March 10, 1986 12:00 PM

Cut and pasting

Prince Charles, visiting Austin to promote British trade, was called on to help celebrate Texas’ 150th anniversary by cutting a cake. Not just any cake but a crumbly colossus that weighed 90,000 pounds, measured 116′ by 85′, required 31,026 boxes of Duncan Hines Deluxe Yellow Cake Mix (the original plans for chocolate were scratched after Kensington Palace informed Duncan Hines that the Prince detests that flavor), 93,108 whole eggs, 10,346 cups of vegetable oil and 38,795 cups of water, and took 163 people 32 hours to assemble. With typical Texas excess, Charles, armed with an eight-pound replica of the saber used by Sam Houston during Texas’ fight for independence, cut a three-foot slash in the oversize piece de résistance, then proceeded to plug a very American product. His first comment about the Duncan Hines cake: “Surprisingly moist.”

Queen Elizabeth might have had a similar reaction during a visit to Auckland, New Zealand, where a protester hit her with an egg. The attacker—angry at reputed British violations of a treaty with Maori natives—managed to stain the Queen’s pink wool coat. Another egg hit the windshield of her car (two teenage girls were later charged with assault) and a third protester bared his bottom as her motorcade approached. Said a spokesman for the unruffled regent, “The queen is totally unfazed. With hundreds and hundreds of people cheering, one nut case doesn’t matter.”

I got new babe

Sonny Bono, 50, permanently paired off for the fourth time last week, marrying Mary Whitaker, 25, in Palm Springs, Calif. They met two years ago at Bono, Sonny’s restaurant in L.A. Mary obviously liked the food. She skipped a honeymoon to go to work at the new Bono in Palm Springs. At the wedding, Sonny’s best man, Denis Pregnolato, quipped, “Something like this comes along only four times in a lifetime.”

Watered-down reporting

Brad Kava, 30, did some in-depth reporting while covering the floods in Linda, Calif. Kava, a reporter for the San Jose Mercury-News, ended up in the raging Yuba River when his boat tipped. “My friends didn’t recognize me [when this photo first appeared] because of the look of fright on my face, but my girlfriend said she knew me right away because she sees that look every time we talk about getting married.”

Quiet beauty

For William Hurt, 35, love isn’t blind, but it is short a sense. Deaf actress Marlee Matlin, 20 (shown with Hurt at the D.W. Griffith Awards), met him on the set of Children of a Lesser God, in which they play a deaf woman and her teacher. In the film, Hurt and Matlin marry, but offscreen, they are just living together. Hurt converses with Matlin in sign language but has told reporters, “It’s too early to speak about us.”

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