Beneath that taciturn mug Bob Dylan so often presents to the universe, there is, some claim, a taciturn performer. During the making of The Traveling Wilburys video in Los Angeles last month, the Historic One allegedly walked off the set, forcing filmmakers to call upon Kiva Rosenfeld, described by a friend as “a die-hard Dylan fan,” as a stand-in. While “Wilburys” Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison waited to resume shooting, Rosenfeld, who reportedly is not a musician, was said to be made up to look like Bob. Asked by Rosenfeld how to play Dylan, Tom Petty joked, “Whatever the director asks, refuse to do it.” Dylan returned and finished the shooting. Dylan’s spokesman denied Dylan walked out, adding it is Bob and only Bob on the video. Back home in Britain, George Harrison couldn’t resist a snipe at Bob. “He has no qualms about taking 20 percent of the royalties,” Harrison was quoted as saying in London’s Daily Mirror, “but he doesn’t do interviews.”
Oprah Winfrey may have lost 67 lbs. on a liquid diet, but the girl is only human. Sitting with a group of friends, including boyfriend Stedman Graham and producer Quincy Jones, at Hollywood’s Spago restaurant recently, Winfrey couldn’t resist the goat-cheese pizza. She happily dispatched it, while a parade of people congratulated her on her weight loss. When a waiter teasingly warned her about calories, the talk show hostess joked, “Do you want a tip?”
Since contemplating divorce nearly a year ago, Sean Penn and Madonna seemed to settle down. But now the two, once dubbed the Poison Penns, seem to be living up to their name. Last month Madonna arrived late to the L.A. opening of Hurlyburly, which stars Penn. The curtain went up late also. Afterward, during the opening night party at the glitzy Century City nightclub Twenty/ 20, one partygoer said it was evident that Penn was upset. “You [obscenity deleted], how could you do this to me?” Penn was heard to shout from a private room to which the couple had withdrawn. As his wife screamed back, friends, including Sylvester Stallone, socialized outside. The display was not unappreciated. “The [Hurlyburly] performance was good,” said one Hollywood producer after the party, “but this was even better.”
Robert DeNiro, who has played his share of shady characters in the movies, has become a crime victim himself. He was burglarized twice at his bungalow in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles in the past month. On the first occasion, DeNiro told police, the thief took a camera, a sports jacket and cassettes. The second time, a thief made off with the keys to his rented Mercedes and the Mercedes. There was no sign of forced entry in either case. DeNiro told police the thief might have entered through a sliding door or with a key, but one hotel employee, claiming that the locks had recently been changed and that DeNiro often left the sliding doors to his bungalow open, suggested the actor was tempting fate. “The security people asked him to keep the door closed,” the employee says. “But he said, ‘I’m from New York. New York people like fresh air.’ ”
Sean Lennon, 13, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is attending the super-chic Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. His arrival was shrouded in secrecy, and phone calls are accepted from only a handful of people the likes of Michael Jackson. The only person besides Mama authorized to whisk Sean away for the weekend is David Bowie.