February 21, 1977 12:00 PM

Olé, Maria!

Since last tangoing in Paris with Marlon Brando, actress Maria Schneider’s career has not exactly blossomed. Personal problems, including a brief voluntary stint in a mental hospital to be with her then lover Joan Townsend, have kept Maria, for the most part, off the screen. Now 24, Schneider will star in a Luis Buñuel film, Cet Obscur Objet du Désir, as an 18-year-old named Conchita who falls in love with an older man (Fernando Rey). This time the dancing will be more on the up-and-up, which is why Maria is taking flamenco lessons two hours a day.

Rudy’s cold kilt

Hoot, mon! What’s that flying Scotsman wearing under his kilt? First, that’s no Scot, but Rudolf Nureyev, and those lumpy stockings are actually leg-warmers, which Nureyev wore during dress rehearsal. For the performance of La Sylphide, a ballet set in Scotland and danced with a bonnie lassie named Natalia Makarova, Nureyev donned more traditional knee socks. It’s all part of the Nureyev ballet festival in the Palais des Sports in Paris, during which Rudolf is dancing with three leading ballerinas from three different companies. What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt? For all of Nureyev’s high-bounding leaps, Paris sports were none the wiser.

Marlene on the shell

After 75 years of turbulent living and loving, Marlene Dietrich has holed up in her Paris apartment to write about it all. “She is doing every word herself,” says her American publisher. But, perhaps suffering from a temporary writer’s block or an itch for oysters, the mysterious Marlene, seldom seen these days, emerged to dine in Paris with her longtime friend, actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. Good food is important to Marlene. She once said she wanted to be buried near a French village that contained a three-star restaurant. Why? “When the tourists drop by, they can enjoy a superb meal. And after that, feeling very well, they can come and visit me.”

Grace in specs

Princess Grace of Monaco hopped up to Paris recently to view a few high-fashion collections for spring and summer. Even princesses get older, so Grace put on her specs, the better to see the collection of Japanese designer Hanae Mori. What Grace saw was what Grace got—at least in part. Before leaving, the princess ordered several Mori numbers for herself—and a few goodies for daughter Princess Caroline as well.

Sugar Ray’s sugar

Olympic champion light welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, but on his socks—which is where he taped a picture of girlfriend Juanita Wilkinson, mother of his 3-year-old son, while en route to a gold medal in Montreal. For his professional debut recently, Leonard had a photo of Ray Jr. on his sock—and won a six-round unanimous decision over Luis (“The Bull”) Vega. Is charismatic Sugar Ray patterning himself after Robinson or Ali? “All I want to be,” he says, “is Sugar Ray Leonard.”

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