February 24, 1992 12:00 PM

GRAY AS GOD INTENDED

In a business obsessed with youth, country singing star Emmylou Harris is one of the few women in show business to let her locks go gray. “I in proud it’s completely gray, and I’m not going to bother with coloring it because I have other things to do with my time,” says Harris, 44, who recently became the 70th country music artist inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. “Also, I like the way it looks. If it encourages other women to say. ‘I can do that, too,’ that’s great, and they should wear it proudly. We earned those gray hairs!’ ”

BAR EXAM

“Among top Communist Party and government people, if you did not drink, that was suspect, says Vladimir Posner, 57, a Russian journalist who spends much of his time in the U.S. Posner, who is cohosting a syndicated weekly talk show, Posner & Donahue, with Phil Donahue, explains, “If you were not someone who could really take a lot of vodka—I’m not saying alcoholic here—but [being able to drink] came into play when decisions were made about promoting people. It was never stated that way, but somehow, if you didn’t drink, then you weren’t one of us, and if you’re not one of us, then you’re suspect, and you better not have this guy around.”

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Franck, the flamboyant wedding coordinator in the comedy movie hit Father of the Bride, has such a truly bizarre accent that even his creator, actor Martin Short, admits to having trouble placing it. “Maybe he’s an Eastern European who was educated in London, summered in France and had relatives in Japan,” suggests Short, 41. But if Franck comes from pails unknown, so does the Canadian-born Short, at least as far as some Americans he meets are concerned. “I grew up watching American television, plus we studied geography in school,” he explains. “I know everything about America. But when I tell an American I’m from Toronto, often I’ll get, ‘Is that on the East Coast or the West Coast?’ Get a globe, babe! How about finishing high school? Then we’ll talk.”

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE

Actress Mary Stuart Masterson, 25, who bravely put her hand into a beehive and let bees swarm all over her for a scene in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, readily reveals the secret behind her animal, or at least insect, magnetism. “They put a little dot of pheromone, a bee hormone, on my shirt so the bees would like it. Then I got all the action,” says Masterson, adding happily that she wasn’t stung. Does that make her the Queen Bee.? “I guess,” she gays. “For a day.”

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