The Complete 1997 New York Observer 500

This Year’s Position, Last Year’s Position, Name, Total Mentions

1 1 President Bill Clinton 358

2 2 Madonna, singer 308

3 10 Diana, Princess of Wales 259

4 5 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani 234

5 4 O.J. Simpson, retired football player 195

6 16 Donald Trump, real estate developer 182

7 7 First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton 164

8 3 John F. Kennedy Jr., magazine editor 161

9 9 Sylvester Stallone, actor 140

10 18 Elizabeth Taylor, actress 134

10 8 Barbra Streisand, singer-actress 134

12 22 Rosie O’Donnell, talk-show host 129

13 11 Michael Jackson, singer 127

14 6 Sharon Stone, actress 122

15 21 Barbara Walters, interviewer 120

16 15 Brad Pitt, actor 114

17 46 Woody Allen, director 111

18 14 Demi Moore, actress 109

19 17 Robert De Niro, actor 105

20 38 Tom Cruise, actor 103

20 41 John Travolta, actor 103

22 90 Gianni Versace, designer 102

23 83 Alec Baldwin, actor 101

24 60 Howard Stern, radio-show host 100

25 33 Gov. George Pataki 98

26 27 Gwyneth Paltrow, actress 95

27 68 Frank Sinatra, singer 94

27 67 Mike Tyson, boxer 94

27 25 Whoopi Goldberg, actress 94

30 114 Ivana Trump, socialite 93

31 107 Liza Minnelli, singer-actress 92

32 98 Courtney Love, singer-actress 91

33 35 Charles, Prince of Wales 90

34 13 Calvin Klein, designer 89

35 x Ellen DeGeneres, comedian 86

36 24 Naomi Campbell, model 83

36 73 Ronald Perelman, buyout specialist 83

38 35 Senator Alfonse D’Amato 81

39 22 Cindy Crawford, model 80

39 20 Jacqueline Onassis, ex-First Lady 80

39 73 Marilyn Monroe, actress 80

39 60 Martha Stewart, magazine editor 80

43 90 Elton John, singer 78

44 32 Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, ex-publicist 77

45 137 Harrison Ford, actor 75

46 58 Al Pacino, actor 74

47 29 Julia Roberts, actress 73

48 53 Kathie Lee Gifford, talk-show host 72

48 46 Bruce Willis, actor 72

48 49 Marla Maples Trump, socialite 72

48 44 Steven Spielberg, director 72

52 60 Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host 70

52 114 Whitney Houston, singer-actress 70

52 90 Vice President Al Gore 70

55 26 George Clooney, actor 68

55 90 Diane Sawyer, TV journalist 68

55 78 Tina Brown, magazine editor 68

58 131 Harvey Weinstein, film executive 67

58 90 Bette Midler, singer-actress 67

58 41 Claudia Schiffer, model 67

61 x Billy Bob Thornton, director 66

61 150 Elizabeth II, Queen of England 66

63 172 Lauren Bacall, actress 65

63 211 Mariah Carey, singer 65

65 53 Goldie Hawn, actress 64

65 257 Henry Kissinger, politician 64

65 45 Joan Rivers, comedian 64

68 65 Johnny Depp, actor 63

68 29 David Letterman, talk-show host 63

70 49 Dennis Rodman, basketball player 62

71 x Frank Gifford, sportscaster 61

72 302 Michael Douglas, actor-producer 60

73 68 Nicole Kidman, actress 59

73 368 Kim Basinger, actress 59

73 185 Bill Cosby, comedian 59

73 121 Ted Turner, media executive 59

77 x Marv Albert, ex-sportscaster 58

78 90 Michael Ovitz, ex-film executive 57

78 53 Mira Sorvino, actress 57

78 107 Anna Wintour, magazine editor 57

81 39 Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor 55

81 x Dodi al-Fayed, producer 55

81 121 Donna Hanover Giuliani, actress 55

81 126 Uma Thurman, actress 55

81 64 Jim Carrey, actor 55

86 39 Sean Penn, actor 54

87 185 George Plimpton, author 53

87 153 Glenn Close, actress 53

87 68 Kate Moss, model 53

87 28 Mel Gibson, actor 53

87 51 Mick Jagger, singer 53

92 368 Julie Andrews, actress 52

92 162 Larry King, talk-show host 52

92 114 George Steinbrenner, team owner 52

92 34 Jack Nicholson, actor 52

92 72 John F. Kennedy, ex-President 52

97 19 Sarah Ferguson, ex-Duchess of York 51

97 245 Eddie Murphy, actor 51

99 162 George Bush, ex-President 50

99 368 Chelsea Clinton, daughter 50

99 107 Clint Eastwood, actor-director 50

99 271 Pamela Harriman, ex-Ambassador 50

103 245 Oscar de la Renta, designer 49

103 419 Leonardo DiCaprio, actor 49

105 137 David Dinkins, ex-Mayor 48

105 x Evander Holyfield, boxer 48

105 137 Michael Eisner, media executive 48

105 88 Paul Newman, actor 48

109 302 Jon Bon Jovi, actor-singer 47

109 x JonBenet Ramsey, beauty princess 47

109 193 Dominick Dunne, writer 47

112 x Anne Heche, actress 46

112 90 Mario Cuomo, ex-Governor 46

112 172 Matt Dillon, actor 46

115 137 David Geffen, media executive 45

115 35 Elle MacPherson, model-actress 45

115 234 Raquel Welch, actress 45

115 83 Richard Gere, actor 45

115 73 Robin Williams, actor 45

115 368 Ruth Messinger, politician 45

115 78 Spike Lee, director 45

122 162 Ronald Reagan, ex-President 44

122 153 Prince, singer 44

122 114 Winona Ryder, actress 44

122 x Donatella Versace, designer 44

122 41 Donna Karan, designer 44

122 185 Harold Evans, editor 44

122 65 Blaine Trump, socialite 44

122 48 Christie Brinkley, ex-model 44

130 114 Carlos Leon, personal trainer 43

130 217 Carroll Petrie, socialite 43

130 x Lourdes Leon, celebrity spawn 43

130 88 Nicole Brown Simpson, murder victim 43

130 325 Nora Ephron, director 43

135 245 Walter Cronkite, TV anchor 42

135 114 Jerry Seinfeld, comedian 42

135 131 Marlon Brando, actor 42

135 x Mia Farrow, actress 4

135 172 Diana Ross, singer 42

135 104 Dick Morris, political strategist 42

135 368 Ed Burns, director 42

142 131 Michael Jordan, basketball player 41

142 403 Muhammad Ali, retired boxer 41

142 288 Johnnie Cochran, attorney 41

142 x Tommy Mottola, music executive 41

142 137 Woody Harrelson, actor 41

142 302 Peter Jennings, TV news anchor 41

142 x Shirley MacLaine, actress-writer 41

149 104 Oliver Stone, director 40

149 199 Wendy Wasserstein, playwright 40

149 137 Nancy Reagan, ex-First Lady 40

149 193 David Bowie, singer 40

149 x George Stephanopoulos, political strategist 40

149 83 William Baldwin, actor 40

155 211 Helena Christensen, model 39

155 x David Duchovny, actor 39

155 347 Elvis Presley, rock ‘n’ roll king 39

155 x Senator Ted Kennedy 39

155 257 Tom Brokaw, TV news anchor 39

155 217 Pierce Brosnan, actor 39

161 193 Regis Philbin, talk-show host 38

161 347 Richard Nixon, ex-President 38

161 x Will Smith, singer-actor 38

161 x Judy Garland, actress 38

161 172 Drew Barrymore, actress 38

161 447 Dustin Hoffman, actor 38

161 271 Edgar Bronfman Jr., media executive 38

161 384 Lieut. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross 38

161 83 Caroline Schlossberg, attorney 38

170 185 Brooke Astor, socialite 37

170 257 Kevin Spacey, actor 37

170 x Mark Wahlberg, actor 37

173 217 Mary Tyler Moore, actress 36

173 199 Meryl Streep, actress 36

173 211 Mike Wallace, TV journalist 36

173 98 Elizabeth Hurley, model-actress 36

173 172 Geraldo Rivera, talk-show host 36

173 199 Graydon Carter, magazine editor 36

173 288 Sting, singer 36

180 x Prime Minister Tony Blair 35

180 x James Brolin, actor 35

180 245 Ed Koch, ex-Mayor 35

180 447 Lauren Holly, actress 35

180 x Bryant Gumbel, TV personality 35

180 325 Cameron Diaz, actress 35

180 271 Anthony Hopkins, actor 35

180 199 Beverly Sills, arts executive 35

180 217 Martin Scorsese, director 35

189 288 Martin Richards, theater producer 34

189 121 Mike Nichols, director 34

189 x Andrew Cunanan, serial killer 34

189 114 Bianca Jagger, socialite 34

189 302 Brooke Shields, actress 34

189 98 Christopher Reeve, director 34

189 172 Tyra Banks, model 34

189 193 Norman Mailer, writer 34

189 368 Paul McCartney, composer-singer 34

189 126 Ralph Lauren, designer 34

189 257 Robert Redford, actor-director 34

200 257 Sandra Bernhard, comedian 33

200 473 Soon-Yi Previn, love interest 33

200 x Tiger Woods, professional golfer 33

200 162 Billy Joel, singer 33

200 x Albert, Prince of Monaco 33

200 234 Bill Blass, designer 33

200 107 Keanu Reeves, actor 33

200 121 Liz Smith, gossip columnist 33

200 x Deborah Rowe Jackson, nurse 33

200 x Ambassador Felix Rohatyn 33

210 x Don King, boxing impresario 32

210 384 Aretha Franklin, singer 32

210 185 Carolina Herrera, designer 32

210 x Michael Kennedy, attorney 32

210 473 Veronica Hearst, socialite 32

210 325 Veronica Webb, model 32

210 x William, Prince of England 32

210 185 Jennifer Aniston, actress 32

210 347 Robert Downey Jr., actor 32

210 473 Sheryl Crow, singer 32

210 51 Cher, singer-actress 32

210 193 RuPaul, TV personality 32

222 x Roone Arledge, media executive 31

222 473 Judith Regan, book editor 31

222 x Téa Leoni, actress 31

222 245 Carly Simon, singer 31

222 172 Christy Turlington, model 31

222 217 Cindy Adams, gossip columnist 31

222 347 David Copperfield, magician 31

222 325 Howard Rubenstein, publicist 31

222 81 Luciano Pavarotti, opera singer 31

231 168 Larry Flynt, magazine publisher 30

231 104 Lisa Marie Presley, heiress 30

231 137 Liz Tilberis, magazine editor 30

231 83 Harvey Keitel, actor 30

231 153 Howard Safir, police chief 30

231 x Camilla Parker-Bowles, mistress of Prince Charles 30

231 x Celine Dion, singer 30

231 x Andie MacDowell, actress 30

231 325 Public Advocate Mark Green 30

231 347 Matthew Broderick, actor 30

231 153 Mortimer Zuckerman, publisher 30

231 234 Nicolas Cage, actor 30

231 81 Susan Sarandon, actress 30

231 211 Tony Bennett, singer 30

231 271 Tony Randall, actor 30

231 x Sultan of Brunei 30

231 172 Pamela Anderson Lee, actress 30

231 347 Raoul Felder, attorney 30

249 x Penny Marshall, director 29

249 384 S.I. Newhouse Jr., publisher 29

249 168 Jay Leno, talk-show host 29

249 271 Jessye Norman, opera singer 29

249 325 Andrew Lloyd Webber, songwriter 29

249 x Frank McCourt, writer 29

249 63 Hugh Grant, actor 29

249 73 Isaac Mizrahi, designer 29

249 217 Isabella Rossellini, actress-model 29

258 403 Denise Rich, socialite 28

258 199 Ethan Hawke, actor-novelist 28

258 x Billy Crystal, actor 28

258 x Bob Weinstein, media executive 28

258 384 Charlie Rose, talk-show host 28

258 288 Conan O’Brien, talk-show host 28

258 217 Danny Aiello, actor 28

258 x Danny DeVito, actor-producer 28

258 x Rev. Al Sharpton, politician 28

258 419 Andre Agassi, tennis player 28

258 271 Michael J. Fox, actor 28

258 168 Michelle Pfeiffer, actress 28

258 325 Nan Kempner, socialite 28

258 384 Jennifer Flavin, model-actress 28

258 271 Jodie Foster, actress-director 28

258 302 Ronald Goldman, murder victim 28

258 419 Sean Connery, actor 28

258 403 Ralph Fiennes, actor 28

276 x Pete Hamill, ex-newspaper editor 27

276 137 Peter Gatien, club owner 27

276 131 Rupert Murdoch, media executive 27

276 384 Sarah Jessica Parker, actress 27

276 x Stanley Kubrick, director 27

276 107 Joan Collins, actress 27

276 x Michael Caine, actor 27

276 153 Andy Warhol, artist 27

276 447 Annette de la Renta, socialite 27

276 325 Anthony Quinn, actor 27

276 x Debbie Reynolds, actress 27

276 x Deborah Norville, TV personality 27

276 137 Denzel Washington, actor 27

276 x Fran Drescher, actress 27

276 x Francis Ford Coppola, director 27

276 x Gregory Peck, actor 27

276 185 Henry Kravis, financier 27

276 419 K.D. Lang, singer 27

276 x Kirk Douglas, actor 27

276 x Lena Horne, singer 27

276 x Leona Helmsley, hotelier 27

297 98 Kelly Klein, design executive 26

297 403 Helen Gurley Brown, retired editor 26

297 325 Iman, model 26

297 x Bill Gates, software pioneer 26

297 162 Melanie Griffith, actress 26

297 x Milos Forman, director 26

297 271 Jane Fonda, actress 26

297 x Joan Crawford, actress 26

297 x Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President 26

297 473 Tom Arnold, actor 26

297 217 Val Kilmer, actor 26

297 162 Wesley Snipes, actor 26

297 153 Patricia Duff, fund-raiser 26

297 x Paula Jones, plaintiff 26

297 288 Peter Duchin, bandleader 26

297 150 Quincy Jones, media executive 26

313 x Peter Maas, writer 25

313 x Sean (Puffy) Combs, executive 25

313 199 Quentin Tarantino, director 25

313 x Robert F. Kennedy Jr., environmentalist 25

313 121 Sandra Bullock, actress 25

313 x Sidney Lumet, director 25

313 x Sirio Maccioni, restaurateur 25

313 271 Yoko Ono, singer 25

313 302 Jay McInerney, writer 25

313 325 Joe Torre, baseball manager 25

313 x Joseph Kennedy II, ex-Senator 25

313 126 House Speaker Newt Gingrich 25

313 403 Bobby Brown, singer 25

313 x Christopher Buckley, writer 25

313 257 Diane Keaton, actress 25

313 368 Geena Davis, actress 25

313 x Geoffrey Rush, actor 25

313 447 Gloria Steinem, journalist 25

313 347 Ian Schrager, hotelier 25

313 257 Ingrid Casares, image consultant 25

313 x Ivanka Trump, model 25

313 217 Kevin Bacon, actor 25

313 347 Lauren Hutton, model 25

336 x Katharine Graham, media executive 24

336 302 Kathleen Turner, actress 24

336 172 Kelsey Grammer, actor 24

336 368 Marcia Clark, attorney 24

336 347 Gerald Levin, media executive 24

336 x Herb Ritts, photographer 24

336 384 Don Johnson, actor 24

336 x Eartha Kitt, singer 24

336 x Fidel Castro, President of Cuba 24

336 257 Abe Hirschfeld, parking magnate 24

336 211 Alicia Silverstone, actress 24

336 211 Amber Valletta, model 24

336 271 Arnold Scaasi, designer 24

336 271 Nina Griscom, TV personality 24

336 x Joey Adams, columnist 24

336 217 Robert Trump, businessman 24

336 x Robert F. Kennedy Sr., ex-Attorney General 24

336 257 Shalom Harlow, model-actress 24

336 447 Steve Florio, publishing executive 24

336 419 Steve Martin, actor-comedian 24

336 234 Paul Sorvino, actor 24

357 x Salvatore Gravano, mobster 23

357 x Janeane Garofalo, actress 23

357 x Tommy Lee Jones, actor 23

357 98 William Bratton, police consultant 23

357 384 Marisa Tomei, actress 23

357 199 Matthew McConaughey, actor 23

357 x Andy Garcia, actor 23

357 384 Barry Diller, media executive 23

357 368 Burt Reynolds, actor 23

357 384 Carol Channing, actress 23

357 x Charles Gargano, politician 23

357 150 Charlie Sheen, actor 23

357 288 Chris O’Donnell, actor 23

357 x Chris Rock, TV personality 23

357 x Courteney Cox, actress 23

357 217 Dan Rather, TV news anchor 23

357 x Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan 23

357 x Edward Norton, actor 23

357 473 Gary Oldman, actor 23

357 473 Katharine Hepburn, actress 23

357 x Katie Couric, TV personality 23

357 x Kenneth Branagh, actor-director 23

357 234 Kenneth Jay Lane, jewelry designer 23

357 x Kirstie Alley, actress 23

357 x Kitty Kelley, biographer 23

357 x Kristin Scott Thomas, actress 23

383 x Kevin Kline, actor 22

383 131 Linda Evangelista, model 22

383 153 Georgette Mosbacher, socialite 22

383 419 Halle Berry, actress 22

383 x James Brown, singer 2

383 403 Dolly Parton, singer 22

383 288 Caroline, Princess of Monaco 22

383 168 Claudia Cohen, TV personality 22

383 x Dan Aykroyd, actor 22

383 234 Abel Ferrara, director 22

383 384 Ahmet Ertegun, executive 22

383 x Marlene Dietrich, actress 22

383 325 Michael Alig, club kid 22

383 x Michael Bolton, singer 22

383 302 Tim Robbins, actor 22

383 199 Tom Hanks, actor 22

383 x Tom Selleck, actor 22

383 347 Joanne Woodward, actress 22

383 x John Waters, director 22

383 47 Sigourney Weaver, actress 22

403 x District Attorney Robert Morgenthau 21

403 x Sherry Lansing, media executive 21

403 447 Sidney Poitier, actor 21

403 419 Stephen Sondheim, songwriter 21

403 x Stevie Wonder, singer 21

403 347 Pat Buckley, socialite 21

403 x Richard Avedon, photographer 21

403 384 John McEnroe, sportscaster 21

403 245 Tupac Shakur, singer-actor 21

403 x William F. Buckley Jr., journalist 21

403 x Mark Fuhrman, ex-police detective 21

403 447 Aaron Spelling, TV producer 21

403 x Agnes Gund, museum head 21

403 347 Angie Everhart, model-actress 21

403 x Anjelica Huston, actress 21

403 403 Arianna Huffington, pundit 21

403 x Arthur Schlesinger Jr., historian 21

403 x Bebe Neuwirth, actress 21

403 473 Bobby Zarem, publicist 21

403 x Cuba Gooding Jr., actor 21

403 x Cy Coleman, composer 21

403 x David Helfgott, pianist 21

403 x Ed Rollins, political strategist 21

403 245 Faye Dunaway, actress 21

403 x Gabriel Byrne, actor 21

403 x Hunter S. Thompson, journalist 21

403 302 Kurt Russell, actor 21

403 x Libby Pataki, Governor’s wife 21

431 172 Kevin Costner, actor-director 20

431 x Leonard Lauder, executive 20

431 x Secretary of State Madeleine Albright 20

431 x Don Hewitt, TV producer 20

431 x Elizabeth Rohatyn, socialite 20

431 257 Emma Thompson, actress 20

431 384 Candice Bergen, actress 200

431 x Carl Spielvogel, fund-raiser 20

431 473 Representative Charles Schumer 20

431 302 Ashley Judd, actress 20

431 257 Diane Keaton, actress 20

431 x Mohamed al-Fayed, retailer 20

431 68 Frank Sinatra, singer 20

431 131 Nathan Lane, actor 20

431 x Tim Allen, actor 20

431 185 Tommy Hilfiger, designer 20

431 x Walter Isaacson, magazine editor 20

431 199 Warren Beatty, actor 20

431 x Wayne Gretzky, hockey player 20

431 x Patsy Ramsey, murder victim’s mother 20

431 x Bono, singer 20

431 x Randolph Hearst, publisher 20

431 x Salma Hayek, actress 20

431 x Sam Donaldson, TV news anchor 20

431 x Seymour Hersh, journalist 20

431 x Shoshanna Lonstein, love interest 20

457 193 Robert Altman, director 19

457 347 Rod Stewart, singer 19

457 x Rupert Everett, actor 19

457 473 Rush Limbaugh, talk-show host 19

457 x Sophia Loren, actress 19

457 x Janet Jackson, singer 19

457 x Jennifer Tilly, actress 19

457 403 Jenny McCarthy, actress 19

457 257 Jesse Nash, celebrity journalist 19

457 x John Kluge, media executive 19

457 x John Leguizamo, actor 19

457 302 John Gotti Sr., mobster 19

457 x Johnny Carson, ex-TV personality 19

457 347 Mica Ertegun, socialite 19

457 x Michael Stipe, singer 19

457 217 Mickey Rourke, actor 19

457 x Mike Myers, actor 19

457 x Ashley Hamilton, actor 19

457 x Bill Rollnick, newspaper editor 19

457 12 Bob Dole, retired Senator 19

457 x Carrie Fisher, actress-writer 19

457 126 Colin Powell, retired general 19

457 217 David Koch, financier 19

457 x David Westin, media executive 19

457 153 Dennis Hopper, actor 19

457 x Eric Clapton, singer 19

457 x Harry Belafonte, singer-actor 19

457 x Harry, Prince of England 19

457 x Julia Koch, socialite 19

457 x Kelly Preston, actress 19

457 x Kurt Vonnegut Jr., writer 19

457 x Laurence Fishburne, actor 19

457 x Lee Radziwill, socialite 19

457 x Louise Grunwald, socialite 19

491 x Khalil Rizk, rare art dealer 18

491 x Kitty Carlisle Hart, socialite 18

491 x Laura Dern, actress 18

491 x Lesley Stahl, TV journalist 18

491 302 Liv Tyler, model-actress 18

491 x George Foreman, retired boxer 18

491 x Dean Martin, actor 18

491 x Emily Watson, actress 18

491 384 Bruce Springsteen, singer 18

491 x Clive Davis, music executive 18

491 31 A.J. Benza, gossip columnist 18

491 x Al Taubman, real estate developer 18

491 199 Antonio Banderas, actor 18

491 x Bernadette Peters, singer-actress 18

491 234 Bijou Phillips, model 18

491 x Molly Ringwald, actress 18

491 x Natalie Cole, singer 18

491 288 Jann Wenner, magazine publisher 18

491 403 Joe DiMaggio, ex-baseball player 18

491 368 Joel Schumacher, director 18

491 x John Berendt, writer 18

491 x John Ramsey, murder victim’s father 18

491 x Susan Lucci, actress 18

491 x Tina Turner, singer 18

491 245 Todd Oldham, designer 18

491 x Vanessa Redgrave, actress 18

491 x William Styron, writer 18

491 x Rolonda Watts, talk-show host 18

491 x Rosemary Clooney, singer 18

491 x Rosie Perez, actress 18

491 325 Stephanie, Princess of Monaco 18

491 x Patti LuPone, singer-actress 18

491 419 Paul Wilmot, publicist 18

491 x Boy George, singer 18

491 x Phil Bronstein, newspaper editor 18

491 x Pierre Cossette, producer 18

491 419 Reinaldo Herrera, socialite 18