NEW YORK (AP) _ Actor Steve Martin says he's found the perfect solution for handling fans who expect him to be friendly and funny on a moment's notice. He hands them a business card.

''This certifies that you have had a personal encounter with me and that you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny,'' read the cards, which are signed by Martin.

''I'm not comfortable doing routines when strangers come up to me for autographs,'' Martin says in Sunday's issue of Parade magazine. ''I just can't be what I'm not, and that's outrageously funny.''

Martin has starred in such movies as ''L.A. Story,'' ''The Jerk'' and ''Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.''


NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Kim Basinger had one of her dreams come true, and all it cost her was an interview with Vogue magazine.

Basinger, who says she has wanted to be on the cover of Vogue for years, broke through when she granted an interview for the May issue.

Inside, the star of the just-released movie ''The Marrying Man,'' talks about what she looks for in a man:

''A man who really listens and hears and all of a sudden says, 'I'm going to let this woman take over.' Those kind of men are the most powerful men in the world. There's no macho games.''

Basinger also dismisses the rumor that she can be hard to deal with on a movie set.

''You know what the term difficult means in this town?,'' she said of Hollywood. ''Difficult means I'm a woman and I can't be controlled.''


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. George A. Smathers, who received a law degree from the University of Florida in 1938, has decided to give something back - something like $20 million.

''I wanted to support a part of the University of Florida that will, like my education, also stand the test of time,'' Smathers said in announcing the gift Thursday. The money will support the university's libraries, which will be renamed in his honor.

Smathers, 77, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 and the Senate in 1950, where he served for 19 years.

His fortune came from family real estate holdings and his years in private practice.


NEW YORK (AP) - Mary McFadden's fourth husband has filed for divorce, accusing the designer of being an aging alcoholic who used him to further her career.

Joel David Yohannon is seeking $7,651 in temporary alimony while the case is pending, along with payment of his Columbia University tuition, $995 a month rent for his studio apartment and $50,000 in lawyer fees.

''I have become the victim of a much older, selfish, willful, alcoholic woman,'' Yohannon, 23, said in court papers filed Thursday.

McFadden, 53, said the charges were nonsense and said it was she who had been used.

''He deserted me two months into the marriage,'' she said. She also called Yohannon ''a cheap toy boy'' and said she would seek an annulment.

According to Yohannon's papers, the two met in October 1988 and were married on July 14, 1989.

Yohannon said the fashion design help he gave McFadden resulted in the best reviews she has had in years, but McFadden said he never helped her career.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze will be the featured speaker at next month's commencement ceremonies at Brown University.

Shevardnadze also will lecture on international affairs as part of the dedication of a campus institute for international studies, the Ivy League school said Thursday.

Shevardnadze gained worldwide attention during his years as Soviet foreign minister for his efforts promoting democracy and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's policy of openness.

He resigned last December, saying he feared the Soviet Union was moving back toward dictatorship.