Dorothy Hamill, whose marriage to Dean Paul Martin has been on ice since last fall, has been cutting a new figure with actor-singer Rex Smith. Rex escorted Dorothy to a recent party in Manhattan for NBC’s The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team, showing March 5, in which the 1976 Olympic gold medalist and Ice Capades star will perform. Off the rink it seems Dorothy has eyes only for Rex, though a spokesperson for Hamill claims they’re just friends. Meanwhile, Dean Paul, who recently spent time with Dorothy in Japan where she was touring, hasn’t skated out of her life. Confides someone close to Hamill, “They’re separated, but still best friends. Who knows—they still may reconcile.” The wooing of Dorothy could be even more competitive than the Olympics.
Now that bodybuilder-to-the-stars Jake Steinfeld has firmed up Hollywood’s tushes and triceps, he’s muscling in on the commercial market with a Body by Jake exercise guide for spring publication, a line of workout clothes, a possible record album and a video. Jake also worked as an extra in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, starring Harrison Ford. There’s been no report on Jake’s acting ability, but Spielberg has nothing but raves for Jake’s exercise regimen, which he and Ford followed while on location. After a recent ski trip, Spielberg left word on Jake’s answering machine that his stamina on the slopes had greatly improved. “It’s all because of you,” said Spielberg. “Thanks, buddy.” Maybe Jake’s next client could be E.T. if Spielberg proceeds with the expected sequel.
Frank Sinatra has been known to paint the Big Apple red, but in an untitled, signed oil painting he did some 30 years ago of a nighttime scene in Manhattan, he colored the town in more somber hues. According to New York’s Charles Hamilton Galleries, which will auction the 24″ by 20″ canvas on March 8, Frank probably did the painting in 1955 “during the Ava Gardner period when, obviously, Sinatra was in a state of depression.” Though art historians may be unfamiliar with the influence of Frank’s second wife on contemporary art, the result is an “excellent painting for an amateur,” says Hamilton, who has set $7,000 as the minimum bid. Though Sinatra gave the painting to the late sports-writer Jimmy Cannon (his brother Tom got it after he died), Hamilton has heard that Sinatra, who has seemingly given up creating that kind of art, is sending a representative to look at the painting. Could it be Ol’ Blue Eyes is looking for something from his blue period for his wall?
Trevor Nunn, director of Broadway’s Cats and 1981’s Nicholas Nickleby, will direct a new picture called Lady Jane, now being scripted by David Edgar, who wrote Nickleby’s stage and TV adaptation. The Paramount movie is a steamy adolescent romance set in 16th-century England and based on the true story of Lady Jane Grey, who reigned as queen for nine days and was later beheaded. No word yet on casting….
The leading ladies of another Paramount film reportedly are ready to go before the cameras if studio execs approve the just-completed script revision by Ken (Airplane II) Finkleman for Poor Little Rich Girls. The comic tale of two wealthy Beverly Hills housewives who suddenly find themselves virtually penniless will team perhaps the oddest of Hollywood odd couples, Joan Rivers and Bette Midler.