The hunt was on, sort of, for author Kitty Kelley last week following Frank Sinatra’s announcement that he was offering an undisclosed reward to anyone with information on her whereabouts so his legal reps could serve her with court papers. Ol’ Blue Eyes is seeing red over the unauthorized biography Kelley plans to write about him and is suing for more than $2 million in damages. Kitty says she hasn’t been hiding and claims, “I’d like to be served. Then I can hire a lawyer and take a deposition from Mr. Sinatra. He certainly won’t give me an interview.” Recently she was talking to a source at the Russian Tea Room in New York—not known as a hideout—when who should walk by her table but Sinatra’s lawyer Mickey Rudin. “He smiled and kind of flirted,” she says. “I smiled back. Then he left the restaurant. Obviously, he didn’t know who I was.” Or maybe Sinatra’s reward wasn’t worth the effort. Quips Kelley: “The prize is probably an autographed record album and two tickets to his next concert.”
Finding an actress to be Jane Seymour’s double in the ABC remake of the 1946 melodrama The Dark Mirror (which starred Olivia de Havilland) wasn’t easy. Jane will play identical twins reunited after a long separation, and the producers needed a Seymour lookalike for some of the scenes when the twins are on-screen together. After interviewing numerous candidates, the casting folks settled on the most logical choice: Jane’s 31-year-old sister, Sally Frankenberg, who works as a Pan Am passenger service agent at London’s Heathrow Airport. Though she has never acted before, Sally (who won’t have any lines to speak in the film) says, “I wouldn’t like a speaking part. I’d be terrified.”
Add to the burgeoning list of 20th-anniversary tributes to John F. Kennedy a play (JFK: A One-Man Show) being produced by David Susskind for sale to cable TV. The star has the requisite charisma: He happens to be Mike Farrell, M*A*S*H’s retired Captain Hunnicutt.
The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, 55, has been surveying the black music scene for a singer to portray him as a young man in a film about his life. According to Brown, front-runners for the role are Michael Jackson and fellow rocker Prince.
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Imagine the surprise of the Kildea family of Rochester, N.Y. when Eddie Murphy, during his recent HBO comedy special, mentioned his summer visits with them as a youngster in New York City’s Fresh Air Fund program, which enables city kids to spend two weeks each summer with suburban and rural families. The Kildeas hadn’t seen Eddie since he was 8, in 1969—and though they’ve watched him on Saturday Night Live, they never realized he was the same person who stayed with them twice as a child. “I can’t believe we were so stupid not to make the connection,” says Beverly Kildea, Eddie’s “Fresh Air” mom. “He was a wild and crazy kid even then. Once I took my five white kids and Eddie shopping, and in the middle of the store Eddie yelled out, ‘Hey Mom!’ I could have killed him.”