A recent eBay auction reminds us that it wasn't so long ago that there were no internets with which to conveniently disseminate unsubstantiated rumor and heresay. In this 1989 fax fished out of a dumpster outside David Hockney's Santa Monica studio, a "DIRT ALERT" reports that:
JOHN WATERS TOLD ME LAST NIGHT
HE WENT OUT LAST SUNDAY WITH JODIE
FOSTER & HER "DATE" KIM BASSINGER TO
DYKE NIGHT A[T] PALLETTE, AND THEY WERE/ARE
DEFINATALLY "TOGETHER". Poor KELLY McGILLIS IS HEARTBROKEN!
While there's certainly no way to test the veracity of such a scandalous statement, it is interesting to note that 1989 was the year Basinger left the man she had been married to since 1980, makeup artist Ron Snyder-Britton. (She'd marry Alec Baldwin 4 years later.) It seems to us that if she were going to tip her toe into Sapphic waters, the perfect time to have done so would have been moments after breaking free from nine years of unsatisfying, heterosexual matrimony. It further follows that Foster, who was still riding a man-hating career high from her Oscar-winning performance in The Accused, would provide a sensible choice of A-list, female companionship.