When actress Marion Ross talks about “stretching,” she’s referring to challenging roles, not aerobics. Ross, 63, who plays a grandmother on the new CBS comedy Brooklyn Bridge, says, “A lot of actresses my age have had their faces redone and keep so thin they couldn’t have gotten this part. I think plastic surgery is very risky.” Adds Ross (who is perhaps best known for her role as Mrs. Cunningham on Happy Days): “When you get to be my age, these [granny] roles are the kind you should be playing, but if you alter your physiognomy, you won’t be right for them. The worst part is that the 40-year-old actresses are going to get the parts that the [lifted] 60-year-old actresses want, anyway. So what’s the point?”
Beverly Hills, 90210’s brooding hunk Luke Perry is tired of being on the Hollywood Dean’s list. Perry, 26, says he has had it with comparisons between himself and James Dean, the dead ’50s movie icon. “At some point or another, every young actor enjoying any measure of success is going to be compared to him,” says Perry. “If people see you in a T-shirt, they think you’re James Dean. I just find that to be real questionable. Is there still really that big of a need in society to have him around?” Concludes Perry of Dean, who died in a car wreck at 24 in 1955 after starring in only three movies (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant): “He did his thing. I’m doing my thing. I just hope I live longer.”
THE PLAY’S THE THING
Kathleen Turner, 37, who has acted a hellcat or two on movie screens, may soon be playing one onstage. She recently returned to London, where she lived with her parents from 1968 to ’71, to do some radio work for the BBC. She was also reportedly having meetings about playing Kate in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. “You know, I had a record-breaking show on Broadway last year, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Turner told The Sunday Times, a British newspaper. “But my mother, God bless her, says I won’t really be taken seriously onstage until I make the West End.”
UP TO HIS NECK
Ever since All My Children ‘s James Kiberd, who plays fun-loving detective Trevor, began wearing ties, sent to him by fans, on the ABC soap opera, he has been deluged with unsolicited neckwear. His collection now numbers 800. “I’ve got ties oozing out of my closet,” says Kiberd. “Some of my favorites aren’t wearable on the show—they’re X-rated. They go into the Tie Hall of Fame.” Kiberd recently devised a solution to his knotty problem: Send him a $15 donation for UNICEF and a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and he will send you an autographed tie—G-rated, of course.