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Earthquake in L.A. shakes up Hollywood

Earthquake in L.A. shakes up Hollywood

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At this writing, the destruction wrought by the Jan. 17 earthquake in L.A. is still being tallied. But Hollywood and some of its stars were badly shaken by the 6.6 trembler. Here’s what was known at press time:

—ABC’s General Hospital set, on Prospect Avenue in Hollywood, suffered ”substantial water damage,” according to a publicist. The CBS/MTM lot in Studio City was also badly hit, affecting NBC’s Seinfeld. Says a spokeswoman: ”They don’t know when they’ll be back.”

—”Warner Bros. is a wreck,” says a costumer who visited the lot. Another quake casualty could be Paramount’s Clear and Present Danger. Footage was being processed at a local lab when the tremor hit. ”They may have exposed some scenes,” says producer Mace Neufeld.

—According to New York producer Kiki Steel, in L.A. for the Jan. 16 CableACE awards, the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel looked like a celebrity slumber party the night of the quake. Comedy Central execs—all of them in pj’s—commiserated with Al Pacino and Brian Dennehy.

—Universal Studios Hollywood closed its earthquake ride, but only temporarily. ( ”The ride is build to withstand an 8.3 earthquake,” says a park spokesman. ”So if a (real) earthquake should happen while people are inside it, they probably wouldn’t know the difference.”

—One celeb enjoyed the quake. ”I found the shaking comforting,” says model Elle MacPherson. ”I was in bed when I heard the hotel announcement (to evacuate). I was like, ‘I’ve got to take my jewelry!’ Then I realized I wasn’t dressed, so I put on a robe.”