By Dave Donnelly

Gaylord’s can do without
Applegate-style publicity

GOOD news and bad news on Kauai. Gaylord's owner Roberta Wallace had to be of mixed emotions if she watched actress Christina Applegate, the quintessential dumb blonde bimbo on "Married ... With Children," on the "Tonight" show last week. She told how her new husband had proposed in a lovely Hawaii restaurant called Gaylord's but after he popped the question and before she could say "Yes," the busboy dropped a plate of food in her lap. She regained her composure and the engagement was official. Then, she told Jay Leno a waiter came out of nowhere and said she couldn't be Christina Applegate because the actress had let herself go and gotten fat. Assured that she was, indeed, the actress, the waiter (who Christina felt looked high on weed or something) said something that sounded roughly like "Oh, shoot," and fell back into a chair. Still, she went on after telling the story, Gaylord's is "a lovely restaurant." ...

THERE were numerous beauty queens and Miss Hawaii contenders helping out with auction items at the Muscular Dystrophy Association dinner and auction at the Royal Hawaiian last week. It was noted that one of the contestants, the lovely Liane Mark, was a recent cover subject on Midweek. So, too, were the co-emcees, Frank B. Shaner and Brickwood Galuteria (whom I can't stop thinking of as "Driftwood Cafeteria," as Moe Keale calls him) recent Midweek cover subjects. That puts them all one-up on me. Entertainment was by Hulili, Makaha Sons and Rolando Sanchez and his salsa group. The auction was also hot, with everything going, including a Nissan 350z, which drew a winning bid of $32,500 ...


CELEBRITY spotting is always a sport in Hawaii. Folks on the Big Isle spotted Oscar nominee Renee Zellweger, considerably slimmed down after shedding those pounds she gained for "Bridget Jones's Diary," at the Four Seasons, Hualalai ... While she's become accustomed to the sharks of Hollywood, Demi Moore took interest in some real reef dwellers plus barracuda, sea turtles and an eagle ray off Waikiki Beach. According to Atlantis Submarines senior pilot Bob Thain, Moore signed up for the standard tour, asked no special favors and told him afterward that she had "a great time." ... Anthony Edwards preceded the crew of "E.R." to Hawaii to get in a bit of R&R with his family ...

L.A. LAKER star Shaquille O'Neal returned to action after a wrist injury and scored 40 points his first time out. I spotted the Hawaii license plate of the person who must be one of his biggest fans. It read "SHAQ-34" ... Lined up after a casting call here are look-alikes for Lassie, Benji, Rin Tin Tin, Scooby Doo and eight other celebrity wannabes for the Humane Society's upcoming fund-raiser, "Hooray for Hollywoof." ...

Aloha Anita

SORRY to report former Press Clubber Anita Liptak has died at Kaiser Hospital. One of the great kidders, Anita once ran for her neighborhood board and ordered T-shirts printed, promoting her candidacy. Though she was a printing exec, Anita wasn't even upset when they arrived with a typo, and wore them with pals waving at cars. They read, "Liptak: Neighborhood Broad." ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
The Week That Was recalls items from Dave's 30 years of columns.

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