By  on September 21, 1994

The Blind Leading The Blind: There was no love lost between the male and female stars of a just-finished horror epic. One of the sweetest things he called her was "a spoiled brat." Why not play the guessing game?

Meanwhile, the cast and crew of the big new "Mary Reilly" movie -- it's about Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and his (?) their (?) maidservant -- are tickled silly the movie's finished. Big sighs of relief all around. But all hands were somewhat surprised at the gift-wrapped mementos they received from the multi-million $$$$$$$$$ lady who starred in the film. Yo-yos. Oh, don't bother guessing. It was Julia Roberts.

Isn't there a feud brewing between Shirley MacLaine and Madonna? If not, there ought to be. That is, considering the quote said to have been uttered by the tell-it-like-it-is Shirl about the tell-it-like-it-is M word: Referring to Madonna as being "the only one of brother Warren's women who had more money and less class than he" -- and then this devastating clincher -- "and she doesn't wash much." Ladies, please!

The hottest British import to hit the U.S. since Natasha Richardson circled and landed is a 21-year-old beauty called Thandie Newton, who was educated at Cambridge. Thandie, who plays Brad Pitt's first delicious victim in "Interview With the Vampire," is now filming "The Journey of August King," her first starring role, as a hot-blooded runaway slave involved with a lonely mountain man played by Jason Patric. They're on location in the south, which some claim is hotter than ever since they arrived, but you know how people exaggerate.

After a summer of rumors of a split, it seems peace has broken out between Monaco's Princess Caroline and her Vincent Lindon. They've been cruising the Mediterranean together on a luxurious yacht, along with her kids. B-l-i-s-s. For n-o-w.

Bobby Short, the talented cherub who plays the piano and sings like an angel and keeps the crowd crowding into the Carlyle Hotel where he is a fantastic feature every season, celebrated his 70th birthday the other night at a big party at Mortimer's, and everybody fell down in a faint when they heard how old he was. Because he looks 50 and acts 25. Probably because his heart is pure? We all know his voice is. Jean Bach, who has known Bobby longer than almost anyone in New York, gave the party for him, and they all came. Fetching in long red chiffon -- it was a black tie evening -- Jean hopped up on the bar at Mortimer's (that's where the musicians played throughout the evening) and gave a wonderful, funny little speech about the privileges and pitfalls of being Bobby's best friend. At least 140 of those who love Bobby best applauded madly.

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