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Writer Says Martha Isn’t Cooking On All Burners

By Compiled Staff Writer Dan Web

Jerry Oppenheimer is feeling the wrath of Martha these days.

As author of “Just Desserts,” the hatchet-job biography of lifestyles diva Martha Stewart, Oppenheimer is the target of Martha’s army of loyal fans.

“People have called up to talk shows and said the book should be burned,” the author told The Washington Post. “I’ve refused to do a book-signing. It would be too frightening.”

So what did he say? Among other things, that:

Screaming at her 9-year-old daughter Lexi, who had just fallen down the stairs, Stewart called the girl “stupid.” A week later, an X-ray revealed that Lexi’s arm was broken.

Even worse, many of her recipes don’t seem to work.

Loose talk

Oscar-winner Frances McDormand on sex and the stage (in Glamour magazine): “There are breast roles and there are non-breast roles. For instance, when I was Stella in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ on Broadway in 1988, I thought they were appropriate.”

Say, wasn’t he known as the short one?

Ringo Starr turns 57 today.

This ain’t exactly how to make good relations flower

Apparently not campaigning for the title of Most Popular New Neighbor, New Yorker editor Tina Brown and husband Harry Evans (chairman of Random House) bought a $3.7 million triplex in Manhattan and proceeded to cut down a full-grown maple tree and remove some 50-year-old ivy. Responding to Brown’s insistence that her garden would “be very beautiful,” one neighbor said, “You can’t replant full-grown trees. It’s unforgivable.”

Here’s our obligatory entertainment business item

Ousted by Disney chairman Michael Eisner as ABC’s Entertainment president, Jamie Tarses is said to be MIA from her office these days. “Jamie really took a beating,” said one observer. “It really hurt her.”

That’s it, give those Baptists another reason to gripe

So how much fun did Tate Donovan have doing the voice of “Hercules” for the Disney movie? Lots, apparently. “Usually I just took off all my clothes and did the vocal work naked,” he said. “That’s the pleasure of doing a Disney movie.”

Hey, she could teach Martha Stewart a thing or two

She is 51 years old, and she delivered a set of twins just three months ago. Yet actress Adrienne Barbeau returned to work last week, joining the cast of a song-and-dance revue at the Center Theater in suburban Long Beach. “And you can have the babies at rehearsals,” she said.

These days, Woods’ career really has gone underground

For his role as Hades in the Disney film “Hercules,” James Woods called on his memories of the guys he grew up with in Rhode Island. “I grew up with guys who were slick,” he said. “‘Hey, hey, how ya doing?’ petty gangsters. They would consider Hades an homage.”

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