October 04, 1976 12:00 PM

Margaux & Mazzini

When you’re gadding about Europe modeling for Fabergé, life has its little moments. When a photographer arrived at Margaux Hemingway’s hotel in Milan and asked for a picture, Margaux reached for an Arab headdress and sauntered into Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica. There the 5’12” Margaux spotted the statue of Italian patriot and exile Giuseppe Mazzini, and ecco! love at first sight. It was Mazzini who said, “If you do not embrace the whole human family in your affection, you violate your law of life.” And you can just hear Margaux breathing, “Right on, Giuseppe.”

Pat in the stretch

For the moment Pat Moynihan was practicing a little benign neglect in his race for the U.S. Senate. Relaxing on the porch of his Catskill home, he hoped Republican incumbent James Buckley would mistake the giant yawn for indolence. It was sheer exhaustion. He had plunged into a five-way race for the Democratic nomination. Some blacks were still angry about his 1969 suggestion that the race question be treated with “benign neglect.” And Moynihan’s principal opponent, Rep. Bella Abzug, marshaled a feminist surge that nearly engulfed him. In the end he could observe dryly: “We won by a whopping one percent.”

Haig as Dutch uncle

Gen. Alexander Haig has always been a starchy West Pointer, even in civvies as Nixon’s chief of staff. Now that he is Supreme Commander of NATO, he is not the kind to go easy on the spit and polish at Brussels headquarters. But maneuvers are another matter: Haig switches to fatigues—albeit well-pressed and adequately starred—and mingles with the troops, even such a snazzy example as this Dutch soldier. Did the Supreme Commander object to those curling war locks? “The general,” said an Army spokesman crisply, “has no position on hair length.”

Debbie’s son by Eddie

It was a bite of the Big Apple for Debbie Reynolds, who brought her touring cabaret revue to Broadway before heading west to Las Vegas. At the opening night party at Big Julie’s, a new disco, Debbie, now 44, found herself again swept up in the arms of a Fisher—her son Todd, by first husband Eddie. No showbiz stranger, the 18-year-old college student has yet to be dazzled by footlights. He’s joined the show but only backstage, working on sound production.

Tale of two Joes

One of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s more memorable boasts, first made in 1950, was that he was going to “sweep the Communists out of government.” To play the broom-wielding role for an upcoming TV film, Tail Gunner Joe, Universal picked Peter Boyle, whose resemblance to McCarthy ironically was mentioned by critics reviewing his first starring role in 1970’s Joe. That part may have been good preparation: with chilling realism, Boyle played a hardhat who hated hippies.

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