The Insider

updated 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT


We're hearing from good sources that Clint Eastwood and Al Pacino, both of whom are up for Oscars this Monday (March 29), have been doing a little macho whining about their close companions.

We are told that Pacino is saying that girlfriend Lyndall Hobbs has been kvetching to friends that she gave up her career as a director—she did 1987's Back to the Beach—because Pacino asked her to, but he contends that he never did any such thing. As for Eastwood, he is said to be grumbling about actress Frances (Unforgiven) Fisher's looking at houses in L.A. and telling people that she wants one for herself and Eastwood.

Now, here come the official denials: Pacino and Eastwood's reps both strongly deny the stories. Hobbs says, "Al has always been very encouraging." And Fisher's spokesperson says, "Frances routinely goes to open houses. She's a decorating nut."


Julia Roberts may have had a body double for her steamier scenes in Pretty Woman, but shapely Demi Moore insisted on displaying herself throughout, bedroom close-ups and all, in Indecent Proposal, her new thriller with Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson.

"Demi wouldn't allow doubles," says a source, adding that Moore "was so obsessed with how her body looked that she worked out with a trainer for five hours every day. The results can be seen both in the movie, which opens next Wednesday (April 7), and on its billboard ads, a shot of a woman's midriff down to her underwear. Says the source: "It's all Demi."


Ever wonder what's inside those little shopping bags you see celebrities clutching as they leave some big Hollywood charity event? At the recent tribute dinner for Elizabeth Taylor thrown by the American Film Institute, which will be broadcast on ABC on May 13, each of the more than 1,000 guests received a gift bag containing bottles of Taylor's two perfumes and a container of hairdresser Jose Flier's conditioner. (Eber did Taylor's hair for the event.)

The gifts were given with Taylor's approval. "She thought it would be a nice touch," says an AFI spokesperson. But does it smack of overcommercialization? "If so," says another AFI rep, "why did some people grab extra bags?"


Martina Navratilova is fed up. Not only has the tennis star, who is open about her sexual preferences, had to endure recent inaccurate reports that she was romantically involved with singer k.d. lang, but now she has been hearing stories that she has taken up with a longtime friend, the estranged wife of a top rock promoter.

Hoping to set the record straight regarding her personal life, Navratilova tells us, "Someone is trying to make me look like a very promiscuous person, which I am not.... These stories are not true. I don't appreciate innocent events and imagined situations in my life being blown out of proportion and turned into lies."

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