The violent life of 1949-51 middleweight champ Jake La Motta is the subject of the film Raging Bull. La Motta, 59, dropped 60 pounds since helping star Robert De Niro with the fight scenes. Jake says he’s “started a new life.” Best proof: His date at the Manhattan premiere was his second of five wives, Vickie, 49, who left after La Motta socked her. “I floored her,” Jake admits, “but I did it with love and affection.”
Donny and Rudy
That Vagabond Lover Rudy Vallee, 79, who helped popularize the preppie look in the ’30s with his Whiffenpoof and Stein songs, is dressing more and more these days like Donny Osmond, 22, with whom Rudy and wife Eleanor rapped at a recent L.A. party. But Osmond may soon be giving up his gold chains and Suga-sweet body wave. He’s mulling a Broadway role in a revival of George M. Cohan’s Little Johnny Jones.
Patti’s a winner too
Hollywood agent Jay Bernstein led Suzanne Somers and Farrah Fawcett to stardom. The new lady on his arm is actress Patti Davis, 28, the daughter of President-elect Ronald Reagan (she uses mother Nancy’s maiden name). Bernstein, who escorted Patti to an L.A. soiree, signed her even before her dad copped his party’s nomination. She had previously landed bit parts on The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, but Bernstein says there’s been a landslide of postelection interest in her, including talk of an exclusive three-year TV contract and a leading role in a remake of Valley of the Dolls. “She’s a young Jane Fonda,” proclaims Bernstein, “—in acting, not politics.”
Alice and friends Mel-low out
Flanked by Alice co-stars Vic Tayback, Diane Ladd, Linda Lavin and Beth Howland, Philip McKeon (Alice’s TV son, Tommy) blew out the candles on his 16th-birthday cake. It wasn’t the only milestone that day, however. The cast was also celebrating the 100th Alice episode, taped earlier in the evening. The fete was held on Stage 6 in Burbank, near the Mel’s Diner set, but no one suggested Mel provide the eats. Wisely, the producers ordered the duck pâté, shrimp omelets and the chocolate cream cake from a chic L.A. caterer, Rócoco. After four years of slinging hash for temperamental Mel, Alice et al had the fancy vittles coming to them.
Junot’s stood up
Philippe Junot, 40, has appeared with a bevy of lovelies since his divorce from Princess Caroline on October 9, but he finally has met his match. Heading into Manhattan’s Xenon with French starlet Carole Chauvet early one morning, Junot planned a nightcap and a little dancing. Instead, his date spotted a mechanical bull and rushed off for a ride. She beckoned Junot to “come on, come on,” but the urban playboy was not going to be lassoed. He begged his date to “come down, come down.” No way, said the un-cowed Carole. With Gallic abandon she tossed her golden slippers to Junot and bucked on, barefoot.
Gilda goes legit
With Saturday Night Live behind her, Gilda Radner could use some rest, right? Wrong. She’s starring on Broadway with Sam Waterston in Jean Kerr’s Lunch Hour. In the new comedy Gilda plays an insecure, schleppy child bride. But the 34-year-old Radner appeared anything but that at the opening night bash, collaring her husband of eight months, rock guitarist G.E. Smith, for a jubilant whirl around the floor. She’d gotten rave reviews. “The discipline of the theater,” says the new dramatic actress, “gives me a lot of enjoyment.”