The Princess and her driver
She is still haunted by the memory of the 1982 car wreck that injured her and killed her mother, Princess Grace. But Monaco’s Princess Stephanie, 19, was nonetheless on hand to applaud longtime beau Paul Belmondo (son of actor Jean-Paul) in his latest bid for fast-track fame. In his third outing as a Formula Three competitor, Belmondo, 21, finished a respectable second in the race at Dijon, France, behind the wheel of Car No. 12—upsetting competitors who had no royal rooters.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
Erstwhile Beatle George Harrison, 41, emerged from seclusion on his 35-acre estate near Henley-on-Thames to attend London’s Chelsea Flower Show. Harrison told reporters that he lives in fear of being gunned down in the street like John Lennon. “After what happened to John, I’m absolutely terrified,” he said. “I never know who might be around and I don’t like being photographed.” Still, he took time to smell the posies—and to model a most un-Beatle-like coiffeur.
British rockers Rod Stewart and Tracey Ullman (whose They Don’t Know has hit the charts in the U.S.) joined the Spandau Ballet, UB40 and Kajagoogoo at an all-star bash after the Montreux Pop Festival in Switzerland. Although the two paired up for the paparazzi, it was no love match. Rod treated Tracey to a sexist taunt (something along the lines of “Show us your knockers”), and she responded with an indignant grimace.
Ebony and ivory
Backstage at the Tina Turner-Lionel Ritchie concert in Houston: Clint Eastwood, 54, and Andy Williams, 53—in town for a celebrity golf tournament—dropped by to chat after Tina, 45, belted out her comeback hit, Let’s Stay Together, and Lionel wowed the crowd with his Hello and All Night Long. And what could the movies’ Dirty Harry, Mr. Moon River and Soul’s hottest double bill possibly have to talk about? Survival perhaps.
Wolfe at the door
Henry Kissinger, Jerzy Kosinski, Barbara Walters and New York Mayor Edward Koch were among the high-profile celebrants at a $250-a-plate (and up) dinner for the benefit of the New York Public Library. But it was Tom Wolfe, 53, who once again proved he is no Right Stuff-ed shirt and stole the sartorial show. With wife Sheila, 40, beside him, Wolfe showed up in what becomes a literary legend most: top hat, tails and a properly ironic demeanor.