The Insider

updated 05/31/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/31/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A COMMUTER MARRIAGE—FOR THEIR ART
Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze will be summering on separate coasts, but not because there's trouble in their 18-year marriage. Niemi will be in Manhattan, where she takes over horn Maria Maples in Broadway's The Will Rogers Follies beginning this Thursday (May 27). Sources tell us her contract pays $3,000 a week (in the same ballpark as Marla's, we hear) and extends through Sept. 4. Swayze will be at Niemi's opening and plans on commuting between New York City and Los Angeles, where he will be busy promoting Father Hood, his new movie, opening in August.

STORM WARNINGS

As a producer. Quincy Jones is never at a loss for projects. If only his personal life were less chaotic.

Jones is presently developing two hush-hush movies at Warner Bros. that would star Marlon Brando and a third movie for the studio about jazz great Louis Armstrong.

On the personal front, Jones's relationship with his live-in girlfriend, actress Nastassja Kinski. may be in flux. According to one source, since the birth last February of their daughter. Kenya, Jones and Kinski have broken up and reconciled but are still having problems. Jones did not accompany Kinski earlier this month to the Cannes Film Festival, where she went to hype her new movie Faraway, So Close! However, a source close to Jones insists that while the relationship is "turbulent," the two are still together.

GEORGE STEINBRENNER LOOKS FOR A HIT
New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, who invested wisely once 23 years ago in the musical stage hit Applause, starring Lauren Bacall, is about to take the Broadway plunge again—in, of all things, a proposed revival of the 1955 musical smash, Damn Yankees.

VERBAL PERSUASION
Sean Penn's first directorial effort, The Indian Runner, wasn't a hit at the box office, but superagent Michael Ovitz thinks highly enough of Bonn that he recently intervened personally when Benn was considering switching to the William Morris Agency after 12 years of being represented by Ovitz's Creative Artists Agency. Ovitz talked Penn into staying with CAA by asking him to give the agency another six months to put his directing career in high gear.

HOPING FOR A FEAT OF CLAY

Handlers for boorish comedian Andrew Dice Clay are calling his July 10 performance from the Westbury Music Fair theater in Westbury, N.Y.—which will air live on cable TV as a pay-per-view event—a comeback. The implication, of course, is that Dice once attained the kind of career pinnacle one can tumble from. Perhaps we missed that.

As part of his big return, Dice is bringing out a line of workout clothes called, yep, Dicewear.

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