A Beatle family
For onetime Beatle Paul McCartney, it was an all-family affair. Backstage after a performance of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road (music and lyrics by McCartney and Lennon), Paul was lugging daughter Stella while wife, Linda, held Mary, assisted by Heather, who looked slightly other-worldly in a sparkler headdress from the show.
Fonda and his art
Henry Fonda at an art show? No surprise, despite his antic headgear. But Fonda at his own art show—well, no surprise to Norton Simon, who once paid $25,000 for a “Fonda,” nor to Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Ford and Robert Preston, who own them. Fonda, it seems, paints to relax, and the subjects are just about anything that catches his eye on movie location.
Tarkenton and fan
Just in case anyone should forget that both Hubert Humphrey and the Vikings represent Minnesota, the gregarious senator himself turned up to embrace quarterback Fran Tarkenton of the Super Bowl-bound Vikings after the team’s 14-10 win over the L.A. Rams. ‘T’warn’t nothin’, said Fran, “Just a case of good pitching beating good hitting.” That—plus a little help from the Rams’ seven penalties, three lost fumbles and two intercepted passes.
Life is rarely so jolly aboard HMS Belfast, but when Welsh-born singer Shirley Bassey, of Goldfinger fame, swung aboard London’s floating naval museum and sat down with the band, the strings broke up. It all had something to do with the way she unabashedly gripped the cello—but that was probably just Shirley’s way of plugging her newest album, Nobody Does It Like Me.
It was hard to tell winners from losers at Playboy’s annual Writers’ Award bash—what with all the medals, bonuses and booze. Among the nonwinners: cartoonist Jules Feiffer (just lunch and drinks). A winner: John Updike (lunch, drinks and $1,000 bonus). What delighted Updike was uncovering a streak of Puritanism in Heffnerland. Updike had titled his prize-winning short story “Sluts and Slots.” Playboy’s antsy emendation: “Nevada.”
From Russia, with talent
No balletomane needed a playbill to tell the dancers lined up for their first reunion outside the USSR. All former Leningrad Kirov Ballet stars, the four Russian refugees got together at Sardi’s, Broadway’s favorite first-nighterie, to celebrate the smash opening of Rudolf Nureyev’s new show. Besides, Nureyev is senior—he defected in 1961, while his fellow dancers—Galina and Valery Panov (left) and Mikhail Baryshnikov—only made the New World scene last year.