From the Editor
As the song says, "To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season"; and to turn the winning letters on the most popular game show ever, Wheel of Fortune, there is Vanna White, who a year or so ago was happily enjoying the measured fame accorded her as Wheel host Pat Sajak's side-kick. Then, sudd
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Slip 'Em a Mickey After interviews with such flakes as Joan Rivers and the whiny Don Johnson, I was beginning to wonder if the famed and respected Playboy Interview was doomed to sound like something out of People or, worse yet, Vanity Fair. Then along comes Jerry Stahl's interview with Mickey Rourk
Catch it while you can Everyone wants to get into Nell's, the hot Manhattan night club on 14th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Everyone wants to get in because most people can't. Like other swank New York clubs whose popularity preceded it, Nell's employs a basic law of human nature: Keep
Most agreeable way to ingest toxins: hot showers. The longer and hotter the shower, the more water pollutants are vaporized and breathable. • Densest area in United States: Jersey City, New Jersey (12,000 inhabitants per square mile). • Amount health-care facilities spend on TV advertising annually:
Charles M. young Good Stuff to say about Bruce Willis: 1.The Return of Bruno (Motown) is unpretentious and silly, and I may even program a cut or two into my next party tape for non-avant-garde types. 2. Willis' voice in its best moments sounds like latter-day Mitch Ryder. 3. His band sounds like th
Actor Peter Reckell has worked for a number of years on stage, on TV and in movies. But he's best known for his portrayal of Bo Brady on the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives." Since Brady is a notorious wine-'em-dine-'em troublemaker, it seemed right for Reckell to comment on Little Richard's "Lifeti
During the disco era, black male ballad singing all but died out, and its resurgence has been one of the most encouraging trends of the past couple of years. The problem is that even the finest of the new black balladeers (Freddie Jackson comes to mind) is more formally correct than soulful, and the
Ok, Michael, it's time to knock it off Department: Michael Jackson has asked the New York toy merchant F. A. O. Schwarz if he can rent its store for a slumber party. All that pure oxygen seems to be taking its toll. Reeling and Rocking:Yackety Yak is the title of a movie in the works about the legen
Crime pays for the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, whose Blood Simple was a sleeper hit two years ago. That off beat shocker's promise of better things to come is more than fulfilled by Raising Arizona (Fox), a hilarious and uncompromisingly amoral comedy about the efforts of a convenience-store band
The Assault (See review) A night to remember in Dutch with Nazis. [rating]3-1/2 bunnies[/rating] The Bedroom Window (Reviewed 4/87) What a sultry adulteress saw. [rating]2-1/2 bunnies[/rating] Beyond Therapy (4/87) Re a man and a woman and 1001 gags about shrinks--ably recycled by Robert Altman. [ra
We see so much written about travel--and most of it just tells us how much it will cost to hang our hat in a place where nobody speaks our language. John Julius Norwich starts A Taste for Travel (Knopf) by noting that as travel becomes easier, it becomes harder to be a traveler in any real sense. It
Serious golf season is coming up--the Masters and all that--so I feel I should share some tips with you on how to lower your handicap. They come from my library of rare, out-of-print instruction books. From How to Play Your Best Golf with Corporate Assholes: The grip: Get a firm grip on your credit
Men are asking, "What happens if the war in Central America heats up and we have to go fight it?" I'd be remiss if I didn't answer that question and the others that are flooding my mail. So here goes: How's the beer in Central America? In general, it's very good, and it is outstanding in Nicaragua.
The question for the month: Have you ever been a deliberate tease and why? I've been a deliberate tease with authority figures, teachers, people older than I am. I never really wanted to know if they wanted me. I joked around with them, anyway. I wouldn't tease a guy in a club if I was really intere
Mammals characteristically nuzzle, fondle, hug, caress, pet, groom and love their young, behavior essentially unknown among the reptiles. If it is really true that the R-complex (reptilian brain) and limbic systems (mammalian brain) live in an uneasy truce within our skulls and still partake of thei
Blameless Boob Tube? Planned Parenthood has continued to pressure the three major television networks to lift their ban on contraceptive advertising. The networks argue that such advertising is "too controversial" and that the public would be uncomfortable with it. Yet a recent Harris poll commissio
Maybe you've seen the full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times, The Houston Post, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle or the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. The headline reads, "They did it 9000 Times on Television last year. How come nobody got pregnant?" USA Today ran a different version o
what's happening in the sexual and social arenas Tanked Up Seattle--The Automotive United Trade Organization (AUTO) is giving drunk drivers a good reason not to run low on gas. At the urging of AUTO, many of its member service stations have agreed to give police the car description and license numbe
In the past year, as America's foreign policy has undergone scrutiny on almost all fronts, there has been a tide of books and movies examining the legacy of the war in Vietnam. A disastrous consequence of that war was the devastation of Cambodia, the grim final scene of a drama that concluded with o
Sometimes, driving into town, Duane Moore found it hard to tell whether he was going forward or backward. The pickup was going forward, of course. He was not yet so crazy as to drive into town in reverse. And yet, internally, he ran mostly in reverse. He spent hours replaying old conversations in hi
"Rhonda, I'm curious. Do I really know this guy?"
I've always had this enormous imagination," says Melissa Prophet, 29, whose resumé reads like imaginative fiction and whose voice was made for exclamation points. "Balls, brains, sense of humor--that's me, the whole package! So when I did Playboy, I didn't want to just take my clothes off. I wanted
"Mmm--love the cologne you have on tonight. Which magazine did you tear it out of?"
Nineteen Eighty-Six might be fondly remembered as the year the movies grew up, the year that--against all odds and expectations--sophistication finally succeeded at the box office. That's not entirely the case, of course. The top ten movies of the year, led by the bellicose and noisy Top Gun, were p
Beyond the realm of matinee hunks such as Sylvester Stallone, there is a class of actors--those pictured on this page among them--who bring such unpredictable talent to their roles that they defy idolatry. Their characters, because they are so fully human, will never be cast in plastic and sold at T
Hollywood, as if caught in a self-reflective time warp, staged a massive retromaneuver in 1986: While on screen the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise was leaving its heart in 20th Century San Francisco and Peggy Sue was once again losing hers at the high school prom, the movie industry was taking its ow
Best (in alphabetical order) The Color of Money Proof that Tom Cruise is more than a hunk, plus Paul Newman's chance to win an acting Oscar to match the one they gave him for the hell of it last year. Crimes of the Heart Sissy, Jessica and Diane make movie magic from Mississippi mud by transforming
If Hollywood's 1987 movies are big-buck vehicles loaded with top design and plenty of market research, then the gear of choice is reverse. That is, the studios prefer to back into new production by offering the same stuff they've unloaded successfully in years past. For instance, this year we'll see
"But I don't think I can sell a picture of your hands."
Cotton-Knit Cardigans, wide-legged walking shorts and boxy unconstructed jackets are just some of the casualwear that will be garnering more than casual interest during the hot months ahead. In general, there's a more dressed-up feeling to sportswear that marries nicely with softer fabrics and loose
Barbara Hershey says she's left the past behind. So we won't mention it, except to say that the only thing about this provocative actress that hasn't calmed down is her career. Hershey's films include "The Stunt Man," "The Entity," "The Right Stuff," "The Natural," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and, curr
Playmate, Centerfold, Pictorial
Cowgirl? Not really. Before we took her north to Oregon for the Pendleton Round-Up, the closest Kym Paige had been to a Colt or a Mustang was on the Hollywood Freeway. So what's a nice L.A. girl doing at a rodeo like this? "Falling in love," she says. "With a calf roper. I love tight buns, and when
A man went to a brothel and selected six girls for the night. The next morning, the madam informed him that there would be no charge. Two days later, he returned, selected the same six girls and enjoyed another fabulous evening. In the morning, however, the madam presented him with a bill for $1000.
"I trust that those things are biodegradable, young man."
P. J. O'Rourke
This is addressed to the true bachelor, an adult male and a gentleman, who has never married and never intends to. We are a select group, without personal obligation, social encumbrance or any socks that match. We breathe the cold, pure air of solitude--of Olympus, of Parnassus and of the basement w
At 1:55 A.M., Libyan time, the first of the small fleet of F-111 bombers that had taken off from England six and a half hours earlier was still 50 miles from Tripoli, racing over the dark sea at 600 miles an hour. At an altitude of 200 feet, the 40-ton plane was still under the enemy's radar horizon
I don't understand womenDo you understand color television? No....So What's the problem?
No one has ever hit the jackpot on Wheel of Fortune the way Vanna White has. Before a fateful turn brought her to the show, Vanna's life was just like those of thousands of other aspiring California actresses--a scramble of auditions, castings and modeling assignments, of daily dramas and nightly dr
"The whole thing's much smaller than it seemed on TV."
We've all done it. Magazines latch on to something new and make it sound like lightning in a bottle. They make you feel left out if you haven't tried the latest taste sensation. Ten years ago, on May 30, 1977, you could pick up Newsweek and read: Among hostesses in the smart sets of Los Angeles and
What is Addiction? In the world of science and medicine, ideas about what addiction is and what should be done about it have changed dramatically in the past ten years. Researchers now agree that addiction--whether to cocaine, heroin, amphetamines or some other chemical substance--is a single diseas
"I'm a very busy woman--fix me up with someone who's a premature ejaculator."
"What can you recommend for someone who came out ahead in the new tax-reform bill?"
There is no best car, skeptics say. Styling? Economy? Performance? Fun to drive? No car does it all. Maybe so, but judgment can be made about various categories of cars; and to prove it, we turned over the job of choosing the automotive best of breed in 13 areas--from Best Car Likely to Hold Its Val
On the preceding pages, you've read the opinions of men who are paid to play with cars. They slide, bend and occasionally break them. Then, with the detachment of surgeons, they speculate on each machine's flaws at the outer limits of stress and adhesion. In their search for perfection, these fellow
John Bernard Handelsman
"In my younger days, I had never heard of such things as radicchio or arugula, and now that I've heard of them, it hasn't brought me happiness."
Few young actresses in Hollywood have ever worked as steadily as Mare Winningham, or gotten juicier roles and better reviews. Yet Winningham, 27, is still virtually unknown, despite seven years of films and TV movies that have run the credibility gamut. She was the recipient of a mechanical heart in
It's the baseball season and all eyes are on this year's hot young prospect. Could it be ... Barry Bonds? He was the best combination of power and speed to hit the major leagues since his dad, Bobby, who clobbered 332 home runs and stole 461 bases. Twenty-two years old, with a quick bat, quick feet,
As anyone who has ever listened to Elvis, Mick Jagger or Hall and Oates can attest, there's nothing new about a blue-eyed soul singer. But few white singers have ever managed to sound quite as soulful as Mick Hucknall, 26, the lead singer of Simply Red. But Hucknall isn't just white, he's pale white
"I love to hear myself bitch," confessesRoseanne Barr.And nobody bitches better than the 35-year-old comedienne. Only a few years back, Barr was a Denver housewife who occasionally tried out jokes at a local comedy club. Her turf was bitter suburban angst--sort of Erma Bombeck with P.M.S.--and it to
Want your movie made? Forget Steven Spielberg or George Lucas--instead, Fed Ex your script to Jeremy Zimmer A.S.A.P. Renowned as the "Wolverine" for his energy and tenacity as a deal maker, he is the most-whispered-about young agent in the film business. A pivotal force in such current movies as Rut
What are you doing, weevil?I'm Reading the Personals Column, Mr. Duck. What's a "S.W.F," Mr. Duck?Single White Female.Oh ... What's "G.W.M."?Gay White MaleWhat's "L.S.M.F.T."?"Let's Smooch my fine Tomato." Well, Listen to this: "S.W.F., 35, wishes to meet sincere, honest, well-Adjusted male for seri
"That cute young Yale research specialist who was here last summer ... he never calls! He never writes!"
"No, thanks. If my condition becomes irreversible, I do not wish to be kept alive through heroic measures."
"Wally, when you said we were flying economy, I thought...."
"Whenever you boys git hungry, remember, it's first come, first served!"
"Was that an unnatural act? It seemed very natural."
While a pair of colorful suspenders is a creative way to express your fashion individuality, it's a cinch that belts--and especially buckles that can be interchanged among belts--are not about to let the trouser industry down. In fact, buckles in precious metals have given new life to metalcrafters
Gruene Natural Skincare and Shaving System includes the following products: a daily cleansing scrub, aloe cream shave, aloe after-shave and a moisture formula, all from Gruene, Beverly Hills, California, about $37 the set. Right: Push the button on the top of the Privacy Pen and anything within a 5
This Hughes Is No Recluse Is Canadian actress Brenda Hughes cute or what? She can be found poster-sized and in a feature film, Land of Doom. Go, Brenda! Kiss and Tell The Stones' Ron Wood (left) and singer/producer Bobby Womack have a secret. But not for long. They're recording an album together and
First Lady of Crime A Woman of Mystery, a new monthly newsletter devoted to annotating and providing background information on the detective novels of Agatha Christie, has just debuted; and if learning the toxicity of strychnine and how to brew a proper cup of English tea grabs you by the throat, th