The Insider

UPDATED 05/01/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/01/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT


I reported last week that the nearly two-year engagement of actress Jeanne Tripplehorn and actor-director Ben Stiller had come undone. Now I know why. Tripple-horn was seeing a new boyfriend, David Barrett, whom she met while working this past year with Kevin Costner in Waterworld. Barrett, a stunt man on the big action movie, comes from wealth. His family owns the popular Mammoth Mountain ski resort near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. I'm told that Tripplehorn suddenly called it off with Barrett a couple weeks ago and is now trying to reconcile with Stiller. Good luck....

Author Arianna Huffington, whose husband, Michael, narrowly lost the California senatorial election in November to incumbent Dianne Feinstein and now has his eye on the governor's seat, is no fan of Ms. magazine co-founder Gloria Steinem. During a Q & A session following her recent speech at the American Society of Magazine Editors in Manhattan, Huffing-ton called Steinem a "bitter woman whose life is in shambles" and added: "Most women have no connection with her beliefs, her values." Steinem, who missed this diatribe, expressed no surprise when told of Huffing-ton's comments. "If she said something good about me," said Steinem, "I would think I was doing something wrong."...

Call it the trickle-down effect of Marcia Clark's new hairstyle. The five Clark lookalikes at Ron Smith's Celebrity Look-Alikes in Los Angeles, who have been sent out to conventions and TV shows such as Leeza and American Journal, have been forced to get new haircuts too....

And speaking of the real Marcia Clark, venerable Hollywood producer Ray Stark hosted a dinner in her honor recently at his Beverly Hills home. Stark sat Clark next to Sally Field's ex-husband, producer Alan Greisman. Make of that what you will....

And for those who still think magician David Copper-field's yearlong engagement to supermodel Claudia Schiffer is just a publicity stunt for both, check this out: The two were sighted recently at Trattoria Dell' Arte, a Manhattan restaurant, where Schiffer could barely stop nuzzling Copper-field's neck....

Carly Simon is the godmother of Mia Farrow's 17-year-old son Moses. On the Lifetime cable special, Intimate Portrait: Carly Simon, airing May 21, Farrow says she may also ask Simon to be godmother to newest child, daughter Keili-Shea, 1. Farrow says, "I can't think of anyone better than Carly." Of course, after a dozen kids a case can be made that Farrow may be running out of potential candidates....

I hear Ralph Reed, executive director of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, will get $350,000 to write a book for the Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, explaining the coalition's conservative agenda....

And, finally, Project 777 is the code name for an $80 million Jurassic Park attraction that Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open next summer. Why the code name? Because, in the words of a source, it's "Universal's way of protecting itself " from the expected negative reaction from local residents in Universal City. Like Rick Dees, the L.A. disc jockey, who lives close to the prospective Jurassic site. "What I'm hearing is, 'Quick, Rick, sell your house,' " says Dees, adding plaintively, "I would rather not have to look out my window at a big green dinosaur." Sorry, Rick, it's a done deal.

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