February 09, 1976 12:00 PM

Brenda’s Golden

A wink and an A-OK signified that, for frizzied Brenda Vaccaro, winning once is just fine. Vaccaro, 36, got a Golden Globe Award as “Best Supporting Actress” for her part in the much-panned version of the late Jacqueline Susann’s book, Once Is Not Enough. Brooklyn-born Brenda’s portrayal of an upwardly mobile magazine editor who can’t write but notes that “we have a whole staff of underpaid schmucks to take care of that” was seen as prize-winning realism by Hollywood’s Foreign Press Association.

A masked Ella

Governors are like goalies: they must move fast to block the opposition, and they get most of the blame when something goes wrong. So Ella Grasso, 56, Connecticut’s first woman chief executive, brandished a tool of the goaltenders’ trade before delivering her annual budget message. The symbolic point established, she will make the speech unmasked.

Patty in court

Two years after her kidnaping, Patricia Hearst, prison-pale and down five pounds, is having her day in San Francisco federal court, charged with bank robbery in April 1974. Each night Patty is taken the 30 miles to the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City. Accompanying her is Deputy U.S. Marshal Janey R. Jiminez (left) who, as the only female marshal stationed in the area, usually draws the Hearst detail.

Chad is free

Chad Mitchell is high—legally. The 39-year-old vocalist, who lent his name to one of the most successful trios of the ’60s (he was replaced by John Denver), had been convicted last February of possession of 480 pounds of marijuana “with intent to distribute.” But a three-judge panel in New Orleans unanimously reversed the verdict, ruling the evidence, obtained from a truck Mitchell was entering, was procured without a search warrant. Mitchell, now free to hit the comeback trail, exulted, “I didn’t really care how I won. I just didn’t want to go to jail.”

Mário Soares at Yale

God and man, yes, but what’s a socialist doing at Yale? Mário Soares, Secretary-General of the Portuguese Socialist Party (who thinks he may be that nation’s next prime minister) confronted students during his three-day visit to New Haven as a Chubb Fellow. For his efforts he received travel expenses and an honorarium of at least $1,000. Accompanied by his actress wife, Maria, who gave a poetry reading, Soares, 51, found the Yalies with whom he talked about his country “well informed about a very confusing situation.” Now, how do you say “boola-boola” in Portuguese?

Mama Mia

“This is a matter of life and death,” said Mia Farrow as she deposited a voluminous anti-abortion petition at London’s House of Commons on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. “I started getting involved in this issue after the birth of my twins, Matthew and Sascha [now almost 6],” Mia, 30, explained. She and hubby Andre Previn have another son, Fletcher, 2, and two adopted Vietnamese daughters—Lark Song, 3, and Tara, 1. “It made me realize just how important life is.”

Jackie’s big night

It was as if Camelot had come back to Washington. For the Bicentennial benefit performance at the Kennedy Center, the clan (except Joan) was there in force, from Mother Rose and Senator Ted to junior Shrivers. But queen for the night was Jackie (only her third Kennedy Center appearance), who was introduced even before the Fords. But Jackie turned down the chance to tango with her escort, Alejandro Orfila, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, for all that the dashing Argentine is reputedly the slinkiest tango dancer in town.

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