The Insider

updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

CLARK'S APPEAL

Despite repeated denials, I'm told that the relationship between O.J. Simpson prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden is much more than platonic. According to a well-placed source, when Darden was asked recently about his future plans, he admitted that he's romantically involved with Clark and vowed that he "will marry Marcia" as soon as her divorce and custody battle is resolved. Meanwhile, now that Darden's reported $1.5 million deal is in place with Regan Books, the publishing spotlight turns to his colleague Marcia Clark. I hear that Clark's agents at William Morris at first were looking to make a whopping $15 million, two-book deal for her, but when they found no takers they reduced the package to $6 million for one book. Now, apparently, even that price is too high, and I'm told that the best offers so far fall into the $2- to $3-million range. Stay tuned....

Picture this: Michael Jackson meeting secretly with Howard Stern and asking the notorious shock jock to agree to help rehabilitate the singer's image. Preposterous, you say? Well, according to Stern's new book, Miss America, that meeting took place last year at Dolly Parton's New York City apartment. Jackson offered to appear on Stern's radio show if Stern, in Jackson's presence, would urge listeners to take to the streets in a show of support for Jackson. Stern writes that he instead suggested a Stern-Jackson live TV show that would air opposite the Super Bowl's halftime festivities. Jackson said no to that, and no deal was ever made. Stern has titled the chapter on Jackson, "If you love children so much, where are the girls?" Jackson's manager Sandy Gallin would offer no comment until he reads Stern's book....

Drew Barry more is angling for the role of the girl who plans to marry Julia Roberts's best buddy in My Best Friend's Wedding, which is currently in development at Tri-Star Pictures....

Is Farrah Fawcett, who posed partially naked for the Christmas issue of Playboy, trying to remind fans that she still has a G-rated side? Fawcett and her 10-year-old son, Redmond, have featured voice-overs on the Disney/Hyperion home video The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, scheduled to be released in the fall of 1996. Fawcett does the voice of the kitchen faucet (named Farrah, get it?), and Redmond is the voice of the sink sprayer named Squirt. Fawcett's rep says the actress took the role not to influence her image, but simply because The Brave Little Toaster, the first in the popular children's series by Thomas M. Disch, is one of Redmond's favorite stories....

And finally, seen at the party following the Oct. 23 New York City premiere of Cry, the Beloved Country, which stars James Earl Jones and Richard Harris: Harris's two former wives, actress Ann Turkel and businesswoman Elizabeth Harris, walking around arm-in-arm and talking about their years spent with the 65-year-old, Irish-born actor. "Maybe we should do a book," joked Turkel. "Two ex-wives co-authoring a book about their former husband. Do you think it would sell?"

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