The Insider

updated 04/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Roseanne Arnold's estranged younger sister, Geraldine Barr, 34, is shopping a 40-page book proposal among editors at six publishing houses. "We already have two offers on the table," says Geraldine's book agent, Frank Weimann, who also confirmed that other members of Roseanne's family were cooperating with Geraldine on the memoir.

Her book is expected to indulge in some Roseanne-bashing, especially in light of Geraldine's pending multimillion dollar breach-of-contract lawsuit against Roseanne. Geraldine says she is owed a portion of Roseanne's income because she helped her sister create her "domestic goddess" stand-up comic persona.

Suddenly the question Who's in the cast? has a whole new meaning in Hollywood. Michael Jackson twisted an ankle while rehearsing for his appearance on the Soul Train Music Awards; Demi Moore broke a toe and limped at the People's Choice Awards; Jennifer Jason Leigh has been walking around with a cast on her fool after pulling a ligament; and Tom Selleck broke his right hand playing in a charity baseball game in Florida. Doesn't anyone get hurt skiing anymore?

Although it is perfectly acceptable in Hollywood to go home with the centerpieces at the end of a party, Jack Nicholson broke the rules when he made an early exit from superagent Irving Swifty Lazar's annual Oscar party at Spago last Monday with not one but two of the table decorations—glittery Styrofoam replicas of the slate boards used to mark the beginning of a shot in a movie. Challenged by a Spago staffer, Nicholson said, "I'm taking them to my place."

Who says being a movie star is all glamor and glitz? When the Independent Spirit Awards, given to the makers and stars of nonstudio films, were held last month under a big lent at the beach in Santa Monica, fans with a clear view of the portable toilets adjacent to the tent applauded enthusiastically when such stars as Brad Pitt and Jeff Goldblum emerged after answering nature's call.

Hollywood heavyweights invited to the White House March 27 still bristle at what they regarded as the abrasiveness of Bill Clinton's consultant James Carville, who sought their ideas for promoting health-care reform. "Some saw what I was trying to do. which was provoke responses," says Carville. "I'm not somebody that goes in and says, 'Let's all hold hands in an encounter session.' They probably do a lot of touchy-feel stuff. I'm sure that works in their culture. Ours is 'What can we do today.' " Celluloid culture might just reply: Delete us from your Rolodex.

Woody Harrelson, costar of Cheers and the new movie Indecent Proposal, was seen at a recent L.A. party wearing what appeared to be one of those trendy new baseball caps with an embroidered marijuana leaf. Was Harrelson making a political statement? Or is he a fashion slaw? When we called his reps to ask, they said they'd check with him and call back. We're still waiting.

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