September 03, 1979 12:00 PM

The family way

Conflict between career and family is the theme of The Seduction of Joe Tynan, but no such clash was evident at the film’s Manhattan premiere. Its stars, Alan Alda (who also wrote it) and Meryl Streep, turned the event into a family affair. Streep, who came with sculptor husband Don Gummer and mother Mary Streep, proudly showed she was six months pregnant. Then Alda, who usually keeps his family under wraps, proved a true paterfamilias, showing off his clan—photographer wife Arlene and daughters Eve, 18, Elizabeth, 19, and Beatrice, 20—and turning the festivities into a surprise birthday party for Elizabeth. Next day Alda, whose latest departure is directing a movie, The Four Seasons, proved he is up to a cast of thousands. Caught in a Fifth Avenue traffic jam, he hopped out of his limo and directed traffic—to the cheers of pedestrians and drivers alike.

Daltrey gets conned

Huddled in the corner of the gaol cell is no ordinary felon but Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of rock’s The Who. He replaced his fringed jacket temporarily with a straitjacket to play the title role in McVicar, a film about robber John McVicar, whom Scotland Yard once dubbed “the most dangerous man in Britain.” Daltrey says he has a real affinity for the former badman: “As a youngster, I had the same feelings of ego that he did. But I found my way out of it through music. I didn’t need to sit in a getaway car outside a bank to make the adrenaline flow.”

Beaton’s back

His artist’s eye unimpaired by the 1974 stroke that paralyzed his right side, Sir Cecil Beaton, after arduous speech and physical therapy, has willed his way back to the camera. Proof of his unerring vision was his 22-page layout for the French Vogue, in which he captured such fashion birds of flight as Italian heiress Olimpia de Rothschild, draped here in a Saint Laurent gown with Sir Cecil, 75 (who set up the portrait). Though he now must sit down while working in the studio in his Wiltshire mansion, he has said, “I’m as choosy as ever. I’m not like these young men who take photographs in every direction.”

Linkletter rolls on

People Are Funny is what Art Linkletter strove to demonstrate on his ’50s radio-TV shows of that name—and he himself proved a case in point recently as he took, somewhat unsteadily, to the hills around his Bel Air estate on roller skates. They were customized versions of the new line of skates his firm, Trend Products, is marketing for the unspry. Aimed at late starters in the sport, the skates incorporate a spin-checking device (patent pending) to prevent the free-wheeling “treadmill” effect that dumps novices. For 67-year-old Link-letter, who hadn’t skated since boyhood, it worked okay. At least he walked away from the session.

A brace of Blondies

Deborah Harry insists she named her rock group Blondie not after the comic-strip character but “to get our records racked alphabetically near the Beatles.” But while in L.A. for a gig, Debbie said she’d love to meet actress Penny Singleton, who’d brought the flighty flaxenhead to the screen in the ’30s and ’40s. Ex-vaudevillian Singleton, now 71, would like to do a takeoff of the group’s act, including her version of Heart of Glass. “Gentlemen,” cracked Penny, “still prefer Blondies.”

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