is not an issue. I mean you have whatever you have in your brain and your heart. I feel totally fine with Winona and don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with her or abnormal about it. We met and it was amazing. It hit both of us and I’m real happy.” Depp, who is currently shooting Edward Scissorhands with Ryder, adds, “I’m an old-fashioned guy. I want to have a normal life, I want to get married and have kids. I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.”


USA Today called him “blandly competent,” and TIME referred to him as “competent but colorless,” but CBS This Morning anchor HARRY SMITH still, perhaps fittingly, refuses to see red. “Personally, I don’t think of myself in those terms at all,” says Smith, 38. “And I find it interesting that they see me that way. Okay, so I don’t eat huevos rancheros every day with Tabasco sauce. But it doesn’t make me mad. This business is not the be-all and end-all of my life. I figure it could be a lot worse. At least they say I’m competent. I mean, it’s not like they ever call me a bald guy who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”


Actress SANDRA BULLOCK, who stars in the new NBC sitcom Working Girl (yes, it’s based on the movie) that airs this Monday (April 16), confesses to having a dirty past. “I was a cleaning lady in a New York insurance company,” says Bullock, 25, who held the job for four months in 1986. “It was the most filthy, disgusting job I ever had in my life, but I had to keep it because I needed to work night hours so I could go on auditions during the day. But it gave me backbone, and now I at least know how to clean a good toilet and ashtray. I have to say, the toilets in my house are impeccably spotless.”


Technotronic’s African-born lead singer YA KID K, 18 (whose real name is MANUELA BARBARA KAMOSI MOASODJOGI) thinks MICHAEL JACKSON’s color is a pigment of his imagination. “The crazy thing about America is Michael Jackson,” says the singer, whose band will open next month for MADONNA on her tour. “When I think of how cute he looked [as a youth] with his normal features and how he has made himself now, I wonder. Now, he has no color and a very bizarre nose. It seems he has a complex about being black or something. I don’t know what color he is, but he’s done his best to lose his black color and features. As an African, it’s dissing to me what he’s done.” (Jackson’s reps maintain that he has not lightened his skin.)


“The most unpleasant side of pregnancy is something I call the Pregnancy Police,” says The Official Preppy Handbook author LISA BIRN BACH, 33, who last month had her first baby, SAM. (Birnbach’s hubby, below, is STEVEN HAFT, 40, who produced Dead Poets Society.) “These are people—strangers and acquaintances—who approached me on the street with horror stories. They’d say, ‘How far along are you? Five months? My friend miscarried at five months.’ Why would someone tell me that! Then there’s the Pregnant Policewomen, who aren’t happy that their bodies haven’t returned to their prepregnancy state. They’d say, ‘Did you get varicose veins? You’ll have them forever.’ [Finally], the month before you give birth, strangers, men even, talk to you about breast feeding and nipple care! It’s unbelievable.”

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