Hollywood’s political odd couples

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Hollywood celebrities continue to pucker up to Bill Clinton and his party, giving $4.7 million to Democrats during this election cycle (and just $890,000 to the GOP), including gifts from party veterans such as Barbra Streisand ($71,500 to Democrats) and would-be politicos, like Playboy bunny-cum-MTV host Jenny McCarthy ($1,000 to Clinton/Gore).

But a review of this year’s campaign finance records shows some surprising disputes — and agreements — among famous Hollywood pairings.

Glenn Close tormented Michael Douglas and his family in Fatal Attraction — but had they talked politics, that bunny might still be alive. Douglas ($33,500) and Close ($500) both gave to Democrats. Things aren’t as cozy in Douglas’ real family: His father, actor Kirk Douglas, gave $1,000 to Republican Pete Wilson’s presidential bid.

Steamy moments in Bull Durham aside, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner have played on different political teams — Sarandon contributed $500 to Democrats, while Costner, a switch-hitter, gave $1,000 to GOP hopeful Phil Gramm’s presidential bid and $5,500 to Democrats.

Sylvester Stallone didn’t pack much political punch, with only $500 to the Republicans. But it must disappoint his old Rocky trainer, Burgess Meredith, who gave $200 to the Democrats.

Famously at odds on “All in the Family,” Archie (Carroll O’Connor) and Meathead (Rob Reiner) are in full political agreement, with O’Connor handing over $5,000 to the Democrats and Reiner a whopping $52,500.

But life can imitate art. “The Odd Couple” really do seem to disagree on everything. Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, or Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, gave $1,500 and $200, respectively, to the Republicans and the Democrats, respectively.

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