Should Bush serve?
With members of the diplomatic community looking on, George Bush, head of the U.S. mission in China, takes a mighty if somewhat awkward overhead during a recent tennis match in Peking. Questions from congressmen may be even harder to handle in January, when Bush comes home to testify on his nomination to succeed William Colby as director of the troubled CIA. Until then, the ball is in Congress’ court, where several figures—including Senate CIA watchdog Frank Church—have voiced misgivings about the nominee’s qualifications to serve.
It has been eight months since Soviet film star Victoria Fyodorova arrived in the U.S. to meet her American father, retired Admiral Jack Tate, and decided to stay. The time had come, television star Chad Everett decided, that Fyodorova, who married airline pilot Frederick Pouy in June, should master the American art of the Frisbee. Between lessons Fyodorova is making her U.S. acting debut as a Soviet surgeon who falls in love with Dr. Joe Gannon (Everett) on CBS’s Medical Center.
Marisela Maxie Clark, 22-year-old Miss Cuba, was determined to do her bit for Castro’s economy—and maybe generate a little public attention—at the Miss World contest in London. To boost one of her country’s biggest export products (though not to the U.S.), straw-hatted Marisela arrived with a wink at the Britannia Hotel chomping on a fat Churchillian stogie—Havana, of course.
It happened one night
About 6,000 miles and decades from the height of their Hollywood stardom, Lauren Bacall and Claudette Colbert hammed it up with blond cabaret performer Michou (left) and French film star Jean-Pierre Cassel during a recent outing in Paris. Although Colbert quit the movies in the 1960s, Bacall will soon begin work on her 23rd film. Last year she co-starred with Cassel and a batch of colorful screen oldies in a remake of Murder on the Orient Express.
When First Lady Betty Ford showed up at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington to open the annual charity bazaar, she was greeted by antic mime artist John Jeff. Not one to waste words herself, Betty rewarded Jeff for handing her the ribbon-cutting scissors with a peck on the cheek. Then, calling upon some of the expertise learned as a Martha Graham dance student in the 1930s, Mrs. Ford and her new friend did a jaunty Irish jig on the church steps.
The Silver act
When Sir John Robert Kerr (nicknamed “Silver” because of his white mane) was appointed Australia’s 18th governor-general by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam two years ago, the Sydney Daily Telegraph observed, “There is every reason to expect from Sir John surprises and innovations.” Indeed. To break a deadlock in the Australian Parliament, the Queen’s personal representative for the first time ever sacked a prime minister in that country, ousting Whitlam’s Labor government and installing a conservative coalition. Then in his unflappable style, Sir John went about his ceremonial duties, laying a wreath on Remembrance Day.