Meadowlark in clover
Two, four, six, eight, who do they appreciate? Meadowlark, Meadowlark. Coach Lemon was being laid-back about the task at hand, prepping his L.A. squad for a charity game at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Despite eight workouts pre-trip, Lemon’s top-draft choices—(from left) starlet Barbara Steele, Camilla Sparv, stunt woman Jadie David, Altovise Davis (wife of Sammy), singer Deanna Mollner, U.S. Olympic hopeful Ann Meyers, Tina Louise and Julie Newmar—were hardly a hotshot team. “These ladies are very feminine though,” said the former Harlem Globetrotters star. By that he probably meant they might be overmatched against New York’s all-stars, who included old tomboys like Mariel and Margaux Hemingway and the rebounding reach of Twiggy. At one particularly distressing workout, coach Lemon barked, “Guard your basket,” and everyone just giggled.
Jill, Sylvia & Marilyn
Actress Marilyn Hassett has a mini-career playing damaged women—first paralyzed skier Jill Kinmont and now the troubled heroine in Sylvia Plath’s autobiographical The Bell Jar. Hassett turned up at a Mademoiselle magazine pour in New York where guest editors who’d worked with Plath in ’53 were reunited. Slightly damaged herself by a back injury, Marilyn was benched part of the time with director boyfriend Larry Peerce.
Jack and Jane
In The China Syndrome Jane Fonda helps avert a nuclear catastrophe, but she was pretty explosive at the New York post-premiere party. To underscore the seriousness of the movie theme, she unleashed four-letter fallout on a reporter who inquired about trivia—like her hair and wardrobe. “Play down this social thing,” she ordered. Co-star Jack Lemmon was less of a sobersides. In fact, he did a soft-shoe routine, perhaps to make sure Jane wouldn’t bomb.
Hepburn on a limb
When Audrey Hepburn flew into Paris to shoot photos promoting her new film adaptation, Bloodline, she brought along a makeup man and a hairdresser. But she soon was traveling with less baggage. Eager to avoid ogling paparazzi she was shunted around in unobtrusive—and sometimes battered—cars. “First a limo, then a BMW, now this,” remarked Hepburn of a creaky Citroen deux-chevaux. “Tomorrow it will be a bicycle.” But she traded up for a full-dress session at Maxim’s, where Hepburn, who turns 50 in May, showed why she still has a leg up on many a younger actress. In fact, in Bloodline she plays a 35-year-old.
Segovia at 86
Master guitarist Andres Segovia has always kept an eye out for students. In fact, he married a 22-year-old one, Emilia Corral Sancho, when he was 69. Now their son, Carlos, 8, has inspired him to a new opus, an instructional tome called Andres Segovia: My Book of the Guitar. Due in the fall, it is co-authored by George Mendoza, who stood in the background at Segovia’s latest birthday blowout in New York—his 86th—as father and son harmoniously carved up the honors.
Martha Graham, 84, and Leonard Bernstein, 60, were being honored for cultural contributions to Israel at a Manhattan banquet. When former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin presented her award, the dance doyenne accepted—with a coy curtsy. But the flamboyant conductor and self-choreographer showed he could hold the stage with Graham, dropping to his knees, kissing her hand and murmuring, “I bow to genius.”