That was the kind of year it was. The cover of Life magazine's "1987: The Year in Pictures" has a montage of photographs including the famous one of Donna Rice on Gary Hart's lap, a pensive Ollie North, and his leggy former secretary Fawn Hall in a short-short, red-red dress. Life still seems to have a way of getting that special shot. There's one inside the magazine of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker -- she in virginal white -- standing nearly knee-deep in the foaming surf, their eyes closed in prayer.

But it's the section "The Girls of Summer: Three Who Answered Notoriety's Knock" that evokes some of the most memorable moments of 1987. One is a double-page Francesco Scavullo photograph of tousle-haired Fawn Hall stretched out on the floor, wearing a lacy miniskirt and silver shoes. The other two full-page photos by John Zimmerman are of Jessica Hahn, who appears to be dressed only in an off-the-shoulder mini-length fur, laughing boisterously as though she knows something we don't, and a smug-looking Donna Rice, showing lots of leg in a side-slit black lame' gown.

Out and About

Lady Bird Johnson will be 75 tomorrow, and the former first lady will celebrate with a small party for family and a few close friends at her Austin, Tex., home. But there are public events, too: The first was on Saturday in Dallas at a $250-a-plate dinner benefiting the National Wildflower Research Center, which she founded in 1980. There will also be two days of festivities here April 28 and 29, when Washington should be in its springtime splendor. President and Nancy Reagan and all three living former presidents and their spouses will serve as honorary chairmen for the celebration, which will also benefit the wildflower center ...

Richard Neustadt, a former adviser to presidents Kennedy and Johnson, married Shirley Williams, a prominent British politician, Saturday in Old Hall Green, a hamlet 30 miles north of London. Williams is president and one of the founders of Britain's Social Democratic Party and was once regarded as a possible prime minister. Neustadt, who is to retire soon as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, said he expects to teach part time in Britain. But for the next 18 months, he explained, "it's going to be a complete transatlantic yuppie relationship. We are going to have to do a lot of flying back and forth." It's the second marriage for both ...

In the countdown for the Oscars, the British film "Hope and Glory," based on John Boorman's lighthearted childhood memories of World War II, was named best film of the year Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Boorman also received honors for best director and best screenplay. And Louis Malle's World War II memories, "Au Revoir les Enfants," won for best foreign film. Steve Martin in "Roxanne" and Jack Nicholson in "Ironweed" and "The Witches of Eastwick" tied for best actor; Sally Kirkland in "Anna" and Holly Hunter in "Broadcast News" tied for best actress ...

As for the Academy Awards this spring, Richard Dreyfuss and Michael Douglas each have had two powerhouse performances this year, and both men are expected to be major contenders for an Oscar. Douglas is touted as a good bet for best actor for either "Fatal Attraction" or "Wall Street." Disney's Touchstone Pictures is promoting Dreyfuss for a best actor nomination for his Willy Loman-like role in the painfully funny "Tin Men," while Warner Bros. is pushing him for best supporting actor for his work in Barbra Streisand's new film, "Nuts." If both studios get their wish, Dreyfuss would be the first man in Oscar history to be nominated simultaneously in both categories ...