Tattletales The Salina Journal Entertainment Sunday, January 12,1986 Page 2 Is it true that Mr. T and Sylvester Stallone get along so badly that the "A-Team" television star is badmouthing "Rocky IV"? —K.B. You have that turned around. Mr. T says that Stallone is responsible for all the good things that have come his way, including TV's "A-Team." You'll recall that Mr. T played Clubber Lang, Rocky's upstart opponent in "Rocky III." Things were never the same after that. Now Mr. T and his wrestling cohort, hulk Hogan, are planning to co-star in an action movie about two streetwise buddies. Wonder if it will be titled "Son of Rocky III." Mr.T Joan Collins Anything to the story that Joan Collins met her current husband under really strange circum- stances?—E.L. That depends on your interpretation of strange. Joan's husband is her manager, Peter Holm. He's Swedish. She, of course, is English. The two met in England during a leisurely weekend at a friend's house in the country outside London. Peter, a former folk singer, happened to be hanging around the same swimming pool as was Joan. Her escort — one Jeffrey Lane — couldn't make their date to attend a movie premiere of "Superman" in London, so Collins invited Holm. What followed, of course was a super romance. Does actor Roger Moore have a son who is billed as a really exciting up-and-coming movie star? —J.P. Moore does have two sons, but it's his 20-year-old brunette daughter, Deborah, who will make her film debut soon. She'll appear opposite Eric Stolz (who performed so admirably as the deformed teenager in "Mask") in a flick titled "Lionheart." Wonder if she'll wind up in any future James Bond flicks as a female villain? That wouldn't be as awkward as it sounds since papa Roger has finally bowed out as 007. Roger Moore Jackie Gleason Hasn't Jackie Gleason been told by his doctors that unless he gives up smoking and drinking he doesn't have long to live? — O.P. A couple of years ago, Jackie was told that unless he underwent coronary bypass surgery he'd be a dead man. Gleason did and he's fine now. He also shed a lot of the body weight that made his television portrait of Ralph Cramden on the "Honeymooners" such a hoot. The slimmer Gleason, who'll be 70 on Feb. 26, still chain smokes cigarettes. He also drinks. "A fella's got to have a little fun," explains Jackie. Now that Mary Tyler Moore has returned to a regular television series, what's the series about and what part does she play? — M.B. Mary stars in a CBS-TV series titled, simply enough, "Mary." Her co-star is James Farentino. MTM portrays a so-called "consumer advocate" columnist for a Chicago daily newspaper. That's why Mary spent some time in the Windy City not long ago researching her part at the offices of the Chicago Sun-Times. Columnists for the paper were eager to give her on- the-job hints. Wonder if the newsies auditioned for jobs as extras? Mary Tyler Moore Award-winning singer-composer Carole King decided to get away from life in the fast lane in Los Angeles in 1977. She and her husband, Rick Sorenson, moved to a ranch near Stanley, Idaho, where they raise horses, mules and goats. Spartan living and hard work are no strangers to her — she's lived for a time without running water, electricity or a telephone; she's spent exhausting days digging ditches, gathering firewood and hauling hay in a wheelbarrow. "There's a lot of work to it, but it's that kind of rechargeable work," she says. "After a full day you're exhausted but you feel good. It provides a balance and a breath of sanity." King's life is similar to that of Emma Moriatry (played by Sally Field in "Murphy's Romance, a new feature film), who moves herself and her 12-year-old son to a rundown Arizona horse ranch, determined to begin life anew. It was fitting then that "Murphy's Romance" provided King's first experience scoring a major motion picture. King had an opportunity to work with two long-time associates during the movie. "I've known Lou Adler, the producer of the songs and score for over 20 years," she says.' "The guidance and direction he provided on this project is beyond description. "If the lyrics fell short, he'd let me know. He suggested the line in the final song — 'You kissed me like a lover, loved me like a friend.' "When I'm stumbling, he redirects me, picks me up and puts me in the right place." She also got to work with David Campbell, the movie's music orchestrator and arranger, who she worked with on her popular song, "You've Got a Friend." Carole King Barbara Hershey has never allowed herself to be categorized. As an actress, she chooses roles which give her diversity and an oppportunity to stretch her talent. It is part of what she calls her "instinct for survival." "I really have no preference as to whether I play a good or bad character in a film," she says. ' 'I believe that if the devil came to earth he wouldn't come as the devil. He would come as an angel or something a bit more disguised. And also, I think that if there is a devil in us, there also is an angel, struggling. "I don't like black and white too much; I love playing complex people. "I find the questions more interesting than the answers. "So even when you play somebody who is sort of on the dark side, I think there are a lot of other influences involved. "If you can really get into the role, you can learn a lot and understand people a lot more." Barbara Hershey Isn't it true that Tony Bennett secretly would like to give up singing to concentrate on his first love, painting?—S.D. No, not at all. Bennett loves to both sing and paint. His vocal accomplishments are, of course, well-established. Singing pays the bills, but Tony has long been a serious artist. Some of his paintings are impressive. One of Bennett's oil paintings, titled "The South of France," was recently purchased by a Hollywood star with a keen eye for beauty—Gary Grant. Tony Bennett Victoria Principal Did Victoria Principal so badly injury herself that she'll have to drop out of "Dallas" completely? — O.P. Not so. Victoria suffered a bad back injury that was diagnosed as a herniated disc. She was forced to lay off from her "Dallas" chores for about three weeks. That's when rumors of a permanent bowout began to surface. But by early December she was back — although practically encased in a supporting back brace. Victoria was so enthusiastic about her return that she decided that in addition to "Dallas," she'd join Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes in a special three-hour movie treatment of the history of J.R.'s clan.
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