Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur

By Jill Jackson
HOLLYWOOD … No more Rocky Balboa. A businessman in a dark suit, shirt and tie. That’s the way Sylvester Stallone appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Soft-spoken and erudite, “Sly” discussed everything from A to Z in the business with Dave. He brought along his three young daughters and his wife, but they remained in the Green Room (that’s where the cookies and refreshments are served). Stallone is a remarkable man when you consider that he writes his own movies, fathers a family and has never really gotten into any big trouble.

Aside to Norma D. of Montgomery, Ala.: You ask if I knew Bea Arthur. Well, she wasn’t a close friend, but I knew her because of Hermione Baddeley. She was always at Hermione’s parties, and we had lunch several times. And yes, she was one tough lady, but basically a nice and fun one too. There’s no denying that what she did, she did well. You asked me to liken her to an actress of today. At the moment I can’t think of any, but if you do, let me know.

Aside to Karen C. of Carmel, Calif.: You ask which female actress I consider the most beautiful. I would say Angelina Jolie. Hers is a sort of exotic beauty, quite different from the conventional type. If any of you out there want to tell us how you feel about whom, write to King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.
Want some memorabilia from “Lost”? There will be an auction at Barker in Santa Monica the end of August. More than a thousand props, costumes and other parts of the show like scripts can be had by the highest bidder. So, at the risk of being corny, “Lost” will never be lost to those who loved it.

As I’ve told you before, to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, first you must be in “the business.” You go to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and present your money, then your credentials. If approved, your star goes into the pavement and everybody gets to walk on it. The latest is Mark Wahlberg. He had all the necessary credentials — and the money.

Interesting, all the celebrity ladies who have been jailed recently have been blondes: Zsa Zsa, Martha, Paris and Lindsay. One wonders of how they keep it that way behind bars. Surely Nice ‘n Easy isn’t passed out in the pokey.
BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Ten child stars who made it to the top as adults: Mickey Rooney, Sammy Davis Jr., James Fox, Roddy McDowall, Ethan Hawke, Elizabeth Taylor, Jodie Foster, Judy Garland, Mary Pickford and Drew Barrymore. … Ten who didn’t: Macauley Culkin, Jack Wild, Anthony Newley, Tommy Rettig, Justin Henry, Geraldine Chaplin, Hayley Mills, Tatum O’Neal and, believe it or not, Shirley Temple.

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