L.A. Does D.C.

UPDATED 10/18/1993 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/18/1993 at 01:00 AM EDT

CHELSEA DIDN'T SHOW, ALAND TIPPER Gore were noticeably absent, and policy wonks made it their policy to be elsewhere. But when Messrs. Stallone and Willis (and Ms. Moore, fully clothed) went to Washington last week for the opening of their sixth Planet Hollywood restaurant (the others are in Cancun, Chicago, London, Manhattan and Costa Mesa, Calif.), plenty of celeb watchers turned out for the festivities. Thousands of fans crowded into bleachers set up around the Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant Oct. 3 to catch a glimpse of the first-night crowd that included Cindy Crawford, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, and White House senior policy adviser George Stephanopoulos. "I think Hollywood and Washington are a lot closer than anyone would think," said hostess Demi Moore. She joined hubby Bruce—and Roseanne—onstage for a chorus of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." (Co-owner Arnold Schwarzenegger stayed home in L.A. with wife Maria Shriver and their new son, Patrick.)

Stephanopoulos notwithstanding, most of D.C. officialdom stayed home. Surveying the leather-jacketed, granny-booted crowd mingling amid the Washington-themed movie memorabilia (including Jimmy Stewart's Senate desk from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), political consultant Mandy Grunwald guessed the turnout was probably 80 percent Hollywood. "We don't have people this cool in Washington," she said.

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