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Issue #31 July 2024

Famous In Hollywood Magazine Cover- July 2024


Every month, you'll read stories that I've written from my interviews with Hollywood celebrities of the past and present. Each star has expressed to me in conversation, their thoughts and wisdom, that I've put together in a wonderful story to share with you, as I have always done throughout my entire career.

I hope you enjoy all these intriguing stories. 
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Harrison Ford


His He Keeps His Physique  

Written By Jay Christian


Harrison Ford has maintained a high profile as an actor. The star has been in over two dozen blockbuster movies and carries the highest reputation in Hollywood, with over $8 billion in box office sales worldwide. 


        Although he is conscientious about his health, Harrison’s diet and exercise routine is not as structured as one would imagine. In fact, he seems to be more concerned about quality than quantity. He spoke to me briefly about his diet and exercise routine.


“With diet, I’m not into counting calories I’m into avoiding them. For breakfast, I drink a lot of coffee. I like it black. Lunch is usually a great sandwich and dinner is a nice meal with some great wine. I’ll eat fruit for snacks and I drink lots and lots of water throughout the day," Harrison said.         


“I like to cook, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen these days because of my acting schedule. I like clean and simple cooking- herb flavors. I like foreign foods as well. I’m also into meals- in-minutes. If we can’t make it in about 15 minutes, then we’ve got the wrong menu." He added, "I like foods like a piece of broiled fish or meat or chicken. I’ll have a little pasta or salad and some fresh vegetables.”         


When asked what is Harrison’s favorite food, he answered, “I guess if I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be ripe peaches. I love’em!” he laughed.         


Harrison is a firm believer in keeping fit for good physical and mental health. He admits that, “I don’t take any vitamins and I sleep five hours a night, at the most."         


“For exercise, I walk when I can, but mostly I play tennis intensively for one hour, five days a week, with a professional tennis player. I like the physical challenge. I also do four different kinds of sit-ups, two-hundred of each,” he said proudly. *​

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La Toya Jackson

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How She Keeps In Shape 

Written by Jay Christian


La Toya Jackson keeps herself in sensational shape, by following a simple daily routine that combines a low-fat diet with walking and a few basic exercises.         


“Diet and exercise have given me incredible confidence,” said La Toya, with pride. The 5 foot 4 inch, 98 pound singer/actress credits the combination, with keeping her healthy, giving her plenty of stamina and helping her beat stress.         


La Toya says, “I have to keep a close watch on my food intake or I’ll gain weight very rapidly.”        


 She credits her high energy level to having a dominant diet of fruit and vegetables, that gives her the energy to cope with hectic 14-hour days of modeling, recording, traveling and concert performances.        


 “I’m very conscious of my body and I feel that you are what you eat. I’ve had this attitude for many years and my diet has proven to be the best thing for me, keeping me very healthy and energetic. I eat lots of vegetables and the only meat I’ll eat is chicken. I’m choosy. I think if you’re aware of what you eat, then you won’t gain weight,” she said.


“People think fruits and vegetables are starvation foods, but in fact, the opposite is true. They are naturally delicious, have no fat, oil or salt and are very low in calories. They also give women the extra moisture they need for better digestion and healthy skin and hair,” La Toya said.         


Another of La Toya’s weight-control secrets is to fast on Sundays. “I drink only liquids. It keeps my weight down and cleanses my system. Toxins and chemicals build up in our bodies, so when I fast and flush the poisons out, I feel better and stay healthier. On Sundays, I’ll drink four 8 oz. glasses of fresh grapefruit juice and six glasses of mineral water with lemon juice. Surprisingly, when you drink that much liquid, you really don’t get hungry."         


“The right amount of liquids is very important in a diet,” she adds. “Mondays through Saturdays, I drink five glasses of mineral water, one 8 oz. glass of apple juice and one 8 oz. glass of grapefruit juice. I start each morning with a light breakfast- a banana, orange or bran muffin with a large glass of water,” said La Toya.         


“For lunch, I’ll have broiled chicken breast with lots of steamed vegetables. My favorites are: spinach, broccoli and cabbage. But sometimes, instead of the steamed vegetables, I’ll just eat an apple, orange or a green lettuce salad with a fresh tomato. And during the afternoon, I won’t have any snacks."         


“If I have fruit or a salad for lunch, then I’ll have the chicken and steamed vegetables for dinner. If I have my main meal for lunch, then it’s fruit or salad for dinner."         


“When I’m low on energy, a plate of plain pasta, with cut-up pieces of chicken and fresh tomatoes mixed in, will give me a long-lasting energy boost with very few calories."         


“Although I eat light meals, I don’t feel deprived because I think the body adjusts itself to smaller amounts of food. Many people eat too much and their bodies don’t need the overload.”         


La Toya doesn’t touch coffee, tea, alcohol, bread or dairy products or any animal fat because she believes that they’re bad for her. “These foods clog the system,” she says. “You should eat foods that cleanse your body and purify it.”         


The only snack that La Toya permits herself is low-calorie popcorn because it’s low in calories and filled with fiber.         


She says her favorite dessert is apple pie. “I really have to stay away from that or I’ll definitely gain weight,” she said with a sigh.               


La Toya says, “Keeping fit and healthy is more than diet. Exercise is equally important.”        


 She never misses doing exercises daily. “I wake up at 5 a.m. after seven hours of sleep and do 25 sit-ups. This boosts my energy level. Another exercise I do is leg side lifts. They’re good for your inner and outer thighs. You lie on your side with your legs straight, lift your top leg about 2 feet, hold it there a few seconds, then lower it. I do 20 of them on each side."        


 “If I’m on the road, I walk a lot during the day. If I’m on tour, I spend a lot of time in airports, but I never take the riding trams. I walk instead. I walk about five miles a day, seven days a week. It’s one of the best exercises you can get. It’s good for almost every part of your body," La Toya said.        


 She visits the gym three times a week. “I’m there for two hours. I use the treadmill for one hour, walking fast. Then I ride the stationary cycle for one hour. I pedal at a good speed, which tones the legs and strengthens the heart and lungs. While I’m on the treadmill and cycle, I watch television so I don’t get bored. Before you know it, I’ve gotten a great workout.”                  


La Toya says exercise benefits the mind as well as the body. “I feel good about myself after I’ve worked out. It gives me a very positive outlook on life. My diet and fitness program keeps me healthy.”


​La Toya’s diet-Breakfast: One banana or orange or 1 cup of bran cereal with 1 glass spring water.

Mid-morning: Four very large strawberries.

Lunch: Broiled chicken breast with seasoned steamed vegetables and a small salad with a little dressing and vinegar. 

Mid-afternoon snack: Apple, banana or strawberries.

Dinner: Sliced chicken cooked in Indian spices, steamed vegetables with rice, medium salad.

Dessert: Apple pie or desserts made with honey.

Liquids: Eight 8 oz. glasses of bottled spring water, one 8 oz. glass vegetable juice, two 8 oz. glasses of grape juice. During Sunday’s fast: Four 8 oz. glasses of grapefruit juice and 6 glasses mineral water with lemon juice.

Avoid: Dairy products, breads or starches, tea or coffee. *

Lisa Hartman Black


Her No-Fat Diet 

Written by Jay Christian


Former “Knots Landing” actress Lisa Hartman Black, looks and feels terrific, thanks to a low-fat diet and exercise regimen she developed herself. Lisa feels that you don’t need strict diets or costly home gym equipment to keep in shape.         


“You have to eat to lose weight! You just have to eat foods that are low in fat. The biggest discovery I’ve made is that you shouldn’t diet at all! I’m strongly opposed to it,” she said.         


“If you eat a well-balanced meal with little or no fats, you’re on the road to better health. And you’ll also keep your weight down,” says the 5 ft. 4 in., 107 lb. star.         


“The only way to keep weight off is to cut the fat out of your diet. We’ve all been raised on meat and potatoes and counted calories, but the secret is to cut out the fats. There are so many delicious things to eat, you just have to become a little more creative with dishes and experiment with different spices for taste," Lisa said.         


“Always remember, fat is the culprit in gaining weight and raising your cholesterol level. People should start reading the backs of food packages, to learn about and keep track of their daily fat intake,” she advises.         


“I’m very much into health and fitness because it makes me look and feel better."         


“We’re all guilty of putting on extra weight, then dieting and going to extremes when trying to lose weight. If you’re on a yo-yo diet or a low-calorie diet, you don’t keep the weight off and that’s a proven fact. The only way is to cut the fat out of your diet and start looking at the food that’s in front of you. I’ve been doing that for years."         


Lisa feels that a no-fat, high carbohydrate diet is the key to having enough energy. “I follow a no-fat, high carbohydrate diet. For breakfast, I usually have some fruit or a fat-free muffin or a bowl of oatmeal or Wheatena® with no sugar or milk, just a little water in it. It’s very important to eat a carbohydrate in the morning, so you’ll have energy. With breakfast, I’ll drink a hot cup of herbal tea or a 5 oz. glass of orange or grapefruit juice with a couple glasses of water."         


“For mid-morning, I’ll eat fruit- one piece or more. Peaches, apples, grapes or bananas."        


 “I’ll have a great piece of fish for lunch- either broiled, baked, poached or steamed, never fried because that’s fat. I also eat steamed vegetables: carrots, peas or broccoli or I’ll have a salad."         


Aside from tea, Lisa believes in drinking as much water as possible throughout the day. “I drink iced herbal tea: peppermint, apple-spice or orange and lots of water. It’s hard for me to get enough, so I drink ten 5 oz. glasses a day."        


 “In mid-afternoon, when I get hungry, I’ll eat a rice cake or I’ll bring along a bag of bit-size shredded wheat to munch on. Sometimes, I’ll put corn tortillas in my toaster, then break them and eat them like potato chips. There’s no salt or fat in them and they’re a great snack!"        


 “For dinner, I’ll have a piece of chicken or fish, broiled, baked or grilled. I’ll also have a baked potato and steamed mixed vegetables or a salad. The whole idea of a good diet is not to feel deprived, but to see what agrees with you."         


She continued, “Being creative with food doesn’t take much time or effort. Instead of using oil or high-fat salad dressings, I’ll squeeze a few lemon wedges into a spoonful of Dijon mustard. Sometimes, I’ll add a little non-fat plain yogurt.”         


Lisa never eats red meat and avoids peanut butter and nuts, that are very high in fat. She believes her diet also improves her stamina and temperament.         


“I have a better attitude about myself. I have more energy and I get more done. People always say they have to eat right to look good. The fact is that you should eat right to feel good. The bonus is that eventually you’ll see your legs get thinner and you’ll start to see the difference everywhere.”         


The actress doesn’t drink alcohol gets six to eight hours of sleep a night and attends a one-hour aerobics class almost daily.         


She also does four exercises every day to keep her sexy figure. Here’s how to do them, according to Lisa:​


To tone front of legs: With your back against a wall, sit as if you’re in an imaginary chair. Then raise your heels so you’re on your toes and hold that position for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat as many times as you can, working up to a higher number every two days.


Inner thigh leg lifts: Lie on your left side with legs straight and prop yourself up on your left arm. Cross your right leg over the left and bend your knee, so that your right foot is on the floor with the toes pointed straight. Now slowly lift your left leg 12 to 18 inches off the floor. Do 15 lifts, then turn over to your right side and repeat with your right leg. Do an additional five repetitions every day until you work up to 50.


Buttock work: Lie on your stomach with legs together. Place your hands or a folded towel under your hips. Flex your foot, keeping your toes straight and tighten your buttock muscles. While holding that position, bend your left knee and lift that leg upward. Do 20 times, then repeat with right leg. Build up to 50 repetitions per leg at your own pace.


Outer thigh leg lifts: Lie on your left side with your knees slightly bent and together. Tighten your buttock muscles and lift your right leg up, with knee still slightly bent, 12 to 18 inches. Repeat 15 times, then lie on your right side and repeat this exercise.*​

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Cassandra Perterson (Elvira)


Her Diet & Exercise Secrets 

Written by Jay Christian


Light-hearted Cassandra Peterson, took time out to talk to me about her fitness routine. Known for her curvaceous lean figure in her black, slinky dress, as she played her macabre comical character, 'Elvira,' Cassandra made some diet changes and today feels absolutely great!


A smart business woman right from the start of her career, she took a pay cut for years to obtain the rights to the Elvira name and products.


Here is her story.


Elvira, everyone’s favorite Mistress of the Dark, says it’s diet and exercise that keep her slim enough to fit into the slinky black gown, that has become her trademark, as the horror hostess of TV’s syndicated “Movie Macabre.”


Sultry Cassandra Peterson, the actress who plays Elvira, likes to think of her character as “a cross between Vincent Price and Mae West.”


But in real life, she confesses that she had a weight problem in her younger years.


“I was a real chubette,” confides 5 ft. 7 in. Cassandra, who now weighs only 117 lbs. Her waist size, 21 in. normally, is squeezed down to 19 in. by the corset underneath her black costume.         


“I was always on the borderline of being too fat,” she recalls. “I was a professional dancer and I was always being threatened with losing weight or losing my job.”         


She was also suffering from severe stomach problems, which doctors blamed on an ulcer. “They told me to drink lots of milk, but it was making me sicker,” she explained.         


Finally, Cassandra went to a nutritionist, who found out that she was allergic to milk.         


With that problem solved, Cassandra set up her own diet. It involves eating only two meals a day and excludes sugar and sweets entirely.         


“Today, I can eat everything, only no sugar and definitely no snacks,” she said.         


She keeps her figure curvaceous with a one-and-a-half-hour aerobics class, three times a week.


         “One of my secrets is that I go to class in the morning. That way, I’m not too tired in the late afternoon to talk myself out of it,” Cassandra reveals.        


 “Aerobics helps me a lot. I can be in a terrible mood, but after aerobics, I feel like a new woman. It gives me energy for the entire day.”


Cassandra’s diet:

Cassandra eats her combination breakfast and lunch between 10:30 a.m. and noon. She also takes a multivitamin supplement.

Brunch: Two poached eggs, two slices of whole-wheat toast and an apple, banana or orange.

Dinner: A very large serving of broiled chicken or fish, with a large portion of steamed vegetables or homemade pasta with sauce and a salad of lettuce, tomatoes and celery, dressed with olive oil.

Liquids: One cup of coffee, two cups of herbal tea, two glasses of fresh orange juice and three glasses of bottled drinking water.


Cassandra’s exercise program:

Warm-up and stretching- 15 minutes.

Running, jumping, arm exercises- 20 minutes.

Floor exercises for legs, stomach, thighs and buttocks- 40 minutes.

Cool down and stretching- 15 minutes. *         

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2 cans white shoepeg corn, drained

1 large green pepper, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1 large tomato or 2 small, diced

½ cup Hellman's mayonnaise




Dice the pepper, onion and tomato (drain tomato, if juicy) and set aside. Drain shoepeg corn and place in mixing bowl. Add diced peppers, onion and tomato. Add ½  cup Hellman's mayonnaise or mayo of your choice. Mix and toss gently. Let set for a couple of hours. This salad is even better the next day. 


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Barbara Mandrell





½ cup sifted confectioners' sugar

1 quart fresh strawberries

1 cup water

1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

½ to ¾ cup granulated sugar

1 baked pie shell

Whipped cream




Add confectioners' sugar to 3 cups of whole fresh berries. Let stand for one hour. Crush the remaining cup of berries and cook with water in small saucepan for about 2 minutes. Drain through sieve or strainer. Mix cornstarch and granulated sugar and stir into berries. Cook gently until clear, stirring constantly. Fill pie shell with berries and pour the sauce over them. Cool. Top with whipped cream.


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