The Insider

updated 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST


In a town where image is everything, even an Oscar winner as powerful as Cher can't afford to be pegged as just a shill. So we weren't surprised to learn that after two years as spokeswoman for the sugar substitute Equal, the actress, whose last film was the 1990 box-office disappointment Mermaids, decided not to renew her Equal contract.

According to a source, Cher is giving up her sweet, seven-figure deal on the advice of her reps at Creative Artists Agency. Evidently they told her that she needs to reestablish herself as a legitimate actress if she is going to maintain her career.

As for her sugar-substitute substitutes, we hear they will be Lauren Hutton and Raquel Welch.

Wynonna judd has severed ties with her manager of 12 years, Ken Stilts, and may have a new one—mom Naomi. A source close to the family tells us that Naomi "has taken over all facets of Wynonna's career." An interim publicist for the Judds denies this, but would not say whether a new manager had been found or why Stilts and the Judds have parted ways. Naomi stopped performing with her daughter in 1991 because of chronic hepatitis, now in remission. The duo recently reunited onstage when they sang at the Super Bowl.

The most talked-about subject in Hollywood may still be the Jan. 17 earthquake and its aftershocks, but the first 150 pages of Carrie Fisher's new novel, Delusions of Grandma, due out this spring from Simon & Schuster, is the next hottest topic. We understand that faxes and copy machines are working overtime as the showbiz crowd tries to spot themselves in this latest roman à clef from the author of Postcards from the Edge and Surrender the Pink. The story centers on Cora, a Hollywood writer who has a child out of wedlock with an agency lawyer from whom she is separated. In real life, Fisher gave birth to daughter Billie, now 18 months old, and then split with Billie's dad, Hollywood agent Bryan Lourd.

Terry Bradshaw's recent decision to follow the NFL from CBS to Fox almost cost him an outlet for his sitcom about a spokesperson for a failing savings-and-loan. According to a source, CBS said it would drop development of the proposed series if Bradshaw changed networks. Undaunted, the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarter-back not only made the move, he refused to let his sitcom get sacked. He and his new bosses at Fox are now discussing a deal.

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