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October 26, 1981 12:00 PM

Matt, Amy and the gang

When movie flacks schedule premiere parties, they have great expectations about their guest lists. It wouldn’t do to have a bleak house. But nowadays in Manhattan you can always fill the room with some of the 200-odd characters in the hit Charles Dickens show, Nicholas Nickleby. So there for the Priest of Love opening-night bash at Hisae’s Japanese restaurant was a coterie from NN, including director Trevor Nunn, who also happens to be the mate of Priest of Love’s co-star Janet Suzman. But some younger leading lights, among them Matt (My Bodyguard) Dillon and Amy (Amadeus) Irving (above), also showed to support their mutual friends.

Julian loves New York

Surfacing not on Abbey Road but at London’s Drury Lane Theatre, John Lennon’s son Julian and his Welsh girlfriend, Sally Hodson, caught the satire The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball. The 18-year-old aspiring musician lives with his mother, Cynthia Lennon Twist, now estranged from her third husband, but his goal is a career in New York—with Sally alongside him. “I love her,” he says, “and eventually want to live with her there.”

Lisa steps out

Lisa Marie Presley, 13, bears an undeniable resemblance to her late father, Elvis, but she hardly shares his Southern upbringing. In from L.A. on a New York visit with her mom, TV personality Priscilla (Those Amazing Animals), Elvis’ only heir dined at showbizzy Joanna. But small world. There at the next table was decathlon champ Bruce Jenner, husband of Linda Thompson, Elvis’ onetime live-in girlfriend and the person who helped comfort Lisa when her father died.

Proud Papa Paley

The prime-time lineup for the new CBS Cable cultural program service included an interview with Isaac Stern and a one-hour musical created by Elizabeth Swados based on the poetry of William Blake. In any event, it certainly wasn’t The Dukes of Hazzard, which network chairman William Paley, 80, has on occasion called “lousy.” So it was no wonder Bill, with his artist daughter, Kate, 31, was all smiles at a special screening party at the New York Public Library upon the debut of the latest video baby. So far, says Paley enthusiastically, it looks “spectacular.”

Montand magic

“I am back to give myself a good time,” announced Yves Montand. And devoted fans of France’s renowned chanteur rejoiced with him. Montand’s nostalgia-laden SRO show at Paris’ Olympia ends a 13-year absence from the stage, though he has starred in numerous films. Montand has other milestones: He and wife Simone Signoret turned 60 this year—and are celebrating 31 years of marriage. The secret to his youthful trim? “A little walking, 12 minutes of exercise a day—and no yoga or jogging.”

Cheryl and Billie Jean double up

It wasn’t as if model Cheryl Tiegs and tennis ace Billie Jean King had lost their ads. But at the $250-a-plate gala at Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria, the two famous pitchwomen were endorsing something else—women’s sports. Some 600 guests, among them the top female athletes in the world, watched the Dance Theatre of Harlem and a children’s fashion show, which Tiegs emceed. Six women were inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame, including Chris Evert Lloyd, also named Professional Sportswoman of the Year. Accepting her award, she got a special round of applause for the 37-year-old, 20-time Wimbledon winner King when she said, “She paved the way for all of us.”

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