Jerry Hall, the tall, terrific bombshell who grew up in one of my own Texas hometowns (Gonzales, population 5,000) is getting a rumored $2 million advance to write her life story for HarperCollins. And we all know that the fact this dynamo was married to Mick Jagger and had four children with him between 1990 and 1999 is partly the reason for this magnificent money and interest. Jerry has remained on the periphery of the newsworthy Rolling Stones for years.
She is 51 years old now, and Mick is 64. It took Mick's fathering a child by Brazilian model Luciana Morad in 1999 to force Jerry to the divorce court. But in some ways, she and Mick always stay close and in touch. Of course, when Weidenfeld & Nicolson offered Mick a fortune to do an autobiography in the early '80s, he finally gave up saying he couldn't remember enough about the '60s.
Not so Jerry. She remembers everything.
She will, of course, have lots to say about her own life, philosophies and adventures in this book. She ain't her own demanding kind of woman from Texas for nothing.
Speaking of books ...
James Lipton's smash hit from Dutton went back for more prints almost before it arrived in bookstores. The perfectionist who is host of Inside the Actors Studio has told the Inside Inside of his amazing life, and he tells me, "I asked of myself the same candor I ask of my guests."
Every actor dreams of being in Jimmy's witness chair being asked what he'd like to hear God say when he arrives in heaven.
The Diana inquest in London offered a guy last week who claimed he was driving in front of her Mercedes just before the crash and saw a bright flash coming from a motorcycle that overtook her limo in the tunnel. This supposedly supports Mohamed Al Fayed's theory that Britain's M16 had the princess and Dodi Al Fayed murdered "with the help of an intensely bright anti-personnel flash gun that blinded the driver Henri Paul."
This particular witness seems ready for television. He has already given conflicting versions of this event in separate witness statements. He served several years in prison for possessing illegal weapons and has been accused of trying to sell a baby to a German industrialist. He sounds like a winner, doesn't he?
Mel Brooks seems slightly paranoid in statements to come in Entertainment Weekly. He says: "I think they're gunning for us. I think they're gonna make us pay for our 12 Tonys [for The Producers]. But everybody in Young Frankenstein is good. The book is hilarious and emotional. And YF has much wider appeal."
Mel says he has no plans to follow with a musical of Blazing Saddles. He says, "Maybe I'll do a one-man show in Melbourne, [Australia], for five years. And if it works ... I'll take it to Sydney ... and if it works in Sydney, I'll take it to New Jersey!"
Better than first class
Singapore Airlines just offered a first look at the Airbus A380 double-decker which bowed in Toulouse, France. On this plane, passengers can relax in double beds in 12 suites described as "a class beyond first," with linens by Givenchy.