February 03, 1992 12:00 PM


Tail-end baby boomers, mark your calendars. Growing Up Brady, a tell-all book by former Brady Buncher Barry Williams—he played Greg—is due this May. “There will be things that are surprising to people, but this is not Brady Dearest,” says Williams, 37, who begins touring in the musical City of Angels this month. Among the tantalizing bits he promises are the details of his on-again, off-again romance with fellow Brady Maureen (Marcia) McCormick (“I was hot, she was cold. She got hot, I got cold. It was always weird”) and the time he went to work stoned, having been called to the set unexpectedly on his day off. Now, let’s all sing, “It’s the story of a man named Brady…”


In Hollywood, it’s not just money that separates the men from the boys anymore. It’s a sensitivity that Iron John would envy. “In the old days,” explains Hook director Steven Spielberg, “studio heads would go over to a director and say, ‘You’re behind schedule. If you don’t catch up, I will kill you personally with my bare hands.’ Today the same studio head will come over and say, ‘If you don’t pick up the schedule, I’m going to lose my job and my children will leave me.’ It’s a whole new technique, but both are effective.”


She sings! She Charlestons! She does a split! Joan Collins plays an unusually agile Amanda in Private Lives, the classic-Noel Coward farce, which opens on Broadway Feb. 20 after an 11-city tour. Asked the secret to doing splits at age 58, Collins says, “I must be double-jointed, because my grandmother, who was a dancer, taught me how to do the splits when I was 3, and I never stopped doing them. It was sort of a party piece: During the disco days at Tramp in London, I would do splits. I put it in as a gag one day at rehearsals [of Private Lives]. The director [Arvin Brown] liked it and told me to keep it in. People are pretty amazed, but they seem to quite like it. Collins says she stays limber on the road by working out for a mere 10 or 15 minutes most days. Says Joan: “I am not a Jane Fonda—ite, by any means.”


At 6’1″, comedian Pam Stone stands out in a crowd. “People always ask me if I play basketball,” says Stone, 32, who does play the women’s basketball coach on Coach. “No one ever goes up to a midget and says, ‘Are you a jockey?’ I’m thin too, so a lot of people ask me if I model. I think it takes a little more than being tall and skinny though, otherwise Lurch would be on the cover of Vogue.” Still, being tall has its advantages. Says Stone: “I can always see my luggage first at the carousel.”

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