Leonardo DiCaprio, 20, may be one of the hottest young actors around, but stardom does have its pitfalls. "Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me," says DiCaprio, whose latest movie, Basketball Diaries, opens April 21 and whose previous films include What's Eating Gilbert Grape end This Boy's Life. "I don't know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I'm some weirdo." Not that this is always a problem. "I went out last night and all the girls ignored me," moans DiCaprio. Well, he did get to kiss Sharon Stone in The Quick and the Dead "It wasn't that great actually," he says. "She sort of grabbed me by the back of my hair and pushed her lips against mine and then threw my head away. It was by no means a real kiss. And there were only two takes. "
KNOWING WHEN TO FADE
Ten years ago, Louis Gossett Jr. heard a homeless 7-year-old boy on Good Morning America say that his biggest wish was for "a place to stay and something to eat." Gossett tracked the boy down and adopted him. Sharron, now 17, lives with Gossett in Malibu. "He's completely turned around and realizes that he's worth something," says Gossett, 58, whose older son, Satie, 20 (from his marriage to Christina Mangosing), is a sophomore at Syracuse University. "Sharron's been accepted to Kent State and has applied to other universities." Gossett, now starring in Showtime's Zooman, has got an education from raising his kids. "I've learned to keep them out of my shadow so they can have their own worth," he says. "It's a tightrope: Be around and give them love but get out of the way."
A STUNNING BLOW-DRY FOR THE PROSECUTION
The verdict is in: Marcia Clark's new hairdo is a winner. After very public trial and error since the O.J. Simpson case began last June, Clark swapped her curly perm a week ago for a softer style and a deep auburn color. "She looks much more pulled together," says tress expert Kenneth Battelle, of Kenneth's in Manhattan. "I hated that frizzy mall hair." Clark's mane man, L.A. stylist Allen Edwards (whose clients have included Farrah Fawcett), has fielded more than 30 interview requests since the $150 makeover. "This is just huge," he says. Spectators applauded when Clark walked into court, prompting her smiling response, "Get a life." Asked his opinion, defense attorney Robert Shapiro, whose balding dome is trimmed by Jose Eber, replied, "I never talk about hair." With that the defense rested.
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY
Acerbic political savant Mary Matalin, now six months pregnant, shows no sign of slowing down or mellowing out. Besides hosting her nightly CNBC show, Equal Time, she'll join a cabal of CNBC's mostly male talk show hosts for the April 17 gabfest Talk Back America. "The person most likely to be the sensitive, squishy type is Phil Donahue, not me," says Matalin, 41, whose husband James Carville is getting a little squishy himself about the baby girl they expect in July. They've already named her Matalin Mary Carville and will call her Matty. "He only talks in baby talk," says Matalin with a sigh. "I put some baby clothes in the dresser, and when he saw them, he got all choked up and teary-eyed. I'm like, 'What is this, a sympathy hormone?' He's is in full-throttle Daddy mode, and I'm as fat as a cow."
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