April 21, 1997 12:00 PM

Last year, when Giselle Fernandez relocated from New York City, where she anchored NBC’s weekend edition of Today, to Beverly Hills to become cohost of Access Hollywood, she traded the long hours of TV news for the more manageable schedule of entertainment journalism. “I didn’t like coming home and having one stale can of Coke,” says Fernandez, 35. “I love to be in my own little private space that reflects who I am.” The Mexican-born daughter of a Jewish musician mother and a flamenco dancer father fills the living room in her rented Spanish-style house with paintings by South of the Border artists and mementos of her travels abroad. All that’s missing is a TV set. “This room is just to relax and enjoy,” says Fernandez, who often cuddles up there with her boyfriend, Manhattan-based Fox correspondent Don Dahler. Her mother, Magdalena Teichmann, who lives 40 minutes away, also visits frequently. Coming over, says Teichmann, “is like a vacation. It’s so restful.”

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