@ Televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker left the luxurious PTL parsonage in Tega Cay, S.C., yesterday for a rare excursion. Reporters spotted the heavily made up gospel singer hiding on the floor of a black Mercedes, with newspapers over her head. Reporters followed the car to a bank and delicatessen in nearby Charlotte, N.C., but abandoned the pursuit when told she was headed to a hospital to visit a sick friend.
This year's "Ten Best Mannered Americans" list is in and this time etiquette expert and poll organizer Marjabelle Young-Stewart lists President Reagan, a three-time winner, for his all-American manners; Nancy Reagan for her serene manners; Sophia Casey, wife of the late CIA director William Casey, for her dedicated manners; actor Vincent Price for his charming manners; Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of the late actress Rita Hayworth, for her loving manners; businessman T. Boone Pickens for his respectful southern manners; actress Patty Duke for her woman-of-the-'80s manners; Pat Buckley, wife of columnist William F. Buckley, for her cheerful manners; John F. Kennedy Jr. for his well-bred manners; and actress Liza Minnelli for her gracious manners. Young-Stewart said she obtained her rankings by interviewing journalists and celebrity service personnel, including makeup artists, chauffeurs and maitre d's, in 26 cities.
Lady Bird Johnson Sued
Lady Bird Johnson is being sued for $10.5 million by a 36-year-old man who claims to be the illegitimate son of her late husband Lyndon B. Johnson. The suit, filed Thursday in Dallas' 192nd State District Court by Steven Mark Brown, alleges that Lady Bird Johnson conspired to deny Brown part of the LBJ inheritance and also accuses her friends Jess C. Kellam and Jerome T. Ragsdale of participating in the alleged conspiracy.
Included in the lawsuit is an affidavit from Brown's mother Madeline Brown, in which she claims to have had an affair with Johnson from 1948 to 1969. She says she met Johnson at a social function in Dallas in 1948 and then "routinely started having an affair" in his apartment in Austin's Driskell Hotel. She also claims she left her husband James Glynn Brown the same year she began seeing the future president. She divorced Brown in 1955.
The suit also alleges that Ragsdale, a Dallas lawyer who died in 1978, helped handle legal problems surrounding the pregnancy and later claimed to have fathered the child himself.
Gleason Leaves Hospital
Entertainer Jackie Gleason was released Thursday night from Fort Lauderdale's Imperial Point Medical Center, where he spent nearly a month recuperating from complications he suffered after taking prescription drugs for diabetes. Hospital spokeswoman Debra Rand refused to elaborate on Gleason's present condition.
Earlier this month, the New York Post quoted anonymous hospital officials saying Gleason was suffering from cancer, but that was denied by his personal spokeswoman, Sydell Spear.