The Insider

updated 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Just when you thought things on the Zsa Zsa Gabor front had quieted down, the Princess von Chutzpah strikes again. Beverly Hills Realtor Elaine Young, 55, says Gabor contacted her about selling her Bel Air home. Zsa Zsa, 70-plus, wanted Young to list her house for $15 million. The house, once owned by Howard Hughes, was purchased by Gabor in 1973 for $245,000.

Young says Gabor agreed to hold an open house on Aug. 12 for potential buyers. Young estimates she spent $2,500 on newspaper ads, sales brochures and two security guards for the open house.

"The ads were already published," says Young, "when Zsa Zsa called and demanded that I also pay to have her carpets cleaned for the open house. She asked for $1,500, which I knew was outrageous for carpet cleaning, so I sent her a check for $400."

When Young arrived at the Gabor house on Aug. 12, the first thing she noticed, she says, was that the carpets had not been cleaned. Then, 20 minutes before the open house was to begin, Gabor, who had said previously she would not be there, appeared and asked Young what she was doing there.

Young reminded her about the open house, to which Young says Gabor replied, "What open house? Everybody out!"

In a letter to Young the following day, Gabor wrote, "Even though you think I have no manners, I am Princess von Anhalt and Zsa Zsa Gabor!!! My jewelry and furs were in the closets. My expensive paintings, silver and antiques were everywhere. Nobody I know has an open house like this where people can tell their friends who tell their friends where everything is—as I really don't need another burglary."

Young, who stood to earn a 4.5 percent commission if she had sold the house, says now that "no amount of money will ever make me go back there."

Asked for Gabor's side, her publicist, Phil Paladino, who also represents Young, says, "The incident is between the two of them."


The romance between Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, co-stars of Disney's The Marrying Man, is moving ahead quite nicely. Sources say that Baldwin, 32, is now living with Basinger, 36, at her San Fernando Valley home. Officially, though, their respective reps say Alec is maintaining his own place. Professionally the word from The Marrying Man, in which Kim plays a lounge singer, is that her singing of '40s torch ballads "blows away" Michelle Pfeiffer's singing in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

These same sources also say that Basinger did some blowing away at the movie's screenwriter, Neil Simon, 63, when she publicly chastised him for treating women's roles in his movies as "subordinate characters." Naturally, Basinger's publicist says the actress gave no such lecture.


It's not that the folks behind Fox's The Simpsons felt slighted about getting five Emmy nominations, it's just that all five, including a Best Animated Series nomination, are considered craft awards. These awards will be given out on Sept. 15, one day prior to Fox's nationally televised Emmy broadcast.

As Bart Simpson might say, "Not enough exposure, dude."

The Simpsons will rectify that by appearing on the Emmy show as presenters. Plans call for the entire Simpson family to walk down the aisles of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where the awards show takes place, and then proceed to the podium to present the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

This will be accomplished by a production technique similar to the one used in the making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In other words, it will look at home as if the Simpsons are there, when in fact they won't be, meaning the winner might have a little more to worry about than just his acceptance speech. Definitely radical, man.

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