Remember the face?
From the folks who brought the world Singin’ in the Rain and Dancing in the Dark, now comes That’s Entertainment, a montage of all the musicals Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made between 1929 and 1958. Recently, MGM organized a reunion of 50 of the industry’s best-known names to launch the spectacular: (front row, from left) Craig Stevens, Gloria Swanson, Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Weissmuller, Russ Tamblyn, Audrey Totter, Elizabeth Taylor, Keenan Wynn, Shirley MacLaine, Roddy McDowall, Lassie and Jimmy Durante. Second row, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly, Phyllis Kirk, Janet Leigh, Myrna Loy, Marjorie Main, Tony Martin, Dennis Morgan, the Nicolas Brothers, Merle Oberon, Margaret O’Brien, Virginia O’Brien, Donald O’Connor, Donna Reed, Debbie Reynolds, Ginger Rogers, Ann Rutherford and Alexis Smith. Back row, June Allyson, Adele Astaire, Fred Astaire, George Burns, Marge Champion, Cyd Charisse, Jackie Cooper, Dan Dailey, Vic Damone, Tom Drake, Buddy Ebsen, Nanette Fabray, Glenn Ford, Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jack Haley Sr., Ava Gardner, Charlton Heston and George Hamilton. Alas, the film, which opens this month, will not be distributed by MGM, which is virtually out of the motion picture business. The compendium of MGM’s greatest moments will be released through longtime rival United Artists.
Le Triomphe for Giscard
Deep in a thicket of Vs for victory, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 48, had reason to exult: he had won a crepe-thin margin (50.7% of the vote) over Socialist François Mitterrand to become the new President of France. An avowed Americophile who has often been compared to JFK, Giscard made his first break with tradition in his acceptance speech. He gave it first in French. Then, for the benefit of overseas listeners, he repeated it in English.
Jackie and Alice
Predictably, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ arrival at the Washington party set off a virtual electric storm of photographic coverage. Once inside, however, at a dinner honoring old friend Averell Harriman, things grew somewhat calmer. It was only Mrs. Onassis’ second visit to the capital since John Kennedy’s assassination, and the city’s reigning grand dame, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, now 90, made a point of dropping by her table to make the former first lady feel at home again.
Churchill at large
Sir Winston Churchill died nearly 10 years ago, but his famous glower lives on. In this case, it looms even larger than life, although Churchill’s grandson and 33-year-old namesake, now a journalist and member of Parliament, seems unintimidated. The plaster statue is part of a current display of Churchill memorabilia at Somerset House in London. The purpose of the show, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Churchill’s birth, is to help raise $2.4 million which will go for fellowships and additional monuments to England’s legendary prime minister.
At first it appeared as if hotpants had been allowed into the Vatican. Upon closer examination, however, it became clear that the worshiper kneeling to kiss Pope Paul VI’s ring in homage was in fact cycling champion Eddy Merck, who was dressed just right for this particular occasion. Taking note of the fact that the famed Giro D’Italia bicycle race began this year at Vatican City, the Pope made a point of being on hand to bless the entrants at the starting line.
A Rich fistful
That steely fist is more familiar wrapped around a drumstick, as the veteran drummer Buddy Rich would admit. These days, however, Rich is practicing a new tattoo: karate. A student of the martial art for 11 years and the holder of a black belt for the past three, Rich is getting in practice for a show-biz demonstration to be held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, starring such practitioners as himself and actor David Carradine. The snarl on Buddy’s face? It’s one he perfected while tearing loose during the classic jazz number, Serenade for a Savage.
Lauren’s bunny tale
Life for Lauren Hutton hasn’t always just been peaches-and-cream modeling jobs or $200,000 contracts—both of which she currently has. In the early 1960s she dropped out of two colleges, worked a while in a Freeport, Bahamas nightclub, and eventually turned up working as a Playboy Bunny in New York. As this just unearthed 1963 photograph demonstrates, even then she had the basic equipment, including those slightly crossed eyes and the sirenish, semisweet pout.