The Insider

updated 07/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CALLING ALL PLANES

Barbra Streisand is the talk of Beaufort, S.C. (pop. 8,600). Streisand, 48, is there for two months to produce, direct and star in the movie version of Pat Conroy's novel The Prince of Tides, Barbra's first such triple-threat effort since 1983's Yentl.

The Barbra rumor that has the local citizenry buzzing is one about how she personally called the local Marine Corps air station to say she was bothered by the noise of all the planes flying in and out. Supposedly, Barbra then asked the air base about the possibility of grounding all flights while the Tides company was in town.

Capt. Mark Hough, the public affairs officer for the Marine base in Beaufort, says the rumor simply isn't true. "The rumor is widespread, but no complaint was registered," he says, adding that a call was indeed placed by someone connected with the Tides production company, but it was simply to find out if the air-traffic pattern above Streisand's temporary residence was routine.

While Streisand's representative maintains no such call was made, Captain Hough says that if the Tides company finds it necessary to ask for a revise in the air base's flight schedules (currently up to 45 takeoffs and landings per day) because a plane or its noise is messing up a shot, "We would certainly be willing to work with them."

SELLING GRETA GARBO

In life Greta Garbo wanted to be left alone, and for the most part she was. In death, however, it appears she'll have no such luck.

According to sources, the keeper of Garbo's multimillion-dollar estate, her niece, Gray Reisfield, may be ready to make a deal with a licensing agency for the rights to market various Garbo items to the public.

The outfit in question is the Roger Richman Agency in Beverly Hills, which performs similar functions for the likes of W.C. Fields, Gary Cooper and the Marx Brothers. The Richman agency licenses the images and names of these dead celebs for use on dolls, plates, ceramic figurines, etc.

Richman President Roger Richman denies receiving even a query from the Garbo estate, but when The Insider contacted Theodore Kurz, the New York City lawyer who represents Reisfield and the estate, we got a "no comment," leading us to suspect that a Greta Garbo doll, or something equally bizarre, may be just around the corner.

NO BUTTS ABOUT IT

Followers of Mel Gibson's screen career will note that the actor has a marked propensity for baring his butt in movies.

This unusual trend began for Gibson in 1981 's Gallipoli, occurred again in 1987's Lethal Weapon and led him to turn the other cheek in his latest movie, Bird on a Wire. (There's some conflict on this last credit: Universal Pictures says it is indeed Mel's rear that is glimpsed briefly in Bird, though others have said it looks suspiciously like an insert shot of a posterior other than Mel's.)

But—excuse the pun—you'll be happy, or unhappy, to know there's a cover-up in Gibson's next movie, a comedy-adventure called Air America, which Tri-Star will release on Aug. 10. According to a spokesperson, Gibson does not expose himself even once during the film.

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