June 19, 1978 12:00 PM

Up le Creek

For all its fancy radar and autopilot (to say nothing of four double cabins, private showers, stereo and freezer), the 42-foot, $250,000 catamaran that Prince Rainier intends as a gift for daughter Caroline’s June 29th wedding sailed promptly into trouble. En route from Southampton via inland waterways, the yacht ran aground in France’s Canal du Midi, no one having told the skipper that part of the waterway was being drained. The boat’s builders eventually got a lift—from a crane and a large truck—and hope to get to the church on time.

Coup de Grace

The ubiquitous Carradine clan—pa John (Golden Rendezvous) and progeny David (The Serpent’s Egg), Keith (Pretty Baby) and Bobby (Coming Home)—had a dozen films showing in Cannes and, if all goes well, will premiere another in 1993. That’s when David figures to wrap his production The True Legend of Mata Hari, slated to begin filming soon in Holland. “We’re going to tell the story with my daughter Calista in the title role—she’s 16—and see her grow older with the film,” explains David. Like a good dad, he is doing his utmost to ease Calista’s jitters over portraying the World War I German spy who was caught and sentenced to death. “We’re going to film the execution as a dream sequence this summer,” David says. “It would be awful to have to look forward to being shot for the next 15 years.”

Driving Ambition

Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser isn’t at all gracious about Janet Guthrie, who in her second Indy placed ninth and became the first woman ever to complete the race. “Janet,” Unser sneers, “was just trying to finish. When she’s racing anywhere else the other drivers laugh at her, they lap her so often.” Guthrie’s measured reply: “Since he doesn’t run those other races [stock cars, in which Janet finished in the top dozen 11 times], I don’t think he can make any accurate comment on them. Unser also said since I was driving with a broken wrist I was a menace to every driver on the track and that he’d say the same about a man. He neglected to mention that Gary Bettenhausen drives mostly with one arm because he has only partial use of the other. I might add that in Al Unser’s second Indy, in 1966, he finished 12th.”

R.I.P.

Back when her torchy Torn Between Two Lovers was hot last year, Mary MacGregor claimed she almost didn’t record the song. “I was singing it in tears,” she said. “It was really hard for me.” The reason, Mary shivered, was that even the thought of being unfaithful to husband Don was traumatic. But on May 25 Mary filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” She isn’t living her song title, though—her new beau, a William Morris agent, appeared after the split. But her current release is called Memories.

Furthermore

•Vice-President Walter Mondale cracked, upon receiving an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree at Rhode Island’s Providence College: “Your degree took four years, mine took only a few minutes. And I know many of us did the same amount of work.”

•Broadway-bred (Pal Joey, Bus Stop, Sail Away), London-based actress Elaine Stritch, 51, joked on learning she has diabetes: “Listen, I’m just looking forward to the day they catch me in the ladies’ room at the Con-naught Hotel ‘shooting up.’ Boy, am I going to have the last laugh!”

•The purse snatcher bolted from Gino’s restaurant in Washington, D.C., and bystander Terry Carter took off in hot pursuit. Carter nabbed the perpetrator once, lost him in the traffic, then grabbed him again two blocks later and handed him over to the cops. “I got carried away,” says Carter, who was Detective Sergeant Joe Broadhurst on TV’s McCloud for six years. “I guess I’m still playing that role.”

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