Fran Drescher

The Insider

UPDATED 09/29/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/29/1997 at 01:00 AM EDT

Fran Drescher may not have fond memories of this year's Emmy awards. Although she's not talking about it, the Nanny star certainly felt the fallout from her recent tirades against the paparazzi: Most photographers at the awards show chose not to snap her picture as she entered the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The Drescher boycott was similar to the paparazzi's snub of Sylvester Stallone at the recent Planet Hollywood opening in Rome. I did see Drescher pose for a number of pictures in the auditorium lobby, but they were taken mostly by fans who stopped her as she was leaving—which she did immediately after losing to Helen Hunt in the outstanding-lead-ac-tress-in-a-comedy-series category....

Ellen's Ellen DeGeneres and her girlfriend, actress Anne Heche, turned a lot of heads at the Emmys with their constant displays of mutual affection. The doting Heche not only accompanied DeGeneres to all her obligatory backstage interviews after she won an Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series, but prior to DeGeneres's interview with Good Morning America, Heche applied the sitcom star's makeup and even adjusted her blouse so that just the right amount of cleavage was showing....

At the HBO party following the awards telecast, Garry Shandling talked about the jokes he was prepared to deliver had he won anything for The Larry Sanders Show, which he did not. So here's a sample, lost to the world—until now: "I didn't want to ruin [Emmy host] Bryant Gumbel's evening by telling him that Matt Lauer was hosting the Oscars." Well, maybe it's a good thing Shandling didn't win....

The timing couldn't have been worse, but Mike Myers nevertheless kept his commitment to appear in London to promote his movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, which had its U.K. release on the night before Princess Diana's funeral. When he returned to the States, Myers told me that the film's British distributor had decided to edit out one line, dealing with Prince Charles's extramarital affair, for all showings in Great Britain. "Under the circumstances," says Myers, "I think it was the right call."...

For Michael Douglas, there's The Game, his new movie, and then there's the game, as in ABC's Monday Night Football. On Sept. 8, Douglas arrived via limousine at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for the West Coast premiere of the thriller. Celebs who showed up included Michael Kea-ton, ER's Anthony Edwards and Rhea Perlman. Douglas entered the theater with everyone else, then slipped out a side door and was whisked to the nearby Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where a comfortable suite was waiting, so he could watch the Oakland Raiders play the Kansas City Chiefs. Douglas's rep acknowledges it happened, but says the actor had hurt his back and "needed to lie down." Douglas did make it to the Hollywood Colonnade, where the post-premiere party was being held, in time to meet arriving well-wishers. But it meant he had to miss the end of the football game and the Chiefs' winning touchdown.

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