Readers of the Lakeville Journal, a 6,500-circulation weekly in northwestern Connecticut, couldn't help but notice a full-page ad that began: "Wanted: Oscar-winning motion picture actress." The ad went on to say that the actress would be given the opportunity to star in a film about a therapist who uses a dolphin to reach an autistic savant.
As it turned out, the ad was meant for only one person, Meryl Streep, who lives on a private lake in the area with her family. Not surprisingly, Streep did not reply to this unconventional approach.
A few weeks later, Armando Acosta, the writer-director who had placed the ad (his only major film credit is a Romeo and Juliet featuring cats as the star-crossed lovers) had a local florist deliver $300 worth of posies to Streep. In the middle of the bouquet was a crystal dolphin from Tiffany's. She refused the delivery. Who knows, skywriting may be next.
CAT WOMAN, IS THAT YOU?
David E. Kelley, creator and executive producer of Picket Fences, kept it a big secret, even from CBS, that wife Michelle Pfeiffer was appearing on the show's Jan. 6 episode. He didn't want CBS leaking or promoting news of her 20-second cameo.
Of course, Pfeiffer had at first kept her role as a mousy spinster a secret from her husband. She contacted Michael Pressman, Picket's co-executive producer, about doing a short scene to surprise Kelley. She shot it without his knowledge, and Kelley found out only a few weeks before broadcast when he popped the final edited version of the episode into his VCR at home. "He was thoroughly stunned," says Pressman.
Will Pfeiffer be popping up again in Rome, Wis., or on Kelley's other show, Chicago Hope? Pressman says he has no idea but jokes that, since Picket star Lauren Holly is also dating a movie star, "maybe next it will be Jim Carrey who shows up."
In reviewing Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds's recent concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden, USA Today reported that the R&B star coaxed a female fan onstage and handed her five $100 bills. "This is for every man who has ever treated you wrong," he told her.
Can Babyface really afford to do this at all his shows? Absolutely, says Tommy Henderson, his assistant. Henderson tells us that in every show, when the singer launches into the song "As Soon As I Get You Home," he hands out $500 to a lucky woman, chosen at random from the audience, while singing the line, "I'll pay your rent."
Since Babyface's current tour (as opening act for Boyz II Men) encompasses 27 shows, he should shell out $13,500 in rent money by the finish.