The mystery woman who called herself Miranda and became a phone companion to the stars — allegedly striking up friendships with the likes of Billy Joel, Warren Beatty, Quincy Jones, Richard Gere, and Robert De Niro without ever actually meeting most of them — will now be telling her side of the strange story, which was outlined in last December’s Vanity Fair. ”The list of the very powerful men who befriended her is staggering,” says Diane Reverand, publisher of the HarperCollins imprint Cliff Street Books, who is paying Miranda — real name Whitney Walton — a rumored $500,000 for the book. New Line Cinema has optioned Bryan Burrough’s article for De Niro’s Tribeca Films production company; according to a Tribeca spokesman, De Niro is also interested in optioning Walton’s book.
Out Like a Lambs
FBI profiler Candice DeLong, billed by her publisher as ”a real-life Clarice Starling,” will tell her story in what her publisher also says will be the first book ever by a female agent. Martha Levin, publisher of Hyperion, paid a rumored $400,000 for the tentatively titled Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI. DeLong, who as head field profiler in the San Francisco office, worked on the Unabomber and Tylenol poisoning cases, has already achieved literary fame: She was the model for the FBI-agent heroine in Ken Follett’s novel The Hammer of Eden. Her book, which she’ll finish after retiring in July — will be out in April 2001.