December 25, 1978 12:00 PM

The spouses agreed on only one thing: they finally screened Close Encounters and liked it best of anything. Stiller refused to pan any film, Meara despised The Greek Tycoon. Stiller’s record favorites were jazz by Helen Merrill, Blossom Dearie and John Lewis; Meara liked Steve Martin’s King Tut. He discovered some old Michener (Iberia), plus a classic mystery, Trent’s Last Case by E.C. Bentley. She enjoyed Mary Gordon’s Final Payments (“It was about me and all the other Irish Catholics I grew up with”); Mario Puzo’s Fools Die was “pretentious.” TV choices: his were Dick Cavett and Saturday Night Live, hers the Duchess of Duke Street.

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