All My Loving
Sir Paul McCartney and the other surviving Beatles say farewell to his beloved Linda on a sad day’s night
After 29 years of marriage, Paul McCartney was still as excited about Linda as a teenager going steady for the first time. “She was my girlfriend,” said McCartney, who turns 56 on June 18, choking up with emotion during his late wife’s memorial service at the St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London on June 8. “I have lost my girlfriend, and it is very sad.” The 700 mourners—including George Harrison and Ringo Starr—saw the usually boyish McCartney looking drawn. “I last saw him three weeks ago, and he has definitely lost weight since then,” says Linda’s friend Carla Lane. “He is obviously a very sad man.”
There was crying at the service all right, but there were smiles as well. McCartney joked that he and Linda “had a lot of fun making those babies,” and the service was sweetened by songs he had written for her, along with one he wrote for his mother—”Let It Be.” The entire congregation sang along, marking the first time Paul, George and Ringo had sung together in public since 1969. As McCartney’s spokesman Geoff Baker put it, “It’s a salve.”
THE NAME’S THE SAME: Jim Carrey
Should fame choose to smile on Jim Carrey, the 18-year-old high school senior from Sunrise, Fla., knows how he’ll minimize confusion with the box-office-busting star of The Truman Show: go formal with “James” and use his middle initial (“E”). “I plan to make a [feature] movie one day,” says Carrey, who has written several screenplays and has already made several short films for his Piper High School class. He also deejays a radio show, appeared in a school musical, plays the guitar and can rattle off a host of impersonations—including Sean Connery and you-know-who in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. “I have, like, half the movie memorized,” says Carrey, who lives with mother Linda, 52, and brother David, 15. What little spare time he has is spent “watching Hong Kong movies in Cantonese,” says his mother, a second-grade teacher. And while he feigns aggravation over the constant jokes (“It gets tiring after a while,” he says), he admits to an upside. “How many people can say they have the name of a famous person?” he asks. Ever the pragmatist, young Carrey plans to attend a technical school to learn computer repair after graduating in August. Big Jim may be pulling in multimillions per picture, but Mom sees bigger things for her boy. “They’re both funny guys,” she says, but “my James is funnier.”
Australian for Short
You’re a famous American comedian doing stand-up Down Under after your top-rated TV show ends (not that there’s anything wrong with that). What do you make fun of? In Melbourne last week for the start of a two-month world tour, ending in New York City in August, Jerry Seinfeld cracked wise about Australian Rules football and called the city “my kind of penal colony” Said fan Cathy Kerslake: “He was quite short. George must be a walking bar stool.”
Poetry by Jewel: Could It Be Verse?
Singer-songwriter Jewel is a musical gem, but is her new book of poems, a Night without armor, a diamond or a zircon? Florida poet Campbell McGrath expected a disaster. “My heart sank when I first walked into Borders and saw it on the shelf,” he says, “but, actually, I was surprised that it wasn’t so bad.” Sorry, fans, there are no pictures of the author inside, but the book does have compensations: It is concise (one poem, “Junky,” is only 11 words long), sexy (in “Paramount, NY, 9:34 A.M.,” Jewel writes, “I am naked and glistening”), and you don’t have to be able to read to appreciate it, since it comes in both CD and audiocassette versions. As for the book’s recurring body-part motifs—lips, tongues, breasts—Jewel says, “My imagery tends to stick with me for a while before it changes. [Since finishing writing the book] I kind of quit using them.”
After Hartman: Must Fix TV
His life cut short, the late Phil Hartman will now be cut out of 3rd Rock from the Sun, the hit NBC sitcom in which he guest-starred in the cliffhanger season finale in a role that was to have been reprised at the start of the fall season. Now the episode will be reshot with a new actor (no names yet) and aired either a week before the season premiere or as an intro to the opening episode. As for that other NBC hit, NewsRadio, in which Hartman starred, execs are still uncertain as to how the show will deal with his death. Reruns with Hartman will continue through the summer.
Meanwhile, a coroner’s toxicology report revealed that Hartman’s wife, Brynn, 40—who police say shot the 49-year-old actor on May 28 before shooting herself—had alcohol, cocaine and the antidepressant Zoloft in her blood.
Mary Green WANTS TO KNOW
Now that it’s vacation season, where would you like to go that you’ve never been?
Jamie Lee Curtis
“Venice. I read The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, which is set there. I still don’t understand that it’s a city on water.”
Amistad’s Djimon Hounsou
“Kenya, for the wilderness, the animals, being one with nature.”
Full House’s Bob Saget
“Wherever Van Gogh’s house and ear would be. I want to be in the room where Van Gogh cut his ear off.”
Firepower and Brimstone
This week the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston, 73, to a one-year term as president. The day before his election he took time out to talk to Scoop
Scoop: Do you have a permit to carry a weapon?
Heston: No. I have a number of firearms loaded and locked in my home for self-protection. [But] I’m not paranoid, and I don’t have bodyguards.
Do you think the celebrity community’s attitude toward guns is a little contradictory?
There are plenty of liberals out there with weapons. It’s like people who drank bootleg liquor in the ’20s—though of course, guns are perfectly legal. I also think there are more conservatives in the Hollywood closet than there are homosexuals, absolutely.
Do attitudes tend to change with circumstances?
Many of my friends are firm liberals and never used firearms, but in the first day of the [1992 Los Angeles] riots I got three separate calls from friends. “Chuck, you have guns in your house, don’t you? Could you loan me one? Things are getting pretty sticky out here.” I said, “Why don’t you buy one and take some lessons?” They said, “Well, there’s this waiting period….” I said, “I know—you voted for that.” I was having a marvelous time.
Do you think Phil Hartman would be alive today if there had been no guns in that house?
[Brynn Hartman] could have used a candlestick or a butcher knife. The gun is utterly irrelevant.
Did you take it personally when Barbra Streisand lit into you?
Actually, I lit into her. I pointed out that while she is an iconic figure in pop music, she is not widely informed on the Constitution of the United States. I really don’t expect Miss Streisand will debate me because it would be unfair. She doesn’t know about firearms. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.
Are you a gun nut?
No, I’m certainly not a gun nut. I’m a gun owner and a great fan of the Bill of Rights. Those wise old dead white guys knew what they were talking about.
ROSEANNE’S RAMBLING PAD
Roseanne, we have a feeling you’re not in Lanford, Ill., anymore. With her long-running sitcom long dead and her new syndicated talk show set to debut this fall, Roseanne reportedly has spent some $7.9 million for a sprawling 11,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom house on nearly three acres in the Beverly Hills area. Should the volatile star’s rumored reconciliation with hubby No. 3, Ben Thomas, a former bodyguard and father of their 2-year-old son Buck, come undone, she can always turn the property’s guest house into a doghouse.
A Tiger met an Eagle as rocker Glenn Frey (right) schmoozed with Tiger Woods at a Los Angeles concert to raise funds for the golf star’s youth foundation. Adding to the zoological motif, Hootie & the Blowfish also performed.