You fainthearted folks at Pepsi may not want to read this, but here goes. You know how you paid Don Johnson $1 million to appear in your sleek—and pricey—commercials? Well, it seems that some enterprising photographers rented an apartment near a Miami Vice location shoot so they could capture the goings-on with their telephoto lenses. And just what do you think they saw Don drinking? Diet Coke. Oh well. He was probably doing it just for the fun of it.
Paul McCartney, busily hyping his new album, Press to Play, is turning his attention to a generation whose parents are old enough to have been Beatles worshippers. The 44-year-old multimillionaire, who already owns the rights to such standards as Sentimental Journey and One for My Baby, has acquired another classic: Britain’s beloved comic strip character, Rupert the Bear. McCartney will usher Rupert, who was created in 1920, into the ’80s (and the U.S.) by way of a video. Paul’s animated Rupert and the Frog song topped the video charts in Britain last year, even outselling Michael Jackson’s Thriller. This was a sweet success for Paul, since Jackson now owns the rights to nearly all Beatles compositions.
Rupert’s unlikely competition for airtime may come from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who filmed their new music video, Baseball Boogie, at Dudley Moore’s 72 Market Street restaurant in Venice, Calif. It co-stars celebrity boosters Donna Mills, Joan Van Ark and L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley. But the Dodgers aren’t the only major league team to go the video route. The New York Mets filmed theirs two weeks ago—with help from Mayor Ed Koch—and called it Let’s Go Mets. Leave it to those big galoots to come up with an original title.
While strolling on the grounds of her Malibu ranch, Lynda Carter lost a $10,000 diamond bracelet, a gift from her husband, attorney Robert Altman. Distressed, she rented several metal detectors and even enlisted her housekeeper to help scour the acreage. Carter was particularly worried because her ranch is up for sale and the new buyers might discover the hidden treasure. After weeks of searching, Carter found the bracelet in some tall grass. Not long after, a house-hunting Bruce Springsteen dropped by to check out the spread, albeit too late for the bonus offer.
After four years on Days of Our Lives as fortune hunter Anna DiMera, Leann Hunley has moved on to prime time and Dynasty. She’ll play a new love interest for Gordon Thomson’s Adam, one of the Carrington boys….
On the subject of Dynasty lovers, Diahann Carroll will steam up the TV screen with Richard (Streets of Fire) Lawson….
Camille Cosby, Bill’s wife, will produce a movie based on the life story of Winnie Mandela, wife of South Africa’s imprisoned black activist Nelson.
Baby Patrol: Barbi Benton, Hugh Hefner’s former playmate, and her husband of six years, George Gradow, are parents for the first time, courtesy of 6-lb., 11-oz. Alexander, born in Aspen. A spokesman for Hefner said a gift was in the mail and that a telegram of congrats had been wired. The message was not divulged, however. “It’s rather personal.”
Guests at L.A.’s swank Sunset Marquis hotel woke up to some odd noise recently—the clanking of steel, generated by Dolph (Rocky IV) Lundgren. Lundgren, 26, was fine-tuning his swordplay for his next movie, Masters of the Universe. Nobody had the nerve to tell the 6’5½”, 240 lb.-plus Lundgren to knock it off.
The L.A. Lakers’ ever-smiling superstar Magic Johnson has an awfully high opinion of himself. A week after hosting a fund raiser for the United Negro College Fund that brought in $300,000, Magic threw himself a 27th-birthday bash at his Bel Air home. No harm there. But then he asked his guests for five minutes of silence—in his honor. “He was a lot more humble on his last birthday,” grumbled one of the well-wishers.