Each year about 800,000 Frenchmen come to Colombey graveyard to pay their respects to Charles de Gaulle. One mourner, his son Philippe (here on a recent visit with his mother), is such a ringer for his father he must give many onlookers a start. The general’s political followers would like to capitalize on the resemblance and have been urging the 51-year-old Philippe, a rear admiral, to enter politics. So far he’s resisted. “I have never had any intention of entering public life,” he has said, sounding like a canny politician indeed.
Julie’s raggedy chic
Actress Julie Christie is a British bird with a reputation for being trendy, someone who pushes personal style to the further reaches of acceptability. She’s got a real challenge ahead if the outfit at right is an index to the direction in which Julie is heading. She had just finished a day’s shooting on the set of her latest film Shampoo, which is about a Beverly Hills hairdresser (played by Warren Beatty, honest). Julie undoubtedly only wanted to be comfortable, but the overalls she was wearing looked as if they’d come from The Grapes of Wrath wardrobe rack—and seemed unlikely to start a serious fashion revolution anywhere north of Pascagoula.
Hutton as hostess
Several years ago film comedienne Betty Hutton said she was leaving Hollywood. “It’s all so chic here,” she said, “nothing is real.” Now the frenetic madcap of such ’50s films as Let’s Dance and Annie Get Your Gun has resurfaced in the quiet, sufficiently un-chic town of Portsmouth, R.I. Bearing only such remnants of her former career as the blond hair and heavy mascara, she is now working at St. Anthony’s rectory, cooking, doing chores in the parish, and serving coffee to priests James Hamilton and Peter J. McGuire. Would she go back to Hollywood? “Perhaps,” says Hutton, but “never if it’s a gimmick thing.”
Kissingers go calling
Now that Henry Kissinger has married Nancy Maginnes, he has wasted no time showing her off to his diplomatic friends. Nancy was her usual reserved, charming self when the couple stopped off to see the president of Mexico on their return from an Acapulco honeymoon. The real test came later in the week when the Kissingers joined Soviet Foreign Minister and Mrs. Andrei Gromyko at the Soviet embassy for what was called “a social lunch.” Mrs. Kissinger looked radiant, the Secretary proud, the Gromykos pleased, and detente was clearly served.
No later than last summer, English glitter rock singer David Bowie was telling anyone who cared that he’d never make another live concert tour again. Now, perhaps borrowing a bit of the Sinatraesque propensity for changing his mind, Bowie is getting set to take to the road on his second nationwide tour of the U.S. Noted for his metallic jumpsuits, Martian spaceman costumes and gobs of eye makeup, Bowie appeared rather conservatively dressed in Cannes recently, sporting nothing louder than a satin-quilted suit and a Borsolino hat.
After years of a rather tenuous familial relationship, 67-year-old American film director Otto Preminger and his 28-year-old son Erik Kirkland seem a perfect pair. Preminger had long kept his paternity of Erik secret, at the request of Erik’s mother, Gypsy Rose Lee, with whom Preminger had had a love affair 30 years ago. In 1971, following Miss Lee’s death, Preminger felt free to acknowledge his son and legally adopt him. Now, as the Premingers stroll happily on a Paris street, about the only family problem visible is a slight worry as to whether Erik might inherit his father’s hairline.
Strom atop a symbol
At the age of 71 South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond is still actively devoted to two principles: youthful vigor and the Republican party. So when the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to Washington, D.C. recently, it was a perfect opportunity to exercise both. During intermission Thurmond escorted his 3-year-old daughter Nancy Moore on a ride atop one of the circus animals. Donkeys, it could be suggested, might be more appropriate for small children. Not on your Wendell Willkie button. The Thurmonds gamely chose to ride high atop an elephant.