January 10, 1994 12:00 PM

PUBLIC PARTS

Howard Stern’s autobiography, Private Parts, has sold more than a million copies, his raunchy radio show reaches 3 million listeners, and now Fox Broadcasting is reportedly courting him as a late-night talk show host. But there’s one thing the new superstar knows he’ll never have: The classic good looks of a TV anchorman. “I despise my physical appearance,” says Stern, 39. “Stone Phillips—now there’s a guy I’d like to look like. Life must be easy when you look like that.” The two met recently when the neatly groomed Dateline NBC coanchor interviewed Stern. “Here I am, going through two hours of fixing my hair and face,” says Stern. “I got wacky clothes. I got bracelets. Then he walks in—no makeup on, his head is practically shaved—and women are dropping dead.”

HOLD THE FRIES

While San Franciscan Christy Turlington was home for the holidays, she relaxed al her new refuge from the runway, The UP & down Club, which features a fusion of hip hop and jazz. “It’s nice to have a place where you always have a table,” says Turlington, 24, who invested in the club last fall. The menu, which she has expanded from hors d’oeuvres to full-scale entrées, includes her own family’s favorite fare. “Good mashed potatoes was something the whole family got excited about,” says Turlington, whose rail-thin figure belies her fondness for the dish. And while her partners trade off club chores, the always jet-lagged Turlington admits, “When I come in, I just eat.”

DOING A SLOW BURN

“The archetypal villain isn’t fat and bald anymore,” says John Shea, 44, who plays the alluring heavy Lex Luthor on ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. “My idea was that Luthor should have the public facade of Cary Grant and the mental imbalance of Richard III—an inner hunchback.” But playing a suave psychotic has its perils. In an upcoming episode, Luthor watches on TV as Superman is apparently killed breaking up an earth-bound asteroid. Explains Shea: “Puffing on a stogie, I slam my fists on my desk and say, ‘I’ve just lost my greatest adversary!’ And as the camera zooms in for a closeup, the cigar ember lands on the back of my hand. I could feel my flesh burning, but I didn’t move.”

STAYING ALIVE

Donna Summer, the ’70s disco diva who recently signed a long-term contract with Mercury Records, hopes soon to have more in common with the Judds than with the Bee Gees. “I’m a country girl at heart,” says Summer, 45, who is selling her L.A. ranch and looking for a farm in Nashville. “A lot of people I know are relocating to Nashville—Music Row is one street where there’s a real sense of community in the business, not a vicious competition.” And Summer intends to be more than just a resident of Nashville; she’s writing C&W songs she hopes to perform. “I’m not just jumping on the [country] bandwagon. I’m getting older now, and I want to be heard, not just danced to.”

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