TORONTO (AP) -- Steve Martin was all smiles promoting his new film, "Novocaine," at the Toronto International Film Festival until a reporter brought up his past relationship with Anne Heche.
Martin's smile disappeared when asked at a news conference about Heche's comments last week in an interview with Barbara Walters about emotional problems she has had.
"The whole thing with me and her happened eight years ago," Martin said Sunday. "It's like a dim, dim memory."
Pressed on Heche's admission that she was hearing voices at that time, Martin said only: "No, I didn't have any experience with that at all, sorry."
Nudity no problem for Gray
LONDON (AP) -- Former "Dallas" TV star Linda Gray says she isn't at all bothered about appearing nude in "The Graduate."
The 60-year-old Gray will step into the role of the manipulative Mrs. Robinson in the hit London stage adaptation of the 1967 film on Oct. 1, taking over from Anne Archer.
"It's the role that's the interesting thing. The nude scene isn't an issue," Gray said Monday. "It's always been a wonderful role for any woman. She's sexy, she's funny, she's irreverent."
Kathleen Turner, Jerry Hall and Amanda Donohoe also have taken turns in the role and its fleeting, dimly lit nude scene.
Gray had a memorable part in promoting the 1967 film, starring Anne Bancroft. Gray's stocking-clad legs appeared in the poster for the movie.
"I started out modeling," she said. "I did bits and pieces, and that was a bit."
Oscar brings high price
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An Oscar won by composer George Stoll for the 1945 score to "Anchors Aweigh" sold for $156,875 -- seven times more than expected -- at a Butterfields auction.
The golden statuette went to an anonymous telephone bidder, Butterfields spokesman Levi Morgan said. There were at least five people vying for the Academy Award on Monday.
The estate of Stoll and his wife, Merian, fetched $802,169, excluding a 30-carat emerald-cut diamond that is to be auctioned separately on Sept. 25. Butterfields expects it to bring as much as $250,000.
Levi said it was "one of the busiest mornings that we ever had" with a standing room-only crowd gathered at the auction house's Los Angeles office. The 650-lot estate brought in twice the auctioneer's expectation.
Stoll, who died in 1984 at 82, worked on more than 80 movies, including "The Wizard of Oz," "Babes in Arms" and "Meet Me in St. Louis."
His wife died earlier this year.
Among the items auctioned Monday were a collection of "Wizard of Oz" musical manuscripts and orchestral arrangements, including the opening score to "Over the Rainbow," which sold for $5,875.
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