Smiles (And Yuks) Of a Summer Night

SOAPDISH

We sometimes forget that besides providing merriment for us yokels, show business performs an even more valuable social function. It provides livelihoods and a home for thousands of certifiable lunatics. The savings to our overburdened health-care system are simply incalculable.

Case in point: the cast and staff of The Sun Also Sets, a soap opera of transcendent tackiness. Its reigning diva is Celeste Talbert (Sally Field), so insecure that she must periodically journey to New Jersey shopping malls so she can be fawned over by her fans.

Supporting player Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty) is scheming to supplant Celeste, and has...

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