By  on January 19, 1994

Europa and the Bull: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher may have her detractors, but her son Mark is bloody well not one of them. He tells the world -- and the press -- that since mum is no longer her country's top dog, England is "going to the dogs." It's the reason he's pulling up stakes and moving permanently to Dallas, his American wife Diane's hometown. She happens to be an heiress, which makes it so nice for everyone. And let us never forget that Texas has no state income tax, the reason for those big smiles in the upper brackets.

Ian McKellan -- Sir Ian to the populace -- is reportedly keen to cast Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Elizabeth I in the film of his acclaimed production of "Richard III." Does it involve shaving the eyebrows and hairline? Oh, the pain. And wouldn't Vanessa Redgrave be more to the point?

Speaking of Vanessa (soon due on the screen with Jamie Lee Curtis in "Mother's Boys"), she wasn't acting even slightly maternal in Monte Carlo when she flew in for the premiere of her former lover Franco Nero's new movie, "Jonathan of the Bears." Big Van and Franco were terribly into each other, and the story goes they may even decide to marry. Whatever, their first fling was over 20 years ago. So if you believe that what goes around comes around, feel free to give this a scintilla of credence. It might make their son, now in his 20s and studying in America, happy. Then again, who knows?

It's all so terribleh silleh, but those hardy folk not bored to death with the travails of the Windsors are still talking about Princess Diana's wish that her elder son, William, attend Oxford, even though daddy, the Prince of Wales, went to Cambridge. It's all so frightfulleh silleh because the boy is only 11 and hasn't even gone on to Eton, which he's expected to do once he finishes at Ludgrove in Berkshire. Awfulleh silleh, the whole thing.

Still controversial even in death, Marlene Dietrich remains one of the most enigmatic and fascinating creatures in film history. Betting on this, Ballentine is coming out with a massive paperback printing this month of Marlene's daughter, Maria Riva's riveting book called "Marlene Dietrich" because what better? Greta Garbo?

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