The Tribune - Spectrum

, September 29, 2002
Lead Article

Hollywood hues
Cindy’s close encounters

Cindy Crawford: Shadowed
Cindy Crawford: Shadowed

IT was like the script for a chiller. Supermodel Cindy Crawford braced herself up to deal with a demented fan who sent her a screenplay full of satanism and sado-masochistic sex scenes, which he said he had written with her in mind.

Later, when Cindy was out of town for a shoot, the crazy fan got chillingly closer-he began stalking her household staff, specially targeting Cindy’s personal maid.

On her return, he began calling her on the phone. On the advise of cops, Cindy arranged to meet him in a restaurant. "They said I should take my sunglasses off the table and put them on my head, and that would be their signal to arrest him", she says. And that’s exactly how it went.

The stalker later sent a written apology from his prison cell. And the large-hearted Cindy, in true Hollywood style, has put the incident behind her and says she has pardoned him.

Wrinkle crinkle

He’s 54 and fast losing hold of his youth and vitality. But Sylvester Stallone is a determined believer in anti-aging drugs. His latest fad is said to be Gerivutak G-3; which he pumps in his body thrice-weekly to stave off wrinkles.

To stay peppy, he swallows dozens of vitamin pills. But it’s no-no to steroids. "That’s a big price to pay to keep looking young," says the former superstar, whose muscles are sagging like his movies at the box-office.

Stallone: Pumping drugs

Stallone: Pumping drugs

There’s more to Moore

Ecology freak Demi Moore has ripped out the airconditioning in her house and has had solar heating and cooling along with a water purifier. The only household cleansing agent allowed is baking soda and only biodegradable laundry products are used. And anyone who wears perfumes is barred because of the number of the chemicals used in them. What next? Maybe Demi will quit Hollywood because raw film is made from innumerable chemicals as well!

Michelle makes up to the Press

Michelle Pfieffer: Up close & personal with the Press
Michelle Pfieffer: Up close & personal with the Press

Michelle Pfieffer, one of Hollywood’s most in-demand senior actresses has finally decided to shed her animosity to the Press and extend a hand of friendship. Interestingly, that decision coincided with the 10th birthday or her adopted bi-racial baby, Claudia Rose, when she threw a lavish party for the journos.

Her fight with the Press started a decade ago when some film journalists heckled her for becoming a single mother, dumping her first husband and marrying David Kelley, the maker of TV hit serial Picket Fences.

Though 10 years of bringing up Claudia Rose have taken their toll, it’s been a labour of love, says the star of such major hits as The Fabulous Baker Boys, Up Close & Personal, One Fine Day and What Lies Beneath.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride to stardom — a long way down the road for the woman who as a 14-year-old lied to get a job in a store selling jeans. With some of the biggest hits of recent times, life’s been a song for Michelle.

High heal

Ben Kingsley: Reaching out to the stricken
Ben Kingsley: Reaching out to the stricken

Charity seems to be the current Hollywood fad. The dream city is in an expansive mood and many superstars have found touching and surprising ways to express their love for the stricken and the not-so-fortunate.

Charity is the key word in Hollywood. First Gene Wilder established a cancer centre in New York, raising over $ 5 million for the centre — named after his late wife Gilda.

Ben (Gandhi) Kengsley has founded an institute for alzheimer’s disease in New York with his own money. Elizabeth Taylor has set up the American Foundation for AIDS Research in Los Angeles and has spent a fortune in research.

Now Paul Newman has rented an imposing castel in Country Wicklow, Ireland, for his children’s charity project. He bought the castle $ 1.8 million and is spending a whopping $ 4.5 million to restore it to its original beauty. Charity sure is a reality in the dream world of Hollywood.

Diva of sizzlers

Jackie Collins: Diva of glamworld sizzlers
Jackie Collins: Diva of glamworld sizzlers

Put a liberal helping of success and sex, a pinch of violence, a dash of daring and what do you get? A Jackie Collins’ novel. From 1969 the best-selling novelist has been churning out delicious Hollywood entertainers. Her new book Deadly Embrace too is a peep into the glamorous lives and loves of the rich and famous.

At 64, Collins is the queen of pulp literature, having sold well over 250 million books in 40 countries. All of her 17 novels have been ‘New York Times’ bestsellers. She credits this to the immense research she does. Her new book too is a publishers’ blockbuster.

Where does she get all this information? "Hollywood comes to me and tells it all" reveals Jackie. And why not? She counts superstars as Harrison Ford, Al Pacino, Sean Connery, Elton John, Kim Basinger, Julia Roberts and many more as her close friends.

Says Collins, "People just love to gossip, they call me and tell me everything. I don’t have to leave my house to find out what’s going on." And that has been the case, ever since she wrote her first book in 1969 — The World Is full of Married Men.

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