May 20, 1991 12:00 PM


Sally Field, who stars as the longtime leading lady of a soap opera called The Sun Also Sets in the comedic film romp Soapdish, due May 31, admits she loves the suds in real life. “I’m a huge fan,” says Field, 44, adding that, down the line, she might even consider a part on a daytime drama. “You never know. I see a lot of wonderful older actors there. It’s hard to find steady jobs as an actor. It’s great that soaps are there for them. Someday, when I’m 70 or 80 and if I want to still be working, it would be great.” Cue the organ, please.


Actor Rob Morrow, who portrays a Jewish doctor who relocates from New York City to a remote Alaskan town in Northern Exposure, the comedy series that returned to the CBS lineup last month, says he once considered going into medicine himself. Well, sort of. “For about one minute to appease my parents, being Jewish and from the East,” says Morrow, 28. “When I told my mom I got this job, she didn’t hear anything about acting. She made the enormous leap to ‘my son, the doctor.’ ”


The ever loquacious Zsa Zsa Gabor has come to the defense—in her fashion—of younger sister Eva now that Eva’s romance with steady escort Merv Griffin is being questioned following the filing of a palimony-like suit against Merv by a male former business associate (PEOPLE, April 29). Zsa Zsa, 74, says, “Why would Eva want to be a cover? She’s rich, she’s famous. She can have anybody she wants. They love each other, and they enjoy each other’s company.” Then, never one to leave well enough alone, she adds, “Maybe [Merv] lusts after both sexes. Who knows, darling? Frankly, I always thought that Merv was too old and fat to make love at all. The press is making him out to be a sex maniac. Look at him. This is not a sexy man. And God knows. I know what sexy is.”


Diminutive Mickey Rooney, a giant in the multiple-marriage set, says the press makes too much of his having been married eight times. “Isn’t it a funny thing that Cary Grant, who was a dear friend of mine, married five times, but they don’t say anything about that?” asks Rooney, whose new autobiography is titled Life Is Too Short. “It’s like my divorces were dastardly deeds. It’s because Andy Hardy [the exuberant, good-hearted boy he played in 15 movies] was never supposed to many eight times. I was supposed to marry my high school sweetheart and go off into the sunset with a box of detergent.

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