In a time when every model wants to be an actress and every actress wants to be a model, here’s some casting news for your perusal. Supermodel Sophie Dahl has been set to play Ursula Andress in a movie about the late comedian Peter Sellers. Ursula, in decades gone by, found international stardom emerging like Venus from the sea in a temperature-raising white bikini, and laying opposite Sean Connery in the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No.” She and Sellers were supposedly lovers in 1967 while they filmed “Casino Royale,” a spoof of the Bond movies, in Switzerland. “Sellers would have said there was something between them,” says Roger Lewis, the author of the biography, “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” on which the movie will be based. “But there probably wasn’t. He was like that — he would make up all sorts of stories.” Yes, indeedy.
Ursula, who lives in Rome, has nothing to say about any of this at the moment. Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush will play the eccentric comedian; Emily Watson, his long-suffering first wife, Ann, and Charlize Theron will play the actress Britt Ekland, another one of the other long-sufferers. Charlize is inches taller than Britt, but who cares? Her costumes will include a retro array of miniskirts, knee-high white boots and re-creations of outfits by 1960s designer Norman Hartnell. I can wait if you can.
In Los Angeles, Nancy Davis’ twentysomething son, Alexander, whose grandparents are the Beverly Hills powerhouses Barbara and Marvin Davis, is dating thirtysomething swimsuit model and actress Caprice, who had a brief dalliance last year with Prince Andrew, who has a lot of brief dalliances every year. Adding to this, Nancy Davis, Alexander’s mommy, is telling friends that she and her husband, Kenny Rickel, are thrilled to bits to be expecting a baby in time for Thanksgiving this year. Equally thrilled are Nancy’s other children, Brandon and Jason, and of course, Alexander. Nobody has asked Caprice.
Plans are even now under way to celebrate former president George Bush’s 80th birthday party in June 2004. It will be a fundraiser for three Bush charities including Points of Light, M.D. Anderson Hospital and the Bush Library. Adele and Donald Hall and Sue and Kim Timken are the chairmen of this event, and James A. Baker and Mila and Bob Mosbacher are the honorary chairmen. All the above have to do is raise $30 million. And yes, former president Bush will once again jump out of an airplane. No remarks from the Democrats, please.