Stars avoid eye contact--Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise are among the elite who reportedly demand people look elsewhere

By Will Lee
Updated March 10, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Some stars are so bright, it’s best to avert your eyes. Recent news reports say a vanguard of Hollywood elite demand that commoners avoid looking right at them. Spokespeople for all, of course, have denied the accusations.

1. Employees at Vegas’ MGM Grand claimed that Barbra Streisand was skittish over direct eye contact while prepping for her sold-out Y2K concert.

2. A quintet of Sylvester Stallone‘s former house staffers filed suit in November, alleging ocular aversion was a job condition.

3. Last month the New York Post cited a wacky rumor from the Magnolia set that there was no peeping at Tom Cruise, who supposedly asked extras to focus their orbs elsewhere.

Why so shy? ”As hard as it is to believe,” says Brown U. media professor Mary Ann Doane, ”these people are trying to keep the public’s eye in a place they’re comfortable with — on screen, rather than in their daily existences.”