Edward on the ropes
Following the cease-fire in the Falklands, Prince Andrew was soon to be coming home. While he was gone, however, his 18-year-old brother Edward also kept up the royal family’s military tradition. Apart from a bloody nose, Edward emerged unscathed from a three-day officer assessment course for the Royal Marines, which included a 50-foot descent on a “death slide” rope. Though he made the grade and will eventually receive a two-year commission as a second lieutenant, Edward won’t be donning combat fatigues for a while. In September he will begin a two-term stint as an assistant housemaster at a college in New Zealand.
Yoko rallies for peace
Imagine there’s no heaven/It’s easy if you try/No hell below us/And above us only sky. The words were John Lennon’s, sung by Joan Baez at the recent anti-nuke rally in New York’s Central Park. Among the more than 500,000 demonstrators was Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, 49, with her bodyguards. Yoko, who reportedly has donated $50,000 to disarmament groups through the Spirit Foundation, which Lennon created before his death, is firm in her resolve. “I want to keep working for peace,” she has said. “John and I were working for that.”
While partygoers at Manhattan’s Red Parrot celebrated the opening of Grease II, commemorating the early ’60s at Rydell High, the film’s male star, Maxwell Caulfield, 22, and his actress wife, Juliet Mills, 40, found another way to narrow the generation gap. Maxwell and Juliet (Sir John Mills’ daughter and Haley’s big sister) met while touring in The Elephant Man and married last year. Caulfield, who recently finished Journey’s End in L.A., has written a film part for his bride, best remembered for her role in TV’s Nanny and the Professor. “We have great chemistry,” says Caulfield. “Our ambition is to be a theatrical team.”
Unknown at an early age
With out-of-this-world receipts of $13 million for its first weekend, E.T. is shaping up as the season’s box office blockbuster (see following story). No wonder director Steven Spielberg was all smiles as he beamed through a firmament of Hollywood stars, including Dyan Cannon and fellow director Hal Ashby, at a party following E.T.’s L.A. premiere at the Cinerama Dome. The event raised nearly $10,000 for the University of Southern California’s planned Cinema-Television Center. Though Spielberg was once rejected for admission to USC (he went to Cal State Long Beach), he was made an honorary alum before night’s end. Commented a remorseful USC official: “If only Steven had told us back then who he was.”
Do you know me? I’m a famous rock singer. I was The Man Who Fell to Earth in the movies and The Elephant Man on Broadway. But when Dick Smith (who made up Marlon Brando in The Godfather and Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man) got me ready for my role as a vampire victimized by rapid aging in the movie The Hunger, no one seemed to recognize me—not my co-star Catherine Deneuve, not my son Zowie, not even my bodyguard. “Who let that bum on the set?” he cried, when I showed up at the Manhattan location where the movie was filming. That’s why my credit card says…David Bowie.