People

Posted: October 12, 1987

SHE WINS A PRIZE FOR FANTASIES

NOW WE KNOW WHY O.J. IS RUNNING SO FAST FOR HIS RENTAL CAR

Another piping-hot tidbit from "The Prize Pulitzer," the story of Roxanne the cheery working class cheerleader's wacked-out marriage to Peter the newspaper heir, has lodged itself within our 30-second attention span.

It involves the first time they made love. He asks her afterwards one of those 10 or so dangerous questions that should never be asked of a lover unless one is prepared for an honest answer. That is: What were you thinking about?

Roxanne, a consummate ditz, chirps: "O.J. Simpson." Pulitzer, apparently not one to know when to give it up, asks the follow-up question: "Why him?"

"Well," Roxanne replies, "because I'm a Buffalo Bills fan . . . and he's very good looking."

After she sets this exchange down, Roxanne goes on to write that O.J. is among the "seven basic fantasies that I have come to rely on to reach orgasm." She does not go on to elaborate, she tells the New York Daily News,

because that might "eliminate their effectiveness."

SEE DOLLY RUN

When the Sevier (that's se-vere) County, Tenn., High School Class of 1964 had their reunion there was a lot of swapping of Dolly Parton stories. Charlesetta Franklin Gray was laughing about how she and Dolly snuck out of their hotel room to get a look at Times Square during the class trip to New York City. "We were walking along when a guy grabbed her," Gray recalled. ''She chased him two blocks wearing those high stacked heels and yelling and screaming at him. That guy was so scared."

AUDI DOODY

Joanne Woodward, who's into the ballet and compulsive knitting, is also a flying-phobe. She had her husband, Paul Newman, drive her the 12 hours from their house in Connecticut to the Toronto Film Festival, at which their movie ''The Glass Menagerie" (he directed; she starred) was an entrant. Another Woodward factoid: she gave the free Audi she got for doing those TV commercials she's been in lately to her maid.

DELAYED ATTRACTION

Michael Douglas and Glenn Close didn't warm up to each other right away on the set of the frighteningly popular psycho thriller "Fatal Attraction." ''She was sort of shy and standoffish . . . but we managed to strike a balance," he tells US magazine. "It took me a long time to feel close to Michael . . . but at the end we really hit it off," she says.

TODAY'S QUOTES

"A tiresome act which became a tremendous bore!"

- Myrna Loy on Greta Garbo's legendary reticence in her forthcoming autobiography "Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming."

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"I am only 78. I'd know if I were over 80."

- Arlene Francis on a recent headline that referred to her as an octogenarian (look it up).

ODD PERSONAL HABITS

The Washington Post notes that people give Rep. Pat Schroeder, the female Coloradan who just announced she won't be running for president, a lot of grief for signing her official correspondence with a smiley face. It then notes that Sen. Rudy Boschwitz of Minnesota, who chairs the big-deal GOP senatorial committee, does it, too, and nobody gives him a hard time. We say an itty bitty pox on both their pens.

Alex Trebeck, host of "Jeopardy," puts all his light clothes on white hangers and all his dark clothes on brown hangers.

FACTOIDS

A sign in the New York City marriage license bureau, which is jammed these AIDS-plagued days:

"Getting the license

DOES NOT MEAN THAT

YOU'RE MARRIED;

YOU ARE NOT.

CLASS ACTS

When the critics trashed Lisa Bonet's "Cosby Show" spinoff, "A Different World," Daddy Bill let his TV daughter know he thought she was catching flak really aimed at him because Forbes magazine had just reported his personal fortune to be $87 million. "That was a pretty classy gesture," "World" producer Anne Beatts tells Marilyn Beck, "and a pretty perceptive statement for him to make."

REAL ESTATE

Richie Havens is looking to build a house in Nova Scotia.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Sean Penn will host "Saturday Night Live" at some point this season. We wonder: will he be able to snarl at himself, or only at others?

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