The Insider

updated 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/20/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

AND NOW, HERE'S JOHNNIE

Look for O.J. Simpson's lead attorney, Johnnie Cochran, to become an omnipresent figure on the lecture circuit. Bob Walker of the Boston-based American Program Bureau confirms that his company is representing Cochran for speaking engagements and says there is a high demand to hear the celebrated lawyer, though no firm dates have been set. When I told Walker that I had heard he'd been offering up Cochran at $50,000 per lecture (the same as Gen. Colin Powell and former President George Bush), he said my figure was "exaggerated" but wouldn't specify Cochran's price. Meanwhile, Cochran is shopping for a literary agent in hopes of landing a deal to write a book....

Julia Roberts recently sent John F. Kennedy Jr. the board game Politics for Your Table after learning that his new bimonthly magazine, George, was doing a feature on politically oriented gifts for its December issue. I hear Kennedy accepted the gift graciously and included it in the issue....

Just what everyone needs: more guilt! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Martina Navratilova has become the latest spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. A vegetarian for the past two years, the former tennis star befriends a turkey in a PETA advertisement due out later this month. PETA says subsequent ads in the antimeat campaign will feature Beverly Hills, 90210's Jennie Garth with a chicken, and actress-model Tatiana Patitz with a cow....

A winner on the diamond, David Justice, right fielder for the world-champion Atlanta Braves, may be losing in love. Although there have been whispers before, I'm now hearing from a well-placed source that Justice's almost three-year marriage to actress Halle Berry (Losing Isaiah) has hit the skids. Berry's representative maintains that the two are getting along just fine....

Interior decorating notes from all over: In a private room at the Santa Monica offices of Michael Jackson's favorite plastic surgeon, Dr. Steve Hoefflin, hang the photos of such noted Hoefflin clients as Sylvester Stallone and Janet Jackson. Also there is the May 1995 cover of Playboy featuring Nancy Sinatra and her signed inscription to Hoefflin: "I could not have done this without you." Sinatra tells me that she is more than satisfied with the "brilliant" work Hoefflin did on her breasts....

Singer Gloria Estefan wants to write an autobiography—she has certainly had an eventful life—and has set her asking price at $2 million. A publishing-industry source says that it's unlikely Estefan will find a taker unless she significantly lowers her financial expectations....

Singer Céline Dion has severed her working relationship with legendary record producer Phil Spector after he had her work until 4 a.m., recording take after take of a single song. A source at Sony Music says that if Spector finishes the few tracks he did with Dion before she walked, they may turn up on her next album. Spector says it's news to him that their working relationship is over, adding that he has the "highest regard for her." Dion is back in the studio and working with other producers....

And finally, talk about playing the race card: two greyhounds named Mezzaluna and Marcia Clark ran in separate races on a recent night at the new Shoreline Star dog track in Bridgeport, Conn. Mezzaluna finished second in one race, paying $3.60 to place and $4 to show, while Clark came in third in a later race and paid a heftier $7.60 to show.

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