Daily News from New York, New York on March 23, 1979 · 77
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Daily News from New York, New York · 77

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Friday, March 23, 1979
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x (.1 i 7 i3 v n CM K o Q OS lJ w Z a Q A holiday for Jackie end family nACKIE ONASSIS and Caroline and .J J John Kennedy will spend the mS spring holidays (early April and over Easter) in one of their favorite places, St. Martins Island in the British West Indies. Jackie and chick and child will stay at La Samana, ideal for a rest and so beautiful. The hotel may be crowded, but it's designed to afford total privacy. At La Samana there are private bungalows, no telephones, the best food on the island, and a divine location on a picturesque Sandy Cove. Anyone with telephoto lenses skulks around at his own peril. Prince Rainier of Monaco was In' town briefly before going on to Bermuda to cruise on a friend's yacht with Princess Grace and their son and heir, Prince Albert. Rainier likes yachts. You remember he spent his honeymoon on one. AHA! There's more than meets the eye in the headlines anent the auction-bankruptcy sale and purchase of the Adela Holzer townhouse at 216 E. 72d St. for $400,000. Adela, yesterday's golden girl Broadway producer ("Hair," "The Ritz") wasn't present. She was in another courtroom awaiting the -verdict on charges of swindling investors of thousands of dollars through deals on nonexistent land in Spain and a Toyota dealership in Indonesia. Spanish-born 44-year-old Adela was found guilty on seven counts of grand larceny. There were 200-odd charges in litigation brought by creditors, investors, etc. While Adela was getting the bad news, her estranged husband Peter was Phyllis George Brown: happily wed at the auction, watching Bettye Martin, a luggage manufacturer, snap up his old house, once the scene of glamorous parties filled with monied people. The antiques and art objects had already been sold to meet creditors' demands for upwards of $1 million. Adela has been allowed, for the moment, to retain a sparsely furnished bedroom where she slept, probably fitfully, wouldn't you say, in what was reputedly Chopin's bed. Now they're even trying to snatch Chopin's bed out from under her for -resale. Uneasy lies the head that bilks the honest investor, especially when the bilker gets caught BUT BACK to Bettye Martin, the onetime photographers' representative turned luggage manufacturer. Some people think Bettye may be a front for other parties. Her constant companion for many months has been multimillionaire industrialist William C. Musham, the es-tranged husband of society figure Leiia Hadley Smitter Musham. In fact, Bettye's' deep into plans to transform Musham's charming 1840-barn in Bucks County, Pa., into a mod-" erri desTga studio. 'The "barn irpart of a ' VV ' - - ' V - " - - - inn nMf ? Elite Brown: happily divorced rolling farm that once belonged to humorist, S. J. Perelman.) The story goes that a major magazine has already made plans to do a lavishly illustrated feature on the barn's transformation. Various manufacturers of glass and whatnot are said to be contributing to the venture for those valued credit lines in prestigious homemakers' magazines. Could we call Bettye an entrepreneuse? Bettye has become something of an expert at the game of Monopoly, except that she plays with real real estate, the spoils of former marriages. She is camping out in a house in Summit, N.J., part of her settlement when she divorced Dr. Norman Schaeffer last year. She would have moved into her New York apartment, a token of her first marriage to Dr. Thomas Koeze (as in cozy), but that has been sublet Bettye will move into her E. 72d St. aerie as soon as Adela checks out of the boudoir. Will Musham be her third mate? Is the boardwalk at Atlantic City for sale? ELLIE BROWN, John Y. Brown's ex, was in New York with her decorator the other day to shop for the finishing touches on her fancy new Louisville, Ky., house. Ellie is telling friends that she's happy, happy, happy to be rid of the Boston Celtic's controversial owner, so there. And, furthermore, she hopes that he and Phyllis George, who were married oyer the weekend, will stay wed until the. millennium or maybe a little " longer but she prayed that they wouldn't be spending all those decades in Kentucky. Her prayers may not be answered, seeing as how, as they say in Kentucky, Phyllis George is dedicated to the proposition of making John Y. the new governor of Kentucky. Put that in your fried chicken and smoke it. Another of those seven-figure real estate deals took place in Los Angeles last week, where the influx of Arab and Iranian millionaires won't quit. The latest sale was that of the palatial George Frelinqhuysen estate in exclusive Bel Air, the heavily guarded enclave with private gates. The buyers were, ostensibly, a Mr. and Mrs. Pincus, but the story goes that they were subbing for one Princess Aya, who is either a Saudi or a Turk or both. Sellers of the Frelinghuysen place (the formal gardens are among the most fabulous in this high-rent nabe) are Mary and Jeffrey Swabe, who, before they moved into that magnificent layout, owned Charles Vidor's villa in the golden grotto community. The price tag? Around $2 million, which is getting to be the least common denominator in Beverly Hills and environs. Princess Aya, or even. Mrs. Pincus, might just turn around and sell it for double that. Maybe Bettye Martin would like a. West Coast pied-aterre. Staking out Travolta territory D TS NO GOOD being noticed, you have to be recognized!" lectures the English eccentric Quentin Crisp. - A bearded John Travolta, in person, was dining with a couple of pals at Alfredo's on Central Park South night before last. After his managers, Lemond-Zetter, denied that the actor had been in town, this column called the restaurant to be sure. Well, Travolta had paid the check with his own American Express card and had even signed autographs in the cafe. A sheepish Lois Zetter finally conceded that probably their star had been in town bjit hadn't bothered to call the office. "He does fly himself around a lot," said Lois. Meanwhile, out in the Phoenix Arts Museum, the Arizona Costume Institute Do I believe in astrology? Listen, I believe in everything. KAHN CAN: Madeline Kahn has signed up to star with Alan Arkin in "Simon." a comedy shooting in New York, written and directed by Marshall Brickman. (Need I remind you that Marshall shared-the best Oscar screenplay award with Woody Allen for "Annie Hall?") Madeline will play a sexy scientist who makes Arkin the object of her experiments and since she was already Oscar nominated twice (for "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles") you moviegoers are probably in for a treat ' Others in "Simon" include the "Electric Company's Judy Graubart, David Susskind as himself , Carleton Carpenter ill -1 - I " ' tk - t , ' r ' J 1 Faye Dunaway and Ricky Schroder: teamed in a classic is displaying the famous white suit Travolta wore in "Saturday . Night Fever." On a recent trip to the Valley of the Sun for a seminar held by the Phoenix Gazette, I had a chance to examine John's suit up close. It came from a Brooklyn shop, called "The Leading Male" and the Jacket lapels, pockets and edges bear white stitching that one didn't notice in the movie. The suit is now owned by Gene Siskel of Chicago, Who lent it for the exhibit Inside is written a ' message:-"To Gene. So here's to a clas- sic. Your Friend, John Travolta." Much, as I enjoyed seeing Travolta's white suit, the rest of the exhibit is equally fascinating Garbo's green velvet riding habit from "Queen Christina" by Adrian . . . two gowns of a million beads by Bob Mackie for Cher . , . Clau-dette Colbert's cream crepe dinner dress ? from "Boom Town" two unbelievable get-ups of Liberace's ... and, my favorite of all, the now endangered species, leopard briefs worn by -Buster Crabbe in "Tarzan." Very sexy. INCREDIBLE: One of my favorite friends is screenwriter-TV director Joel Schumacher who was caught in the act by this column of signing to direct his first important feature. "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" which Lily Tomlin is preparring to do for Universal. No mat-.ter what you may have heard, the studio is hot on this project and it will go as soon as the budget has been restructured. Joel is the guy who wrote "Sparkle," "Car Wash" and "The Wiz." He's a tall handsome New Yorker who grew up in -Queens. Lily and Joel are nrtarals to work together; after all, they are both -, Virgos.s'S''-. i, jC .fcfia&c inot i.w making his first movie in six years, and Adolph Green without Betty Comden! . Sounds like fun. TEARS IN EARS: There wasn't a dry eye in Hollywood the other night after MGM premiered "The Champ" they say it makes "Love- Story" look like slapstick comedy. But this remake of the old Jackie Cooper-Wallace Beery classic has . real class,, with Staten Island's young Ricky Schroder and Jon Voight in the roles of the kid and the prizefighter. The-party, on the MGM sound stage, where so many great musicals were made in the past, was a knockout The studio was decorated like the Hialeah race track seen in the movie and lumi-- naries, from Jackie Cooper to Rock Hudson to Diana Ross to "Champ" director Franco Zefferelli were on hand, along with King Vidor who supervised the original version. Ricky, 8, spent his time that night disco dancing to "Macho Man" and his only two partners were Aletha (Mrs. Peter) Finch and Zefferelli. The person missing was Ricky's other co-star Faye Dunaway, who won't do any publicity. They say it's because her intimate Terry O'Neill didn't like her in the movie and because she fears being photographed since putting on a little weight BIG BLAST: Hollywood is waiting for the Oscar-winning writer Stirling Silliphant's incendiary article about directors, in the new Writer's Guild publication Fade In. Silliphant hasn't pulled any punches in his contention that most movie directors are "glorified traffic managers rather than auteurs," and they say he names names in aft impassiahed -plea to change ine acceptea ground rules of moviemak-

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