August 01, 1994 12:00 PM


Ouch! Hindsight can hurt. “I get to places I really don’t want to go,” says comedian Richard Pryor, who’s retracing his steps for his autobiography, Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences. “It’s like when I boxed Ali for charity a long time ago. I used to have flashbacks about his punches; they stopped so close to me I could feel the air from his gloves snapping back and forth on my face. That’s what it’s like remembering all the stuff that’s happened to me. I just think about how lucky I am to still be alive.” Pryor, who is battling multiple sclerosis, sustained third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body after setting himself afire while freebasing cocaine in 1980. But those aren’t the most harrowing episodes in Pryor’s 53-year history. What are? “The women,” he says. “Definitely the women.”


When it came time to prep for her role as a college student in Showtime’s Confessions of a Sorority Sister, Alyssa Milano, 21, had to yet the Cliffs Notes. Having spent eight years on the set of Who ‘$ the Boss? she was tutored for most of high school and has put off going to college to cram in more acting roles. “When I was 19 I was like whoa!” she says. “I’d moved out of the house at 18 and had no friends. I said, ‘If I went to college, I’d probably have friends now.’ The camaraderie is something I miss.” But is she a sorority type? “No, I don’t think so. The people I talked to [while researching the role] said it was like ‘sisterhood forever.’ I think I’d get bored with that really quickly.” And if she never gets around to college? “Someday I’ll have kids and live vicariously through them.”


Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Alec Baldwin, 36, knows, at least as the star of The Shadow, the thriller based on the radio show vigilante whose hypnotic powers let him cloud men’s minds, hurl knives telekinetically and make himself disappear. Women, however, are another story, especially when it comes to wife Kim Basinger. Asked which of the Shadow’s powers he would most like to possess, Baldwin says, “The ability to read people’s minds. Every day that I’m with my wife, I want to read her mind. I’d make millions for that.”


It has been 25 years since Burt Reynolds, 58, and Angie Dickinson, 62, bared it all for each other and film audiences in 1969’s Sam Whiskey. “It was my first nude scene,” recalls Reynolds, “and Angie advised me to act as if it was natural to be naked in front of a film crew.” Now he’s reunited with Dickinson in The Maddening, a thriller they just finished shooting in Florida. There’s no nude scene, but maybe there ought to be. “She laughed the first time I grabbed her,” Reynolds reports. “I told her, ‘The old body’s just the same, hasn’t fallen a bit. In fact, it’s risen.’ ” Reynolds let Dickinson know some other things were different the second time around, “The last time we worked together I was shy and inhibited,” he warned her. “Now I’m absolutely ravenous.” Replied Dickinson: “Then we’re even. So am I.”

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