Which celebrity search party would list the Vicente Foods market as a hot spot for star gazing? Certainly not Listen, who sometimes strolls those well-trodden aisles. Yet in the course of a week, we have spied not only Angela Lansbury, pushing her own shopping cart out to the parking lot, but the other Ronald Reagan (Ron Jr.) as well, catching a ride on the back of his shopping cart, which carried more cans of cat food than we've ever seen in one shopper's basket. As for marketing apparel, Lansbury chose a blue blazer to wear over her skirt and blouse. Reagan sported a crisp, short-sleeve white shirt and khaki shorts.
Last week Listen got a call from Barbara Eden as she sat watching her locks fall to the floor at Michaeljohn Salon in Beverly Hills. It seems that her new role in the stage production of "South Pacific" prompted the snipping. John Isaacs "decided to cut it so I can wash it on stage, and to color it a little darker blond. He thought it would have more depth," said Eden, who will belt out "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair" every night in the tour that also stars Robert Goulet. Issacs refers to Eden's new hairdo as short, layered and feminine--a style that can look both World War II and today. But he also told Listen that short hair isn't what first comes to mind when he thinks of Barbara Eden. "I always remember her with the ponytail and bangs," he said of TV's one-time Jeannie.
Maria Shriver turned up shopping at Bobi Leonard Interiors in Santa Monica recently. Owner Leonard tells Listen that Shriver's new hubby, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stood at the door ("Everybody gawks at him") while the co-host of "CBS Morning News" picked out four pairs of extra-wide decorative hair combs, several faux- jewel hair clips and a pair of fluorescent palm tree earrings. Shriver assured Leonard that at least one pair of the combs would be a gift for her grandmother, Rose Kennedy.
A bracelet that stores suntan lotion is the latest novelty from that land of endless summers, Orange County. A Laguna Hills-based firm called Soladyne Pacific is introducing a colorful plastic bracelet that holds one ounce of waterproof suntan lotion--SPF 2, 6 or 15. This "Handytan" bracelet in white, aqua, hot pink and yellow is the latest in a series of plastics ventures by businessmen John Marsden and Edward Harrigan. Company vice president Harrigan tells Listen that Handytan will sell at various drug and surf shops-- but with no refills for this $4.99 bangle. Market research shows people don't like refills, Harrigan says. "We asked: 'Can you name any product in your life that you refill?' The only thing we came up with was gas tanks."
Fashion with a punch: Bidermann Industries threw Daniel Hechter's menswear into the ring this week with a show of his holiday collection at Gleason's Gym in Manhattan. Former champs Joe Frazier and Jake LaMotta were there, but didn't pull any punches. They commentated a bout featuring two neophyte boxers, after which the male models took to the ring. Neither champ wore Hechter's clothes at the event, but Bidermann's Mary Ann Wheaton explained why: "Can you imagine trying to fit those two?" Frazier confided to Listen that he wears a Size 52 jacket.
Debbie Reynolds has proof she's kept her petite figure. She's just been named spokeswoman for the petite divisions of Leslie Fay Cos. Reynolds will show off her filmic figure at personal appearances and will commentate fashion shows across America this fall and spring. Reynolds, who is 5-feet, 1 1/2-inches tall, wears a Size 6 petite, says Sara O'Donnell, Leslie Fay's PR spokesperson.
Mary McFadden's pleated gowns don't come cheap, but would you believe $3 million for one of her designs? That's what actor Ned Beatty paid for a dress donated by McFadden, which he purchased for his wife at a fund-raiser for the Kentucky Opera in Louisville recently. Lucky for Beatty, the $3 million was paid in play money he won at the charity gambling tables at the Opera's Geranium Ball. McFadden, who was also in Kentucky for the benefit and for the Hard Scuffle Steeplechase, attracted more attention at the Louisville Athletic Club than she did at the ball. McFadden decided to take a steam bath in the buff. "The steam room turned out to be co-ed," McFadden told Listen. "The attendant was very upset."