FADE IN: Headshot of an attractive blonde in her mid-to-late 20s. Her face has a certain familiar look of determination, perhaps emphasized by a squarish cast of jawline. She looks directly back at the camera, not smiling, not frowning.
And this is Chrystie, the former Miss Chrystie Crownover. She married Bruce Jenner on Dec. 16, 1972 and gave birth to two children, Burt, on Sept. 6, 1978, and Casey, on June 10, 1980. She is soon to become the former Mrs. Bruce Jenner. Their story is more or less typically American, with no special surprises. They were college sweethearts at Grace-land College in Iowa. Chrystie helped put Bruce through school; indeed, with Chrystie's stern guidance, Jenner made the dean's list on two occasions. In a post-Olympic book written with Jenner, author Phillip Finch recalls that it was a household joke—now deemed apocryphal, of course—that "If they should ever divorce, there may be a nasty argument over who gets custody of Bruce's diploma." Well, they are, in fact, getting divorced. But, as happens when big money and big success are involved, custody of the diploma may be the least of their problems. It's important to note here—if only for its uniqueness in Tinsel Town—that there is no scandal involved in this divorce; there have been no well-publicized outcries or carryings-on in the Hollywood press. This is that rarity, the quiet, civilized dissolution of a marriage. Chrystie might be bitter; we don't know. If so, she doesn't speak of it, again a unique stance in this let-me-tell-you-all-my-troubles world. What Chrystie does speak about is....
Bruce's future. I tend to vacillate, I guess, on what course would be the best for him. I think that he has a super future as a sports newscaster or color man; he's becoming more and more relaxed at it. At the same time, the movies offer an exciting challenge. I must say that in Can't Stop the Music, while he played a naive, unaffected part, he's such a dazzling-looking man that he carried it off well. I was disappointed in that movie—but not in Bruce's contribution to it.
Then you think that....
I think that there is a definite future for Bruce in the movies. Only one thing: If I were still involved (she pauses, almost imperceptibly)—which I'm not—I'd advise him to stay away from playing a sports role. Better for his career, I think, if he were to play something else. FADE OUT.
Fade in on the Malibu living room again. Jenner looks up as the camera enters. He is still sprawled on the couch, with one leg propped on the coffee table, wiggling his bare toes. Between scenes he has added a bag of Famous Amos chocolate-chip cookies to the litter on the table. He indicates the bag with a help-yourself grin of welcome.
Do you think that one day you'll get married again and perhaps settle down?
Well, yeah. That's more my life-style. I don't really like running around; it's very boring. I believe in serious relationships and sharing my life with somebody. (He falls silent and stares out the window at the ocean.)
Jenner has recently begun dating Linda Thompson. Linda is a stunning girl, the 1972 Miss Tennessee. She's also the immediate past No. 1 girl friend of the late Elvis Presley, which the gossip columnists still make much of, although Elvis has been dead and gone for three years. NBC even obtained Linda's permission to do a show with an I-was-Elvis'-girl-friend theme. But be that as it may, Bruce and Linda have established a warm relationship.