President's youth invokes spite, Streisand says

The Associated Press

NEW YORK Bad hair days were one reason why Barbra Streisand stopped touring. And she thinks hair is at the root of President Clinton's bad press.

Streisand, a devoted Clinton supporter, said in the November issue of Vanity Fair that the media hold the president's youthful appearance against him.

"They're far tougher on this Democrat than they were on Reagan and Bush," she said. Clinton is "constantly portrayed as floundering. Why? I think they're jealous jealous of a president who is very young, very smart, very nice, with a full head of hair!"

Streisand, 52, said her acclaimed return to live concerts this year was actually a farewell tour. Why?

"You have to put makeup on, comb your hair. You have to wear high heels. My feet get cramps!" she said. "I'm a shy person. I don't need to keep doing this."

BEDFORD, N.Y. Mariah Carey and her hubby, Sony Music president Tommy Mottola, are building a mansion with a recording studio, ballroom and two pools.

The 50-acre estate, about 40 miles north of New York City, is expected to be completed by December, Gannett Suburban Newspapers reported Tuesday.

According to plans on file with the town, the 22,000-square-foot home also will have nine bedrooms, seven fireplaces, a conservatory and a pistol range.

The neighborhood is full of celebrities Ralph Lauren, Glenn Close and E.G. Marshall among them.

LOS ANGELES Mabel King, who played Mama Thomas on the TV series "What's Happening," has fallen on hard times.

The 61-year-old actress had a stroke in 1990, and her legs were amputated in recent years. She lives in the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, and 300 friends gathered Sunday for a tribute.

"I think it's wonderful. These are all loving people," King said. "I'm having myself a good time."

Organizers hoped to raise $10,000 for an electric wheelchair so King can get around.

King said she's got bigger plans: "I want to get back to work so bad."

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