Frank Sinatra once failed to see the funny side when Planet Of The Apes actor Roddy McDowall criticised his hairline, says outspoken American comedienne Joan Rivers.

Rivers, 71, was a close friend of late actor Roddy McDowall, who was in turn a dear pal of the deceased MY WAY crooner.

And Rivers recalls a conversation between the two celebrities about the pressures that come hand in hand with stardom.

She says, "Frank said to Roddy, 'Why won't they leave me alone?' And Roddy replied, 'Take off your toupee and you'll just be a short, bald, old Italian who no one recognises.'

"Frank didn't speak to him for two years."

08/09/2004 13:48