Bardot & son
Concealment has never been Brigitte Bardot’s strong suit, but one aspect of her life she has kept veiled until recently is her son, Nicolas Charrier, 19 (by her second husband, actor Jacques Charrier), whom she surrendered to his grandparents at an early age. This summer Nicolas, a business student at the Sorbonne, joined Mom at Bardot’s Saint-Tropez villa and discovered, “My mother has become my best pal.” For Bardot, now 44, who just launched a cosmetics and perfume line, life is more pastoral. “I only pass through Paris,” she says. “My life is here.”
Although he has been sounding like the old Billy again, assuring all that no one’s gonna tell him what to say, the President’s dried-out kid brother was watching his step when he stopped off for some fun at Studio 54. Offered a drink, he replied, “I don’t have any use for liquor—but I will take a Coke.” Then, cajoled onto the dance floor by some visiting Southerners, he faced an even greater challenge to his footwork—to avoid mashing the tootsies of his wife, Sybil. “Mind if we act like we’re back home?” she asked Billy. Then she shucked her shoes.
Namath’s new kick
“It’ll be an adventure and an education,” says Joe Namath of his Ohio tour in summer stock, starring as the sexy T-shirted hero of William Inge’s Picnic. Joe has been rehearsing with his leading lady, Donna Mills (Laura in the TV soap Love Is a Many Splendored Thing), “around the clock and at private dinners,” says a theater leak. For this he gets $30,000 a week for three weeks. Sure beats being blitzed by NFL linebackers.
Though her singing style is nearly as sugary as her name, Rachel Sweet, the Ohio-born punkette singer, got a weighty welcome on her debut as a headliner at Manhattan’s Bottom Line—from heavies like the Roche sisters and the Kinks’ Dave Davies. The topper was Bruce Springsteen. Sweet, 17 two days before, had told Columbia Records that’s what she’d like for her birthday, and good old Columbia delivered.
The Hulk loops
“Now don’t get me mad, okay?” is the way Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno likes to end his telephone answering machine messages. But the unmenacing Lou was in high spirits when, after doing his green-giant thing at a Hollywood Teen Road Show at a Santa Clara amusement park, he took a ride aboard the Tidal Wave rollercoaster with Rhoda Carr, 14, a reporter on the San Francisco TV news show Kids-watch. He did not “hulk out” during the ride—not even at the height of its highly touted 70-foot loop-the-loop—but, he asserts, “It’s the only time I’ve ever seen everyone turn green.”