The Insider

updated 10/04/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/04/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Imagine telling a star like Michelle Pfeiffer to wait in the car! But that's what happened after the Emmy Award ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sept. 19 where Pfeiffer's fiancé, David Kelley, picked up an Outstanding Drama Series Award for Picket Fences, the CBS show he executive produces. As Kelley was busy giving interviews, Pfeiffer, who had accompanied him to the press area, inadvertently drew a crowd of her own. Soon, The Age of Innocence star had retreated into a corner and stood biting her nails and looking generally uncomfortable. Finally, a publicist suggested that Pfeiffer go to the couple's limousine—under the protection of a security guard—and wait there until Kelley was finished giving interviews. Nearly 45 minutes later, Kelley emerged. Rather than heading to the postceremony celebration held at the Civic Auditorium, however, the couple took off for a private party at Spago.

David Letterman didn't let the CBS brass in to see the premiere of his new late-night talk show, and we hear he has no intention of ever letting industry VIPs wangle tickets away from regular folks. Such democratic values are unusual on the talk show circuit, where a handful of choice seats are always held in reserve for a handful of choice people. As we understand it from sources connected to the show, the only way for anyone to see Letterman perform in person is to write for tickets or line up at the Ed Sullivan Theater for standby passes available to a few lucky fans on the day of each show.


Critics aren't the only ones disappointed in Chevy Chase's new late-night talk show on Fox. Boston comedian Mike Bent didn't like a bit he saw on Chase's premiere show when Chase used his hand as a puppet in the tradition of Ed Sullivan Show ventriloquist Senor Wences. Chase had his "hand puppet" projectile vomit—a gag Bent claims he has been performing since 1987. Interestingly, a rerun of Bent's act aired on the Arts & Entertainment cable channel on Sept. 6, the day before Chase's debut.

Bent says that he's "not accusing Chevy of stealing. I just want a little acknowledgment that I did it first." Chase's publicist, Pat Kingsley, dismisses Bent's proprietary claim, adding that she's seen similar routines "for the past 25 years."

Amy Irving celebrated her 40th birthday recently at the L.A. bistro Cafe Morpheus. Seventy friends and family attended, including her live-in love, Brazilian director Bruno Barreto, with whom she has a 3-year-old son, Gabriel. But guess who else showed? Her ex-husband, Steven Spielberg, who paid Irving a reported $100 million as a divorce settlement in 1989. He was not a surprise guest, however. Spielberg and Irving share custody of their 8-year-old son, Max, and the actress says that she and the director remain "very close friends."

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