The Queen’s Nobels
When Mairead Corrigan, 33 (left), and Betty Williams, 34, met with Queen Elizabeth aboard the royal yacht this summer, the two women were already world-famous for their efforts to bring peace to bloody Northern Ireland. Few others seemed better qualified to win the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, but, unfortunately, they had begun their antiviolence campaign too late last year.
Ignoring bureaucracy, 22 Norwegian newspapers collected $340,000 for a consolation “People’s Peace Prize.” Last week the Nobel Foundation did the proper thing by the courageous women, awarding them a belated 1976 Nobel and $140,000. They were the first of their sex to be so honored in 31 years. All in all, it was a good week for peace: the committee gave the 1977 prize to Amnesty International.
Pop went the safety airbag, ballooning into the bosom of Maryland Rep. Barbara Mikulski. That is not why Arizona’s Morris Udall is laughing. It was a standstill demonstration of what should happen in a collision—except that hers opened, his didn’t. The Department of Transportation refuses to concede failure, claiming conditions weren’t real. Udall, who favors mandatory airbags, says the malfunction did not deflate his enthusiasm.
Lamas & Lorenzo
“Long ago I knew acting wasn’t enough,” says Argentine-born ’50s matinee idol Fernando Lamas—so he launched himself as a director some years ago (with films in Europe, TV in America). While directing an episode of Switch recently, he found himself handing out pointers to his son (by former wife Arlene Dahl), Lorenzo, 19. Although brawny Lorenzo portrays a soccer player in the show (and a teen hood in the film Grease), he accepted the counsel without argument. Dad’s reputation may have more to do with it than politeness. Admits Fernando, 62 and now wed to Esther Williams, “They call me a slave driver.”
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is about to step off again, headed for the big movie screen, and the speculation as to who will play Cinderella to Peter Frampton’s Billy Shears is over. Not that the decision was easy; many a fresh new face was checked out before a 22-year-old unknown, Sandy Farina, won the plum role. A resident of Hartsdale, N.Y., Sandy came out the winner after her demo tape and screen test were backed up by tawny good looks. Starting last week, she became Frampton’s Strawberry Fields, if not forever, at least for the next few months of shooting.
Chicago’s Mayor Michael Bilandic, 54, is a health freak. Last month he presided over the Chicago Marathon, having run the 26.2 miles a few days before. More recently, his concern with all aspects of “health and well-being” led him to play a choking victim. With Dr. Edward Winslow of the Chicago Heart Association, Bilandic volunteered to demonstrate a “chest thrust” used to dislodge food caught in the throat. The life-saving technique obliged Bilandic to be slapped four times on the back, then hugged strenuously from behind. Said Hizzoner, when he caught his breath: “My mother used to do this to me all the time.”
Off to see the Wiz
The Wizard of Oz, which turned into the all-black Broadway hit musical The Wiz, is headed for the screen again. The latest threesome to come down the yellow brick road are comic Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, Michael Jackson (of the Jackson Five) as the Scarecrow and Diana Ross, 33, who plays Dorothy as a 20ish schoolteacher searching for her identity. The updated movie version has some other mod accents. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will be New York City, where the film is currently being shot. And Emerald City? Alas, it’s the World Trade Center plaza.