Bobbing in the wake of 1980’s The Blue Lagoon comes Paradise, scheduled for April release and also featuring two undraped teens discovering love—this time in the desert. The movie marries ingenue model Phoebe Cates, 18, and Eight Is Enough’s Willie Aames, 21, in a less-than-memorable ceremony with a couple of real-life chimps as witnesses. (The scene ended up on the cutting room floor.) During filming in the Israeli desert Phoebe says she learned one measure of her bankability when an Arab sheik offered to buy her outright for $35,000.
Duet for three
Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, 42, didn’t spend the holidays in Oslo, where she’s been living with her mother while filming a Scandinavian TV miniseries called Jenny. Nor did she go to the Far East, though she’s trekked there often as a UNICEF ambassador of goodwill. No, Ullmann retreated to her pied-à-terre in New York with daughter Linn, 15, and friend Shawn Christie (right), whom she squired to a performance of the short-lived Broadway play Duet for One. Liv will return to the stage this summer as the lead in the Kennedy Center production of Ibsen’s Ghosts.
As a boy in Latvia, recalls Mikhail Baryshnikov, 33, “I would stand in line for hours to get a ticket to see James Cagney. Mr. Tough Guy would flatten a fellow in one movie, then dance like a flying spirit in another.” Cagney, 82, has in turn called the artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre “the best dancer in the world.” So when the two fans met over dinner recently at David K’s Restaurant in Manhattan, Misha kept a close eye on his longtime idol, perhaps recalling Cagney’s offhand suggestion that he someday play the lead in a movie bio of the Yankee Doodle Dandy as a young man.
Pryor and pals
Richard Pryor has managed to turn his 1980 brush with death into fodder for his comedy routine, but it was no joke when he decided to donate the $50,000 take from his recent Hollywood Palladium show to Jesse Jackson’s People United to Serve Humanity (PUSH). Jackson and friend Stevie Wonder attended the reception after Pryor’s performance, which was filmed and will be released as a movie in March. Said Jesse solemnly: “Richard has an acute sensitivity to children and the predicament of black people in this country.”
Karla’s looking glass
Who can be blamed for thinking that singer-actress Karla DeVito, 28, has cloned herself? Formerly a backup singer for rocker Meat Loaf, she has since replaced Linda Ronstadt in The Pirates of Penzance, cut her first LP, Is This a Cool World or What?, and is now wondering whether to extend a concert tour while Ken Russell considers her for the lead in the movie version of Evita. “I wish I had a twin,” sighs DeVito, “so I could do both jobs at once.” Mirrored in her Greenwich Village loft, Karla apparently got her wish.
Disco queen Regine
“Zee best ever!” exclaimed Madame Choukroun of the New Year’s Eve party she threw at her Manhattan disco, Regine’s. The queen of the scene displayed typical cheek—and lots of leg—as she celebrated the 12th anniversary (Dec. 6) of her marriage to French businessman Roger Choukroun, her 51st birthday (Dec. 26) and a brand-new year. Keeping Regine’s spirits as high as her hemline were invited guests like Cher, Eartha Kitt, John Cassavetes and wife Gena Rowlands, while more than 600 others paid $300 apiece to get in on the action.