People: Oct. 7, 1985

Mutual traditions of gentility have often provided a bond between Southerners and the British. So no one should gape if the role of a Southern belle seems to fit Lesley-Anne Down better than a custom-made bodice. In the 12-hr. pre- Civil War saga North and South, scheduled to air on ABC in early November, British-born Down, 31, plays the refined daughter of a Louisiana Frenchman who marries a man she does not love. "He turns out to be a fiend," says Down, who draws no parallels to her ongoing real-life divorce from Director William Friedkin. Meanwhile, Down has fallen for the...

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