Byline: Aileen Mehle

Now that the word is out in Hollywood that Michelle Pfeiffer will definitely not play Marlene Dietrich in the movie adapted from the book written by the sultry star's daughter Maria Riva (Louis Malle is doing the script), the hunt is on for an actress who has the looks and talent to play the part. She should have beautiful feet and legs a la Dietrich, because if United Artists is smart they'll fill the flick with lots of shots of those beautiful gams, crossed and uncrossed. Back to the convent, Sharon Stone.

For her 60th birthday, Sophia Loren received a splendid emerald ring from her husband Carlo Ponti. Heaven knows she deserves it. When you think of the men she could have married.

A sad Princess Diana, complete with semi-stiff upper lip and red-rimmed eyes, showed up Monday at the London lunch for Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter at Vogue House given by Nicholas Coleridge, Conde Nast's man in England. Quite naturally, all the men present, most of them famous in the British media, stood up when Diana entered the room. She may be their target for daily slings and arrows, but she is still to be respected. One of the gentlemen present, no particular fan of the Princess of Wales, recalled when Lady Fermoy, Diana's grandmother, warned the Royal Family at the time Prince Charles and Princess Diana's engagement was announced that a match between them would be disastrous, citing Diana's unstable family. And if granny wouldn't know, who would? Nothing cloudy about her crystal ball.
Among the Vogue House group were such as Jeffrey Archer, David English, Mark Hastings, Michael Green, Jonathan Newhouse, Melvin Bragg, Stephen Frye, Henry Porter and Rosa Monckton. The flies were fighting for room on the wall.

Some lawyers think that if and when Charles and Diana divorce, her settlement would need to be at least 15 million pounds (something like $22 million) to assure that her style in the future would correspond to the style to which Charles entitled her in the past. On Dec. 9, they will have been officially separated for two years, when a quickie divorce would be possible.
If there is no peace for the Royals, there is also very little peace for Royal in-laws, even ex-Royal in-laws. Just opening in New Zealand is the case being brought by one Heather Tonkin, alleging her daughter, Felicity, was the result of an affair she had back in 1985 with Princess Anne's then-husband, Capt. Mark Phillips. Phillips is not only denying paternity--cross his heart and hope to die--but offering to undergo DNA testing to prove his innocence.

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