The Insider

updated 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

FRESH PRINCE OF MAUI

It may take him a while, but Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Will Smith makes good on his promises. Two years ago, when Smith, who first made a name for himself rapping as the Fresh Prince, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, he told his TV colleagues that he would take the cast and their families to Hawaii for a vacation if he won. Well, he did win, but the cast didn't find themselves Maui-bound.

They didn't give up, though. A source close to the show tells us that over the months the topic of the would-be island getaway kept resurfacing. Finally, Smith agreed to arrange the oft-mentioned trip. This past Thanksgiving weekend, he took a total of 19 people—lucky cast members Joseph Marcell, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana M. Ali, Karyn Parsons and their families, as well as his own wife and son—for four glorious days in Maui.

FOR NOWHERE MEN—AND WOMEN

"Jeff Bridges, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand request the honor of your absence at the most important social function you'll never attend." So reads the invitation to the 1994 No Show Ball, a nonevent to benefit the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping end hunger in the U.S. and abroad. Bridges, Jones and Streisand are cutting to the chase—instead of asking stars to get dressed up and attend yet another rubber-chicken charity event, they are simply asking patrons to mail in donations.

One of the invitation's biggest selling points: "No rude paparazzi making money with unauthorized photographs of you."

WHO LIKES IKE?

Been sitting around wondering how Ike Turner feels about his ex-wife Tina? Well, now you can find out—for $2 a minute. Turner has his own 900 telephone number (1-900-990-IKE1), and if you're over 18, you can ring him up and ask him all sorts of things. For example, if you want to know whether Ike feels Tina used him to launch her career, press 1 and he'll tell you.

On second thought, we'll save you the $2. Yes, he thinks Tina used him. If you want to know what Tina thinks, you can read her autobiography, I, Tina. That will cost you $5.50 in paperback, but it'll take you longer than a minute to read it.

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