GUESS WHO’S COMING TO VISIT?
When Chicago’s Oprah Winfrey, the queen of talk show hosts, came to New York City to pick up her third Daytime Emmy Award last month, she and fiancé Stedman Graham headed for Brooklyn. “I’ve always wanted to go by somebody’s house, just stop in around 4 o’clock and see if they’re watching The Oprah [Winfrey] Show,” says Winfrey, 39, who, at the behest of a local news show that was doing a report on Oprah viewers, made a surprise visit to the home of one of her fans. “And these women were watching! It was so much fun. I’ve always wanted to do that,” says Oprah. What was the first thing Winfrey asked these fans? “You don’t mind if I use your bathroom, do you?”
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Dan Cortese has hit the road with Route 66, NBC’s updated version of the 1960-64 series about two guys who tool around the country in a Corvette. Cortese, who built a female following as host of MTV Sports, claims to be perplexed by his beefcake image. “Some girls write, ‘How ’bout wearing a Speedo?’ Sure—with knee-high black socks!” says Cortese, 25. “I don’t want to be known as a teen heartthrob. Somebody who thinks I’m sexy needs to be checked. I’ve got a skinny old Italian man’s legs—really nice frog legs.” But Cortese, a lean 6-footer who played college football, still sweats a daily two-hour workout, so he must get a kick from some body part. “I think I have nice hands,” says Cortese. “They’re big. I’d change everything else.”
To all the guys she’s ever loved before, Guess? jeans model Anna Nicole Smith serves notice that she has become a hot—and unlisted—number. The rose of Mexia, Tex., Smith recently filmed a small role opposite Paul Newman in his upcoming movie, The Hudsucker Proxy, and last month was named Playboy’s Playmate of the Year. Call it a coincidence, but some of Smith’s old flames have tried recently lo make amends. “My secretary calls me and I say, ‘Oh, well, [tell them] I’m out of town,’ ” sniffs Smith, 25. “They never called before. I have no desire to see them because every single one of them has cheated on me, and I caught them.”
Long before William Baldwin met his Sliver costar Sharon Stone, he had big plans for himself. “I wanted to play for the Yankees,” says Baldwin, 30, who grew up with five siblings (including his actor brothers Alec. Daniel and Stephen) in Massapequa, N.Y. “When I got more focused, I wanted a law degree and to be involved in politics.” He spent a year working as an aide to Rep. Thomas Downey (D., N.Y.) but fantasized about acting. Baldwin’s first brush with showbiz was a smash. “I actually went from this acting agent to a modeling agent to [photographer] Bruce Weber in the same day,” says Baldwin. “Weber met me, and I got booked to do a Calvin Klein jeans ad. I supported myself for an entire year with the money I made from that.”