The Insider

updated 09/22/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1997 01:00AM

As you probably know by now, Larry King, 63, wed infomercial pitchwoman Shawn Southwick, 37, on Sept. 5, a day earlier than planned. It wasn't exactly the wedding they had in mind. On Sept. 4 the CNN host thought he was having a heart attack and went to UCLA Medical Center. As he lay stabilized and sleeping, a debate broke out between Southwick and members of King's family, who wanted the marriage postponed until King, who had had a heart attack and subsequent coronary-bypass surgery in 1987, felt up to it. Apparently he did, because the couple took their vows—it's his seventh marriage, her third—the next morning, right there at the hospital. The following day, the newlyweds flew by Medevac to New York City, where King was to undergo an angioplasty procedure and is expected to make a full recovery....

Less than 24 hours after a tearful Elizabeth Taylor appeared on 60 Minutes to express her "total disbelief, horror, pain" about the death of Princess Diana, she hosted a Labor Day picnic at her Bel Air home. Party-goers, who munched on baked chicken and cole slaw, included Gregory Peck, Cher, Johnny Depp, Nastassja Kinski and Roddy McDowall. A distraught Taylor had considered canceling the event but decided, according to a source, that the party might be "a way to start the healing process." This sentiment was acknowledged by Taylor's rep, who added, "It was a very somber occasion, where everyone shared their feelings."...

Quick, what does Barbra Streisand have in common with Gillian Anderson? In a word, Pensacola. That's the name of the new syndicated TV series about elite fighter pilots that costars Streisand's fiancé, James Brolin, and Anderson's boyfriend, Rodney Rowland. But the couples have yet to double-date. Anderson, who is in Vancouver shooting The X-Files, has never been to the Pensacola set in San Diego. As for Streisand, if you hear, as I did, that she's been meddling on the set, don't believe it. The show's rep tells me Streisand has visited Pensacola just twice—to have lunch with Brolin....

Pity the poor reservationist at the Royalton Hotel in New York City when reps for both Chris Rock and Stevie Wonder called to reserve the hotel's one and only penthouse for the week leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 4. But no one had to flip a coin. Rock, the awards-show host, won the coveted $2,200-a-day penthouse, in the words of a source, "because MTV wanted their host to be happy." Perhaps Wonder did too. He cheerfully settled for a smaller suite on a lower floor....

Kathy Switzer, the 27-year-old daughter of Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer, is working as an animal wrangler on Possums, a comedy starring Mac Davis as a broadcaster for a lousy football team, which is now shooting in Nowata, Okla. Her wrangling duties include picking up after a movie dog that befouls Davis's lawn (the doggie deposits are fake, a rep for the film assures me), but Switzer helped in another way. Her dad accepted a small role in the movie at her suggestion but, she says, was "nervous about doing his lines. So I said, 'Just holler like you normally do, and you'll be fine.' "

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