Mackie Promises He Won't Bare Cher Designer Says The Star's Gown This Year Will Be Less Revealing

Posted: March 15, 1988

``Cher will still look like Cher," reports designer Bob Mackie of the gown he's whipping up for the actress to wear at the April 11 Academy Awards. He promises, however, "she's not going to look like she did a couple of years ago" - when she showed up at the Academy Awards in a see-through harem outfit that was barely there. Mackie pleads guilty to having designed the outrageous outfit that set eyes to popping, but he assures us, "I didn't recommend it; it was her idea."

This year Mackie is not only designing the gowns Cher and producer Sherry Lansing will wear to the Awards, but is creating all the Oscar show costumes as well. It's the eighth time he has designed the clothes for the Academy Awards production numbers.

VIDEO UPDATE

Lorimar Home Video will release three past Academy Award-winning films on March 30 - 1961 Best Documentary, "The Sky Above, the Mud Below;" 1971 and 1976 Best Foreign Language Films, "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and ''Black and White in Color."

SOUND BITES

Movie sound specialist Fred Hynes has been named the fifth annual recipient of the special Gordon E. Sawyer Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award is named for the last sound director of the Samuel Goldwyn Studio, and its function is to recognize longterm accomplishments by an individual who has made outstanding contributions toward the advancement of the sciences or technology of movies. Hynes is a five-time Oscar winner in the best sound category for "South Pacific," "The Alamo," "West Side Story," ''The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!"

AND ANOTHER THING

Oscar non-nominee Steve Martin will be a presenter at the ceremony . . . Barbara Walters' Oscar night special on ABC, prior to the big evening, features two nominees: Glenn Close ("Fatal Attraction") and Cher . . .

|
|
|
|
|