Ingrid Bergman, 65, who said last February she was “leaving acting for good” to travel and “to be with my grandchildren,” has taken a rain check on her London retirement to portray another devoted grandmother, the late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Paramount, which is making the four-hour TV movie A Woman Called Golda, to air next spring, pursued Bergman for months. When she accepted, she insisted on a screen test. Heavily made up, she sailed through it and won the right to do the role her way: lightly made up, without, as she put it, a “mask.”
Hamill’s tough tusk
How proud is Mark Hamill to have taken over the role of The Elephant Man on Broadway? “It’s one of the most challenging ever written,” he exults (having squelched ads overstressing his Star Wars connection). Another tip-off is the T-shirt of son Nathan, 2, pictured with his dad and mom Mary Lou. Reports Hamill: “I asked Nathan if he wanted me to do the play; he said, ‘Yes, Daddy,’ and he pulled his nose way up. Of course, he thinks I’m playing a real elephant.”
Crippen’s Paris trip
Robert Crippen’s real notion of a fun trip is out of this world. But that didn’t keep the space shuttle astronaut from enjoying the orbiting showgirls at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, where Crippen and his Columbia commander, John Young, were guests of U.S. Ambassador Arthur Hartman. The space heroes were in town to wave the flag at the Le Bourget air show, but Crippen and wife Virginia had to cut the cake à deux—Young’s wife Susy was ill and he nobly grounded himself in the hotel.
Queen on her mettle
As a child he loved guns, and shot tin cans off a fence, always stopping if a bird came into range. Last year, as an Air Training Corps cadet, he won the Marksman of the Year cup (above). Then, at Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday celebration, 17-year-old Marcus Simon Sarjeant positioned himself on Her Majesty’s route to the traditional Trooping the Colour. Wearing a “Charles and Di” button, he wrapped both hands around a handgun—a replica, unbored for bullets—and fired six blanks at the Queen, riding by, sidesaddle, some seven yards away. As Sarjeant was bundled off, Elizabeth, the born equestrienne, quickly and coolly brought her shying steed under control, patting his neck (below).
A duo of Singers
A common commitment to art and to Judaism brought Barbra Streisand, 39, and author Isaac Bashevis Singer, 76, together at UCLA. The rare appearance of the Nobel laureate was part of a series of visits by prominent artists to the Streisand Center for Jewish Cultural Arts. The center was established on campus this spring with a $50,000 gift from the songstress. Singer read one of his short stories—but not Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, on which Streisand is basing Yentl, the movie she’s had in the works for years. For her part, Barbra sang nothing but Singer’s praise.
Bruce & RFK Jr.
He looked as though he might be mulling over an offer of a second spot on a campaign ticket with Robert Kennedy Jr., but Bruce Springsteen was just relaxing backstage at the Hollywood Bowl before going on to sing This Land Is Your Land. The rocker and the political activist heir took part in Survival Sunday Number Four, the latest in a series of anti-nuke benefits sponsored by the L.A.-based Alliance for Survival. Also lending their voices to the cause were Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Gary U.S. Bonds and—just to show it was a nonpartisan affair—First Daughter Patti Davis.
The Chevy chase
The mystery woman in fall-down comic Chevy Chase’s life is a beauty named, simply, Jane. Not Seymour, Fonda, Alexander or Russell—”just Jane,” as she told a paparazzo patrolling the Manhattan location of Twentieth Century-Fox’s Modern Problems (the busy Chevy’s fifth movie in 18 months). The twosome whispered sweet intimacies, smooched and held hands between takes, and that was his chair she so territorially perched in as he hovered near. Later, during a hand-in-hand incursion into verdant Central Park, Chevy may have provided an inadvertent clue to her identity as he left her side to swing from a tree. Could it be You Jane?