Registered: Apr 2003
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Nicollette, the desperate fishwife
Not much is expected of your intellect when you are a busty blonde actress. But sending back a plate of sushi because it is 'too fishy' probably marks a low point even for the Barbie dolls of Hollywood.
British actress Nicollette Sheridan - better known to Desperate Housewives viewers as man-eater Edie Britt - has been banned for life from one of the most exclusive sushi parlours in Los Angeles after getting into a flap over a portion of flounder.
Other diners, including fellow cast member Marcia Cross and Charlie's Angel's star Lucy Liu, witnessed a furious slanging match between Miss Sheridan, 41, and chef Kazunori Nozawa, who is renowned for his raw fish creations.
"I brought her some delicious flounder and she tried to send it back," Nozawa revealed. "She said she didn't like it and it was too fishy. I explained that if she didn't like it then she didn't have to eat it. She began screaming at me, telling me how awful I was. I told her, 'No, I am angry with you! You need to get out now and never come back."
Nasty lady star
"TV star or not, I never want to see her again."
Miss Sheridan - who was born in Bognor Regis - is undoubtedly used to being spoiled now that she is the star of the hit TV series, shown here on Channel 4.
But in Nozawa she chose a host notorious for his lack of tolerance for diva diners.
A regular at his restaurant said: "Everyone who eats at Sushi Nozawa knows the rules. You eat what chef brings you. If you don't like it, you certainly don't complain and try to send it back. You order something else."
Another guest gave his view of events saying: "Nicollette screamed that he couldn't treat people like that and called him a 'weird old man'. Then Nozawa screamed at her, 'You're nasty nasty lady star. That's it. Get out. You are banned for life. No sushi for you!'."
But, as with any Hollywood spat, a somewhat different version of events was given by the star's publicist.
"Nicollette was hungry for sushi and asked Marcia Cross to join her," said spokesman Nicole Perna. "Marcia had already eaten but said she would keep Nicollette company. When the chef realised Marcia was not eating he told her she had to give up her seat. Nicollette offered to pay the price of a meal so her friend could stay with her. But the chef said No. He said if Marcia didn't eat, they had to leave. Nicollette told him that was ridiculous. She told him he can't treat people that way and then Nicollette and Marcia went somewhere else. Nicollette never even got her food and she told him she'd never come back."
- Daily Mail