Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
December 9, 1993
They do say that Julia Robertsâ€™ reported $8 million salary for her next film, â€œTracks,â€ is an all-time high for an actress. (This is pretty impressive, considering that we donâ€™t know yet if Julia has retained her box office clout after a year-and-a half hiatus. â€œThe Pelican Briefâ€ and â€œ I Love Troubleâ€ will be her â€œcomebackâ€™â€™ movies.)
Now, having written this, I sit back and wait for calls from the outraged press reps for Whoopi Goldberg, Barbra Streisand, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Bette Midler, et a1., insisting that their star is the biggest, the best and, most certainly, the highest paid.
Last year at Oscar time there was a lot of talk about â€œThe Year of the Woman.â€ (And didnâ€™t Barbra Streisand make caustic mincemeat out of that pronouncement!) Then this column declared that 1993 would go down as â€œThe Year of Drag.â€ (The ascent of RuPaul and the success of Robin Williams in â€œ Mrs. Doubtfireâ€ proved this prediction at least partially true.)