Who would have thought anyone would bother to demonstrate against a public relations firm? But since Gray & Co. has signed up the leftist Angolan government as a client, it has had its problems. Many of the firm's conservative friends are upset, and members of the Young Conservative Alliance came to protest recently, handcuffing themselves to a stairwell in Gray's Georgetown offices. Now, a new, anonymous attack has been initiated. Over the weekend, pink flyers were pinned up at various places around town referring to "Angel Gray & Co. Exotic Angolan Prostitute." The sheet promises, "Your fantasy is my desire," and, with hardly subtle innuendo to make a political point, gives a phone number and advises, "When you call, ask for one of these erotic fantasies." The number, to the surprise of the callers, is to the Gray & Co. switchboard.
Jim Jennings, Gray's general counsel, said callers are not getting past the switchboard. By early yesterday, he said, about 20 calls had come in, and the Gray receptionist was saying, "I'm sorry, this is a business. It's not what you think." It's not known who is producing the flyers or another one that has been sent to the White House telling staffers there not to receive or return calls to Gray & Co. Asked about the unsigned flyers, Lee Bellinger, president of the Young Conservative Alliance, said: "We wouldn't do anything like that, but I can see where idealistic young people might do it. We certainly wouldn't." A small group of demonstrators showed up at Gray & Co. yesterday, but the Powerhouse doors were locked so they couldn't get in.
The Bristol Hotel has become the place to see theatrical celebrities. Marlo Thomas, who will be starring in "Social Security" at the National Theatre, is there with her own macrobiotic chef. This must be a healthy production because "Social Security" director Mike Nichols is also staying there along with seven others in the show who all have their exercise bicycles in their rooms. Thomas and her famous white-haired husband Phil Donahue dined in the Bristol Grill late Friday and politely signed autographs. Phil had a steak followed by ice cream. He drank diet soda. His wife had the salmon and swordfish fillet with two Amstel light beers. The cast and crew of "D.C. Cop," the made-for-television movie being filmed here this week, are also staying at the small hotel, as is Stacy Keach, who is starring in "Idiot's Delight" at the Kennedy Center . . .
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that the manslaughter trial of director John Landis and four others for a helicopter crash that killed actor Vic Morrow and two child actors during the filming of "Twilight Zone -- The Movie" must begin as scheduled in June. Landis' attorney was seeking a two-month delay . . .
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has donated $50,000 to the trust fund established for the children of the seven astronauts killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The contribution boosts the total amount collected to more than $600,000, said Roger Conner, a spokesman for American Security Bank, which is overseeing the trust. The Xerox Corp. contributed $110,000 in memory of astronaut Judith Resnik, who was an employe of the company before joining NASA . . .
In the what-took-them-so-long? category: After only a week in London, Madonna has overstayed her welcome. Like her bad-mannered husband Sean Penn, Madonna has been behaving badly. The Daily Mirror suggested her bodyguards are "thugs," referring to a near riot at the airport last week when the bodyguards went up against Fleet Street reporters, who, to present the other side, are not the most mannerly newsmen on the globe. There is a report that Madonna had an extra fired from the film she was working on for having the temerity to ask for an autograph. The day will come when Madonna and Penn will wonder where all the photographers and autograph-seekers went . . .
It was 34 years ago today that President and Nancy Reagan were married in the Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley. The first lady's press secretary, Elaine Crispen, says the couple will celebrate with a private dinner for two . . .
Author James Michener was released from the Seton Medical Center in Austin, Tex., Saturday. The 79-year-old indefatigable writer had undergone bypass surgery Feb. 16 . . . Band leader Xavier Cugat, 86, was released from the intensive care unit of Barcelona Hospital, where he had been admitted for treatment Feb. 26. He is expected to be released from the hospital later this week if his condition continues to improve . . .