Evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker may throw in a bid for a 200-room Wisconsin lodge that could serve as headquarters for their new ministry. The Bakkers have requested information on the bankrupt Telemark Lodge near Cable, Wis., which goes on the block Sept. 15. Auctioneer Jim Bohon said an unnamed associate of the Bakkers, who were ousted as heads of the PTL ministry following a sex scandal, described the lodge as an ideal site for the couple to resurrect their ministry. The site includes a ski hill, an 18-hole golf course and a 3,000-seat coliseum, and has been appraised at more than $13 million.
The Unknown Marilyn
A series of photographs of Marilyn Monroe, taken in 1945 by an Army photographer under the command of Ronald Reagan, sold at auction yesterday in London for $23,130, said a spokesman for Christie's auction house.
The 25 photos, all but two of them color transparencies, were taken by David Conover after he was commissioned by his commanding officer -- Reagan -- to take promotional photographs of women involved in war work.
At the time, Monroe was an unknown Radiophone Corp. worker named Norma Jean Dougherty.
The buyers were identified as a group from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who bid by long-distance telephone during Christie's "pop" memorabilia sale.
Staller in Penthouse
Italian Parliament member and former porno star Ilona Staller will be gracing the pages of Penthouse magazine this October in a 10-page spread. Staller, a k a Cicciolina ("Little Fleshy One"), became the focus of media attention earlier this year when she drew from past work experience for her campaign tactics: She regularly stripped off articles of clothing to display what she considered her qualifications for political office.
Hepburn on the Move
With more than 50 years of stage and screen experience, Katharine Hepburn is not slowing down. Hepburn is to star in an upcoming NBC movie titled "Guest Appearance," and her book, "The Making of 'The African Queen': Or How I Went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind," is due out next month. Hepburn is also scheduled to star in and script an autobiographical film titled "Me and Phyllis," the story about her 30-year relationship with secretary-companion Phyllis Wilbourn. Locations will range from a theater in Chicago to Fenwick, Hepburn's estate in Connecticut.
Ladd to Play Rice?
Model Cheryl Ladd is reported the front-runner for ABC's upcoming movie "The Donna Rice Story." Allegedly in second place, according to reports from New York, is actress Andrea Evans of "One Life to Live" fame, who is said to be a friend of Rice's.
Bjorn Borg's Split
Bjorn Borg's girlfriend Jannike Bjorling said yesterday that her three-year love affair with the former tennis star is over. "There is no longer anything between Bjorn and me. It is over now," she told the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.
Borg, 31, met Bjorling, 20, in June 1984 at a Stockholm discothe`que, where she was taking part in a beauty contest. Their son Robin, who will be 2 next month, was born in 1985 after Borg divorced his wife of four years, Romanian tennis player Mariana Simonescu.
The mass-circulation Stockholm daily Expressen has published a photograph of Borg with Rolling Stones drummer Bill Wyman's former girlfriend, pop singer Mandy Smith, 16, at a London club.
-- Compiled from staff and wire reports by Moira Mulligan Chuck Conconi is on vacation.