Antonio Banderas, the gorgeous Spaniard ("The Mambo Kings," "Philadelphia") is being hyped as the movie sex star of the Nineties. You'll get the picture when you see his shocking, scorching, steamy scenes with Winona Ryder in "The House of the Spirits." Banderas plays a Che Guevara type in the movie, equally adept at politics and love-making. He can have my vote.
Even though Adnan Khashoggi's wife, Shapari, is a beauty, his other passion is Marilyn Monroe, and he has one of the biggest collections in the world of Monroe memorabilia, thousands of signed magazine covers and pictures, and, of course, all her movies. In the South of France, where they exaggerate everything, the story goes he may even name his new yacht, "The Marilyn." The big news here is that he has a new yacht, never mind what he's naming it. The coffers must have been refilled while a lot of backs were turned.
Reports of the alleged extra-marital wanderings of Luciano Pavarotti persist and persist and persist. So, in the face of continued rumors, Adua Pavarotti, the terrific tenor's wife who, God knows, has been through all this before, tosses out this caustic comment, "He might leave home for a plate of spaghetti. But for a woman? Never!" She knows her man. And besides, there's all that linguini waiting at home.
The lullabies of Broadway will float through the floors of Tiffany on the evening of March 8, when cocktails and good cheer will mark the curtain call for Broadway's 100th anniversary year. Tiffany's chairman William Chaney and 300 guests will celebrate the triumphs of the stage by raising toasts to four legendary ladies of the theater, Carol Channing, Celeste Holm, Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon, all singular sensations if there ever were any. There will also be Tiffany table settings on display based on themes suggested by these fabulous females' famous productions. John Loring, Tiffany's design director, and John Funt have set out to create designs inspired by "Oklahoma!" (who can forget Celeste Holm as Ado Annie breaking out in that famous hog call?), "Hello Dolly" (starring the incomparable Carol Channing), the original "Damn Yankees" (in which Gwen Verdon played the seductive Lola) and "West Side Story" (set on fire by Chita Rivera and her wild dancing). That formidable foursome, along with Mercedes Ruehl and Lucille Lortel, plus illustrator Al Hirschfeld, will all be there that night to bring a close to the centennial and hear about the new Celebrate Broadway Preservation Fund, designed to collect and preserve the artifacts of Broadway, which will be housed at a location to be decided later. And, yes, it will be big enough for the surrey with the fringe on top.