Considering the high cost of attending an Ivy League school, it’s no wonder Yale sophomore Jennifer (Flashdance) Beals is looking for some outside income. Word is she’s close to signing a one-year contract for a hefty, undisclosed sum to do TV and print ads for Calvin Klein’s line. MGM-TV producers are also considering Jennifer for the lead in a mid-season replacement series called Forward Pass, about a football team managed by a girl. Insiders say that Kristy McNichol was offered the part first, but demanded too much money. The producers weren’t convinced that Kristy has recovered from the “chemical imbalance” that caused her to quit I Won’t Dance. No indication yet as to whether flashdancer Jennifer will step in.
The publicist for fitness guru Richard Simmons keeps in fighting trim these days dispelling rumors that his client was going to marry a male ex-health club manager. “I’m sick of these kinds of rumors and am looking for a lawsuit,” says the spokesman. Meanwhile Richard, whose third tome, called Richard Simmons’ Better Body Book (Warner, $16.50), is due out this fall, is talking with several publishing companies about his next literary effort, on exercise for the handicapped. Simmons plans to recycle profits from that book into fitness centers for the disabled. Maybe he could write a shape-up guide for rumormongers called Exorcise.
Two famous films have been made about the 1789 mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty. Now No. 3—called simply Bounty—is in the works in Tahiti, starring Anthony (The Elephant Man) Hopkins as Captain Bligh, Mel (The Year of Living Dangerously) Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Laurence Olivier as Admiral Hood. But in this $25 million Dino DeLaurentiis version, Bligh comes across as a nicer guy—not the tyrant immortalized by Charles Laugh’ ton and Trevor Howard. Nor is Christian the hero portrayed by Clark Gable and Marlon Brando. Says Gibson, “I’ll be playing Christian as the manic-depressive paranoid schizophrenic that he really was.” Though Mel may be going overboard, it’s still Bligh who ends up in the drink.
Hearing about John F. Kennedy Jr.’s interest in a possible acting career, CBS offered him a starring role in a series or miniseries of his choosing, according to an upcoming book titled Growing Up Kennedy (Putnam’s, $15.95), by Harrison Rainie and John Quinn. John supposedly consulted Uncle Ted, who nixed the idea. The book, which focuses on Rose Kennedy’s 29 grandchildren, also reveals that Ted Kennedy Jr. was approached by an independent production company to collaborate on a miniseries about his life. Again, Ted Sr. vetoed the proposal.
When former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver wasn’t raising cain on the baseball diamond, he grew tomatoes by the left-field foul line in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, along with groundskeeper Pat Santarone. The gentlemen gardeners warred over whose tomatoes were biggest and best for 14 years, but now they’re laying down their spades and jointly marketing Earl ‘n’ Pat’s Tomato Food ($10.98 for a four-pound box). So far it’s available only in Baltimore and a few East Coast cities, but by winter this farm team hopes to move into the national league.