AH, the Hollywood lifestyle. Guilt or innocence aside, the...

salmagundi

July 12, 1994

AH, the Hollywood lifestyle. Guilt or innocence aside, the O.J. Simpson saga gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be inside the world of the celebrity in La-La Land.

Our favorite is the obligatory "house guest."

All mega-millionaire celebrities not only must live in $5 million mansions like Mr. Simpson (plus a $2 million beach house), but they have to demonstrate their wealth by filling their bungalows with "house guests" who do little to justify their rent-free existence.

Such was the life of Brian "Kato" Kaelin, a part-time actor, who apparently spent most of his time on the phone.

He got free use of the Simpson estate -- including the tennis court and whirlpool tub -- accompanied the owner on late-night runs to McDonald's (in the Simpson Rolls-Royce), fed the dog (if asked) and provided pocket change for the owner (because Mr. Simpson only carried $100 bills).

Flashing your lifestyle is important, too. Mr. Simpson lived close to the L.A. airport, but did he ask his "house guest" to run him over there in the Rolls? Did he call a cab? No way. He hired a stretch limousine -- and tossed his Gucci luggage in the trunk.

As for the late ex-Mrs. Simpson, she had to retain her celebrity lifestyle, too.

She needed enough money for tanning salon visits, a $2,000-a-year gym membership, visits to a $200-a-session therapist, bi-weekly visits to a nutritional consultant, regular visits to ski resorts in Aspen, Colo., and dance clubs and "pocket money" of $6,000 a month, not to mention an annual clothing allowance of $48,000.

She also still drove her white Ferrari around town.

Even the defense lawyer in this case likes to display his affluence in a glitzy way: he has his own boxing coach and has the town's celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, cater his parties.

Only in Hollywood.

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