Horne of plenty
Count Basie, 77, called the birthday girl “a great lady.” Jazz singer Alberta Hunter, 87, chimed in that she’s “one of the greatest artists who ever picked up a songbook.” Tony Bennett, 55, dubbed her “the female version of Cary Grant.” But of the 810 well-wishers who jammed Manhattan’s Rose-land Ballroom to help Lena Home celebrate her 65th and the close of her one-woman Broadway triumph, The Lady and Her Music, five just call her Grandma. They are (clockwise from bottom left) Lena Jones, 13, and twins Thomas and William, 18, children of Lena’s son, Ted Jones (who died in 1972 of a kidney ailment), and Amy Lumet, 17, and Jenny, 15, children of Lena’s daughter, Gail. The cousins had never met. “It’s not a family reunion,” beamed little Lena, “but a family getting to know each other.”
Elliott (The Rules of Marriage) Gould and his bug-eyed buddy Marty Feldman (who just finished Slapstick) were making love, not war at a Washington benefit for the National Coalition to Ban Handguns. When Gould announced, “I am actively involved in disarming the world,” Feldman gibed, “Hey, that’s pretty good. Did you think of that just now or was it prepared ahead of time?” But the gags concealed strong feelings against handguns. Two close friends of Feldman’s were killed by pistols, and Marty himself, as a youth, was mistakenly shot in the leg by a watchman.