By Kim Cunningham
July 20, 1992 12:00 PM


Ask actress Judith Ivey, who joins Designing Women’s cast this fall, where she is from, and she will tell you Texas. “I always say Texas, even though I lived in New York [City] longer,” says Ivey, 40, who now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Tim Braine, an independent producer, and their daughter, Maggie, 2. “I only lived in Texas for 10 years. But there’s something about it that is your root, and it’s not something you can divorce yourself from very easily, whether you want to or not.” Her Texas roots will show on Designing Women, where she says her as yet unnamed character will hail from the Lone Star Stale and be a “very straightforward, down-to-earth, good ol’ gal who came into money. We were trying to come up with some great Texas name. They tend to be three names, and Bob is usually the middle one. I guess I could be Mary Bob, but I think Mavis is a great Texas name. Or Cloris.”


Although Steve Martin’s stand-up days are behind him, he still keeps a keen eye on the comic scene. “Having done it, you really appreciate it, even when someone’s bombing,” says Martin, 46, now starring in Housesitter. “I remember a comedian who came on The Tonight Show probably 10 years ago. He was wearing a hula skirt, no shirt and holding a spear. He came out, and he did a couple of jokes, and then he said, ‘Do you realize I’m the only thing on NBC right now?’ I laughed so hard, and then I never heard of him again. But there’s room for everybody. I’ve always said, Andy Kaufman did what I would have been doing if I had kept going in stand-up. It would have just gotten weirder and weirder.”


Motherhood has provided all sorts of new insights to onetime Eurythmic Annie Lennox, who, with husband Uri Fruchtman, an Israeli film producer, has an 18-month-old daughter, Lola. “You start to recognize the child in yourself, the child in everybody,” says Lennox, 37, whose new album is called Diva. “And you see other people and think, ‘Gosh, they have kids, too.’ It’s sort of like when you get a certain make of car, and you drive down the street and see all the other cars like it and think, ‘I didn’t realize there are so many of these around.’ ”


“I’m an inside-out man,” says monologuist Spalding Gray, who happily shares his neuroses in his latest one-man film, Monster in a Box. “What should be inside is on the outside, so I’m showing my fears. Other people have better coping mechanisms. They’re not leaking all over the place.” What’s he afraid of these days? “I have all the childish fears, confesses Gray, 51. “When I stay alone in our country house [near Brewster, N.Y.], it’s so quiet, it creates an expectation that something’s going to happen. I think of the flying saucers that are going to come because there have been many reports there. I keep thinking one of those creatures will appear at the window in the bathroom when I’m taking a pee. So I look down. I don’t look out. I also sleep with a fire ax by the bed, but only when I’m alone.”