The Press: REX REED: THE HAZEL-EYED HATCHET MAN

I ADORE him," declares Melina Mercouri. "He knows how to cry." Says Angela Lansbury: "He has antennae most people haven't even heard of." Others are more to the point. "If I had an affair with Jack the Ripper," sighs Valley of the Dolls Novelist Jacqueline Susann, "the offspring would be Rex Reed."

Rex Reed? Yes indeed. The young man who wrote all those scandalous things in Esquire, the New York Times and elsewhere about Ava Gardner, Barbra Streisand, Warren Beatty, Sandy Dennis and Lester Maddox is the Now Kid, the jet set's latest instant...