The Insider

updated 08/23/1993 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/1993 01:00AM

JENNIFER O'NEILL: OVER AND OUT

Chalk up another failed marriage for actress Jennifer O'Neill. Married for a seventh time last December—this go-round to aspiring actor Neil Bonin—O'Neill recently had the marriage annulled. O'Neill, 44, who met Bonin, 34, last fall in a New York City restaurant, said after her no-frills wedding at the home of a friend in Austin, Tex., that she and Bonin had not slept together prior to their marriage.

A friend of O'Neill's tells us that the actress obtained the annulment "because she felt stifled."

Another source, when asked whether O'Neill was already dating someone else, says, "Jennifer doesn't date. She marries."

MEL GIBSON: SOMETHING ON THE SIDES

And now a few words about Mel Gibson's fresh follicles. Gibson, who plays a disfigured recluse in the soon-to-be-released The Man Without a Face (which he also directed), showed up with fledgling sideburns at Face's premiere in L.A. two weeks ago.

The 'burns are for his period role as gambler Bret Maverick in Maverick, which began shooting Monday (Aug. 16). Gibson's assessment of the facial fuzz? "It's itchy," he said.

MONICA SELES STILL OUT OF THE SWING

Monica Seles, who has yet to hit her first tennis ball since being stabbed in the back in April by a crazed fan of rival Steffi Graf's, has been on the receiving end of nearly a dozen threatening letters and phone calls since the attack from people who say they intend to "finish her off."

Seles, coincidentally, had already sought the services of Hollywood security expert Gavin de Becker, who has since had a number of his celebrity clients, including his ex-girlfriend Geena Davis, call Seles with words of encouragement and reassurance.

Seles had hoped to return to competitive tennis in time to play in the U.S. Open at the end of this month, but now her comeback has been put off indefinitely. Of course, that hasn't stopped less than reputable news organizations from offering paparazzi, according to a source, between $20,000 and $30,000 for photos of the 19-year-old "on a tennis court, grimacing in pain as she hits the ball."

GABOR AT THE DOOR

We know New Jersey is the Garden State, but what was Zsa Zsa Gabor, an evergreen if there ever was one, doing traipsing through the N.J. town of Hasbrouck Heights recently, all dolled up in a Valentino gown and impressive amounts of pricey jewelry?

And she wasn't alone. That was David Letterman with her, with a camera crew taping the pair as they knocked on people's doors for a segment on Letterman's new late-night CBS show, which starts Aug. 30.

Letterman wanted to know if the good folks of Hasbrouck Heights had any questions they wanted to ask Zsa Zsa. Sources on the scene tell us that people responded with all the predictable Zsa Zsa questions ("How many husbands have you had?" "Did you really slap that Beverly Hills policeman?"), but one woman looked at Letterman and said, "I know who she is, but who are you?" To which Letterman responded, "Regis Philbin."

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