“I’m so happy, I’ve had the giggles for two weeks,” says Christopher (Blue Lagoon) Atkins, 24, of his betrothal to Australian model Lynne Barron, 24. The wedding will be May 25 in Atkins’ hometown, Rye, N.Y. The couple met last fall while Chris was visiting Australia. “We had a wild romance,” he says. “It was love at first sight.” The newlyweds will live in Atkins’ L.A. home, which the bride-to-be is already redecorating. “It doesn’t look like a bachelor’s pad anymore—all the pictures of my old girlfriends are gone,” says Atkins, who broke the news to former flame Cindy Gibb. “She’s excited for me,” he adds. Atkins’ prospective in-laws, who, he says, are somewhat rambunctious, are also enthused. “They checked me out as if I were a horse. They even pulled down my pants to see if I had good legs.” He says he’s not kidding.
Stephanie (Remington Steele) Zimbalist has been pondering that proverbial question: Do blondes have more fun? In an NBC movie, tentatively titled Love on the Run, Zimbalist plays an emotionally frustrated attorney who runs off with a convict, portrayed by Alec (Knots Landing) Baldwin. The movie was inspired by the story of Knoxville attorney Mary Evans, who helped her client-lover break out of jail in 1983. While on the lam, Zimbalist’s character dons various disguises to elude the police. Though she has a brief incarnation as a redhead, Zimbalist wears a short blond wig for most of the movie. “I really enjoyed being a blonde,” she says. “Men were more friendly and flirtatious. My face looked more worldly. It took the innocence away. It could be the new me.”… For her role as a lawyer defending Charles Bronson in Death Wish III, Deborah Raffin spent a few days in L.A.’s criminal courts observing public defenders. “One attorney introduced me to her client, who said he was a fan of mine and asked for my autograph,” she recalls. “I was flattered until I found out later that he was up for rape and murder charges. Maybe I should change my image. Most of my fan mail is from inmates or grandmothers.”
Michael Jackson has expressed interest in buying ATV Music Corp., which owns the rights to such Beatles songs as Help, Yesterday, Ticket to Ride and I’ll Cry Instead. Other tunes in the catalog of the London-based firm: Pat Benatar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot and the Pointer Sisters’ Jump For My Love.
Cult comic Pee-Wee Herman, who makes his film debut this summer in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, has been enjoying a few perks on the Warner Bros. lot. “My parking sign even has a picture on it,” boasts Herman. “I like to stand close to the sign, hoping people will recognize me.” But star treatment can be shortlived, he notes. “When we started filming, the studio gave me a car and my own driver. Now that we’ve finished shooting, I have to drive myself.”
Though a Washington, D.C. nightclub called the Wax Museum went out of business seven months ago, it’s still a gathering place for silent dignitaries. Only three of the club’s 17 wax figures—Frederick Douglass, Louis Armstrong and Albert Einstein—have been sold. Among the esoteric figurines still waiting for someone to take them home (at $2,000 each): Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Norman Rockwell and John Wayne. Summer approaches: Get ’em before they melt.