September 06, 1999 12:00 PM

Private Sale

When celebs shop, they shop alone. Some get the whole store to themselves


The local Nordstrom is having a sale, and there you are, going elbow to elbow with every bargain hunter in town. Suddenly, you stop, you stare, you gasp. Could that really be this year’s Oscar winner pawing over the summer clearance rack? Probably not. The stars, quite simply, do not shop like the rest of us. Many, like Michael Jackson at Toys “R” Us, ask for and receive quiet time to wander the aisles alone—except for whatever entourage is in tow. It makes them happy, and the publicity and the money spent are good for the stores. “Elton John, who is a long-standing customer, will call, and if he wants to stay an hour or longer he can,” says Versace’s publicist Marcus Ebner. “It makes the celebrity more comfortable.”

Dustin Hoffman once popped in early for a little private shopping at the Barneys warehouse sale at the Santa Monica airport. The rock group Aerosmith had Harrods department store in London all to themselves one evening last June. Another London shop, the couture shoe seller Gina (favored by Claudia Schiffer, Nicole Kidman and the Spice Girls), admits it keeps special hours for stars. And in Palm Beach, Fla., Saks Fifth Avenue opened early for Celine Dion (although she turned down an invitation to shop privately at Gucci) and stayed open late for designer Vera Wang.

Closing a store may be going out of style though. More and more celebrities are sending their personal stylists to do their shopping. And enterprising retailers are finding new ways to accommodate the stars without alienating civilian customers. That’s why the Beverly Hills Emporio Armani, a favorite of Jodie Foster, Nastassja Kinski and Christian Slater, expanded its showroom within the last year to include a perk once reserved for discos: a VIP area.

When Thin Isn’t In

Jennifer Aniston‘s former trainer is taking a bite out of the Friends star for her eating habits. Kathy Kaehler, who is also the Today show fitness trainer, whipped the 30-year-old actress into shape with a varied exercise regimen. Soon, Aniston started turning up at Hollywood premieres wearing outfits that accentuated her taut—and often bare—tummy.

But Kaehler says in her Women’s Sports & Fitness magazine column that Aniston lost that weight by drastically reducing carbohydrates in her diet—”a way that’s not healthy, in my book,” she writes. Kaehler, who has also trained Ellen DeGeneres, Lisa Kudrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alfre Woodard and Melanie Griffith, is so unhappy with Aniston that she calls the star’s body “scrawny.” She also worries that many actresses are “thinner than ever.”

Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane says she won’t discuss her eating habits. “She doesn’t feel comfortable with it,” he says, because young girls might consider her a spokeswoman for a particular diet. And, he adds, her way of losing weight might not be the right way for all.

Have Mat, Will Travel

What’s your position on yoga mats? More and more celebrities, it seems, prefer to roll—and carry—their own. David Duchovny and Woody Harrelson have been seen lugging theirs. So have the celebrities pictured at left. Is this a fashion statement—or is something deeper at work? If you believe Gurmukh, the one-name-only teacher at yoga studio Golden Bridge in Los Angeles (she has put Cindy Crawford and Courtney Love through their paces), it’s really more of a spiritual thing. “The reason these guys like to bring their own mats,” she says, “is that it creates your own sacred space; you’re not using somebody else’s mat. It’s like the difference between sleeping in your own bed or a hotel bed. It’s like a home away from home.”

Her Own Space (Hog)

Keeping up with model Kate Moss‘s love life can be dizzying. Since breaking off a four-year affair with Johnny Depp in 1997, she has been romantically linked—at least in the press—with five men. Now, British tabs predict that Moss, 25, will wed Antony Langdon, 31, guitarist-backup vocalist of the rock group Spacehog. Moss’s rep confirms that the über-waif is dating Langdon but denies engagement rumors. For now the pair can enjoy double-dating with Langdon’s brother Royston and his girlfriend, Liv Tyler.

Troubled Waters

For years, at Our Lady of Solace elementary school in The Bronx, Sister Mary Michael drilled geography into a young Regis Philbin. “I would pride myself on knowing the biggest mountains and the longest rivers,” Philbin, 68, recalls. He must have dozed off when she taught lakes. On the Aug. 19 broadcast of Philbin’s quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, contestant David Honea correctly answered that Lake Huron was larger than Lake Michigan. Philbin said he was wrong—and Honea, who had already won $32,000, lost a chance to double his prize. Philbin and the show later apologized, awarded the money and invited Honea back. He’ll be there, though he admits “I might be scared to answer, even if they were asking [my] mother’s name.”

Hi Yo Silver, Away!

Return with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear, when heroes wore white hats and villains got what they deserved in the wild wild West. Among those looking out for decent folk was a masked man, who, with his Indian sidekick, Tonto, and trusty steed Silver, crusaded for justice each week on the small screen.

Sept. 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the television debut of The Lone Ranger. Clayton Moore, the series’ star, turns 85 Sept. 14. Now retired in Calabasas, Calif, he shared with Scoop his thoughts about being one of TV’s legends.

Why has the Lone Ranger remained popular?

The Lone Ranger selflessly brought justice to unfair situations. Many of the beautiful letters I receive from fans say they want their children to learn the moral lessons of fair play and honesty the show brought to them as children. And so the kids who watched in the ’50s are now watching with their children.

Do people recognize you on the street?

No—I can thank the mask for that!

What does the white hat symbolize to you?

Well, of course the white hat has always symbolized good, so you could tell the hero from the villain. I’ve worn both in my career, but to this day I prefer to wear a white hat.

What is the most important part of the Lone Ranger creed, the rules which governed his actions?

“I believe…in my Creator, my country and my fellow man.” Fran Striker, the creator of the Lone Ranger, wrote the creed, and I think it is one of the most beautifully written pieces I have ever read. I have always taken the words to heart.

What kind of guy was Jay Silverheels [who played Tonto], who died at age 62 in 1980?

The best! A true friend. He was very proud of his nationality—he was a full-blooded Mohawk—and I was very proud to have known him.

The origin of Tonto’s name for the Lone Ranger, “Kemo Sabe,” has been the subject of much debate. What does it mean to you?

Faithful friend, and it has only ever meant that to me.

What happened to Silver?

He died in the late 1970s after living a very full and healthy life of 30-some years. Silver was a very intelligent horse and wonderful to work with. His handler and I spent many a day working with him, and he always knew his cue and his mark. He sure made me look good!

Do you ever don the black mask anymore?

No, it is time to pass it on to the next generation.

Thank you, Masked Man. You’re very welcome.



Still searching for a place to hang your grass skirt? Republican presidential contender Steve Forbes may have the answer. Laucala, the family’s 3,017-acre private island in the South Pacific, is on the market for $10 million. The tropical getaway, part of the Fiji archipelago, was once an idyllic retreat for his father, the late publisher Malcolm Forbes. Purchased in 1972, the island was opened to the public as an exclusive resort in 1984. With two bedrooms and a swimming pool, Laucala’s main home is quite modest by the elder Forbes’s standards. The rest of the property, though, lives up to the magazine magnate’s reputation for extravagance. There are seven beachfront guest bungalows with thatched roofs, woven walls and fully stocked bars. There is also a private airstrip, a coconut plantation and a village of 220 people to maintain the facilities.

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