"TO DO NOTHING is also a good remedy," said Hippocrates.
Maybe that is the very advice the Kennedy and Hannah families decided to take over last weekend when much of the media fully expected John F. Jr. and Daryl to get married in the Hamptons of Long Island, at the home of John's aunt, Lee Radziwill Ross.
In spite of all the speculation, there are now those who say they were actually "invited" to attend just such a wedding. But at the last minute it was canceled because of the fever of the press. (We won't mention names, for fear of keeping the invited from ever being invited again at another time.)
And Sen. Ted Kennedy WAS definitely out in the Hamptons last weekend, playing tennis for all he was worth. So I guess we do have to keep an eye on Daryl and John. They seem altar-bound.
DEBORAH RAFFIN is lovely in "Morning Glory," her latest film, opening Friday. She is so lovely, in fact, that even as a poor country woman -- widowed, pregnant and careworn -- she looks like the cover girl she used to be. But Raffin is also an actress, and she rises beautifully to the challenge of her role. Indeed, all the performers in this charming film, directed by Stephen Hilliard Stern, come off remarkably well, including Christopher Reeve as an ex-con accused of murder, Helen Shaver as a lusty waitress and especially the veteran Nina Foch, who makes the meaty most of her role as a librarian who encourages Reeve to better himself. (Reeve, by the way, is really good, light-years beyond his somewhat wooden "Superman" persona. And he hasn't gone to seed now that he's a better actor. In farmer's overalls, without a shirt, he shows off the body that made him famous.)
SOMETIMES THE hype pays off -- big time. I am speaking of ABC's adorable, sexy "Lois and Clark," the latest television adventures of the superhero from Krypton, his human alter ego Clark Kent and the perpetually suspicious and combative reporter Lois Lane. This witty fantasy premiered Sunday, opposite the season premiere of "Murder, She Wrote," and even though I felt like the worst, most conscienceless criminal Jessica Fletcher ever sent up the river, I watched her competition! (Oh, I know all about taping one thing and watching another, but for those of us who are VCR-inept that was never a reasonable option.)
This new series gives fresh meaning to that big "S" on Superman's chest -- as worn by Dean Cain, it clearly stands for Stud. But Cain is no Soloflexed, one-dimensional Man of Steel -- he has a wicked sense of humor and plenty of vulnerability/sensitivity. And we get the feeling that this Superman is not "faster than a speeding bullet" in those moments when it counts. Equally sexy and appealing is Teri Hatcher's Lois Lane.
Also on hand is Tracy Scoggins, as the Daily Planet's hot-to-trot gossip columnist. Scoggins' scribe appears at work wearing what looks suspiciously like a leather bustier. Finally, reality on TV!
ENDQUOTE: "I guess people don't assume you have normal lives and normal feelings and normal considerations like everyone else. . . . I guess people didn't really appreciate how serious we were." That's Alec Baldwin talking to Leonard Maltin of "Entertainment Tonight" about the public perception of his and Kim Basinger's much-gossiped-about relationship, which led them to the altar recently.
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