The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 84
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Page 2 The Salina Journal Sunflower Sunday, November 29,1981 Tattletales Write Robin Adams Sloan, King Features, 235 E. 45th St, New York, N.Y., 10017 Zsa Zsa Gabor has been signed to extol the virtues of Green Hungarian wine on your television set next year. Handling publicity for the event is Zsa Zsa's daughter, Francesca Hilton. Zsa Zsa Gabor I heard that J. Paul Getty in, the late millionaire's grandson who was kidnapped in Italy, was gravely ill. Has he recovered? — G.C. Young Getty, now 25, spent several months in a Los Angeles hospital and was in a coma part of the time. Doctors have yet to diagnose his illness, but his lawyer says they believe it was some kind of stroke. Getty is somewhat better now and is staying with his mother. He's separated from his German- born wife Martine, but she and their 6-year-old son have been visiting him. Getty was kidnapped in 1973 and held captive for four months during which time the kidnappers severed his right ear and sent it to a Rome newspaper. His family paid nearly $3 million in ransom money to obtain his release. J. Paul Getty III Lynn Redgrave Has Lynn Redgrave found a part on another TV series since she left the show "House Calls" after various disagreements with the producers? — J.H. Yes, she has. Lynn is all set to co-star with Norman Fell in a half-hour NBC series entitled "Teachers Only," to premiere early next year. Lynn will be playing an idealistic English teacher in a Los Angeles high school. Lynn can also expect more lighthearted treatment from her new boss. The new "Teachers" series is being produced by Johnny Carson. In the meantime, you can still see Lynn in the "House.Calls" episodes that were filmed before she left the show. The tremor over the Billie Jean King confession to a lesbian relationship with her former secretary may erupt again next spring. Now Rita Mae Brown, the lesbian author and activist, is writing a novel about two women lovers on the tennis circuit. Rita Mae lived with Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova in a 20-room Virginia home for some time before they broke up. Miss Brown's book is described by publishing sources as newsworthy, risque and funny. Martina Navratilova That pair of rising superstars, Nick Nolte and Richard Gere, are all set to link up their considerable box office magic for producer-writei^direc- tor Rob Cohen's long-in-the-works thriller "Tricks," a true-life tale about a ballet dancer and his bad boy of a brother. No studio deal has been set for the picture, but several majors (including Warner Bros, and Paramount) are hot to have the project now that Cohen (who'll direct his own screenplay) has Nolte and Gere firmly committed. Gregory Peck will be working in his first television drama this year. He's accepted a cameo role as Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming CBS series, "The Blue and the Gray," which traces a family with both Northern and Southern members through the horrors of the Civil War. Gregory Peck As a fan of Stewart Granger, that super-suave English actor who played opposite Deborah Kerr and Grace Kelly in the 1950s, I was astounded to hear he's planning a movie comeback. Didn't he die of lung cancer years ago? — K.L. Granger had half a lung removed some time ago after he contracted tuberculosis. At 68, he's long since given up his three-pack-a-day cigarette habit and proclaims himself in great health. In Los Angeles recently to push his newly published autobiography, "Sparks Fly Upward," Granger created some sparks of his own by announcing his plan to resume movie acting — after a four-year layoff — and by houseguesting with actress Jean Simmons, the wife he divorced 20 years ago. Wealthy in his own right, Granger has ranches in Spain and Arizona, and gives the impression of a man who misses the excitement of screen stardom. Stewart Granger Since her last film was such a big boxoffice flop, hasn't Diana Ross decided to drop her movie career to concentrate on her music full time? — P.E. Diana's last film, "The Wiz," an expensive musical update of the "Wizard of Oz," proved it's risky to tamper with movie classics. Despite the Ross casting, the picture was not a hit. In fact, only one of Diana's three movies, "Lady Sings the Blues," based on the life of singer Billie Holiday, has been even remotely successful Diana Ross al ttie boxoffice. K u «r, .,, , . Stm> Ross>s recording career is red hot, topped by her "Endless Love" smash hit with Lionel Richie. And, I hear, Diana's pSaT ning a move to Pans to research a film role as the famous Josephine Baker the American-born singer-dancer who was the toast of France in the 1920s So' it's music first but movies a close second for Lady Ross Actress-dancer Cyd Chariase and her husband, singer Tony Martin, seem to have one of the most stable marriages in Hollywood. How long have they been married? — H. V. Cyd and Tony have been married since 1948. Cyd, born Tula Ellice Finklea 58 years ago in Amarillo, Texas, is still in demand as a dancer and actress. Martin's career is on the upswing, and he's just completed a two-week singing engagement at a New York nightspot. At a White House dinner for Spain's King Juan Carlos recently, the couple looked splendid as usual, 'ahd'also displayed a fun-loving sense Cyd and Tony of humor. Martin kidded Secretary of State Alexander Haig by introducing Cyd and adding, "She's in love with you." A flustered Haig responded, ''That makes two of us." / •

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