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Power Smokers of Hollywood

David Shaw
From the Print Edition:
Rush Limbaugh, Spring 94

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Westheimer isn't sure whether the aroma of all those cigars had subtly permeated the pages or if the influence--the connection--was purely subliminal, almost mystical.

But Westheimer, like Milius, can't smoke at home.

"My wife does not like cigars at all. I'm banned from smoking them in the house."

Fortunately for Westheimer, Raul Julia is a client; the two often smoke together at Julia's house. "His wife not only lets him smoke in the house," Westheimer says, in tones of awe, "she lets him smoke in bed.

"I always say I should have married his wife."

But as producer Larry Thompson says, "if you smoke cigars, you have to make certain difficult decisions in life."

Thompson, who produced Broken Promises, The Woman He Loved and the television movie "Lucy and Desi: Before the Laughter," was in Europe last fall on a fund-raising expedition for The Prophet, a movie about Kahlil Gibran. One night, in the main casino in Monaco, Thompson spotted an attractive woman--a tall, slender brunette, just his type. He introduced himself and in the course of several, very pleasant hours together, he lit a cigar--whereupon she said, "You know, some people don't like the smell of a cigar."

"I know," Thompson replied.

"I guess you don't care," the woman said.

"It's not that I don't care," Thompson said, "but people either like you for who you are or they don't."

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