Why would anyone pass up $150,000 worth of jewels and walk off with a replica of the dress Marilyn Monroe wore in "The Seven Year Itch"? Well, as the thief told the London Daily Mail, he's a Monroe fan who "wanted to get close to her spirit." Obviously, a week was all he needed, and then he turned the replica, which had been hand-sewn by designer Bill Travilla, over to the English tabloid. The amazing white dress has presumably come back to America along with other Travilla designs that were part of a London fashion show staged by the American College and billed as a "Help the Aged" charity. The show featured the Emmy Award-winning designer, the Monroe replica modeled by a Monroe look-alike and Travilla's designs for the next season of "Dallas," modeled by Barbara Carrera. As yet, there's no word if Travilla plans to press charges or merely press the dress.
Legal note: In a suit filed May 19 in L.A.'s Superior Court, Gale Hayman, a former executive vice president of Giorgio Inc. and still a board member and owner of 49% of the firm, has sued the company to regain her former position. She is also asking $75 million for damages she contends stemmed from her ouster from the firm in February, 1985. Hayman, the former wife of Fred Hayman, who is Giorgio chairman and chief executive officer, recently announced her intention to start a cosmetics line. When reached by Listen yesterday, she said: "I intend to continue full throttle with the cosmetics line. I've taken studio space in Century City, and if I win the legal case, I'll merge the new makeup line into Giorgio's. If I don't, I'll launch it on my own in spring, 1987."