GOOD MORNING: It’s now set for the Bill Clintons to houseguest a few days with the Harry Thomasons at the latters’ newly rented home in Summerland, Calif. , starting Friday … The show must go on–at the White House: On the eve of his mother’s funeral, George Bush and wife Barbara winged in from Camp David to preside over ABC’s “National Literacy Honors” in the East Room of the White House with hosts Edward James Olmos, Gerald McRaney, Delta Burke, Shannen Doherty and Clint Holmes … There’s a record-setting waiting list for this year’s Kennedy Center Honors (Dec. 6), reports George Stevens Jr., who produces with Don Mischer. Howcum? “People want to get back in circulation,” said Stevens. “People want to be seen out again”… The Gregory Pecks will be at the Honors again. This time he’s a presenter–to conductor/musician Mstislav Rostropovich. “Musicians are my favorite people,” says Peck. His musical friends include Isaac Stern and Zubin Mehta (with whom he dined Saturday at L’Orangerie). Peck points out that musicians, in turn, are great movie fans. “They are on the road touring so much, they spend afternoons going to the movies”… Peck’s TNT “The Portrait” with Lauren Bacall and Cecilia Peck airs Feb. 13 … Ross Perot’s being pitched by George Schlatter for a “non-political, socially aware” TVer like his (Schlatter’s) 1980 “Speak Up America” hourlong spex, which were hosted by Marjoe Gortner and Jayne Kennedy … At yesterday’s A&M luncheon for Cities in Schools, boasting former President Jimmy Carter as speaker, it was announced Jerry Moss would be the CIS honoree at an April 14 fundraiser here … And Carol Channing, the original “Hello, Dolly!” who sang “Hello, Lyndon” for President Johnson’s campaign, will sing “Hello, Ladybird” at the former first lady’s 80th birthday party Dec. 5 at the LBJ Library party.
JOHNNY CARSON’S LEARNING SWAHILI–for a trek to Africa in Jan. Don’t getsmart–it’s part of his prolonged vacation. He still has no definite plans to return to work. But he does go to his new offices a few times a week. Boy, is there mail to answer! … Irving Lazar’s recuped enough from his bout with pneumonia–to visit wife Mary at Cedars-Sinai, the latest pneumonia sufferer … Following Woody Allen’s appearance Sunday on “60 Minutes,” every net news anchor and every talkshow host from Barbara Walters and Maria Shriver to Geraldo, has besieged Mia Farrow to respond to Woody’s statements to “60’s” Steve Kroft–who also asked, unsuccessfully, for Mia to respond. Farrow maintains she’ll answer “in the appropriate legal form at the appropriate time,” but allows, “It is tragic that Woody Allen continues to damage his own friends, family and people that he professes to love.” Allen’s delivery of his answers on “60 Minutes” made him sound as if he were playing a character in his pix … The male lead in “Shadowlands” for producer-director Richard Attenborough is Anthony Hopkins, who is winding “The Remains of the Day” for Merchant-Ivory and Mike Nichols today. He plays a butler. Attenborough winds his role as the eccentric millionaire amusement-park owner in “Jurassic Park” for Steven Spielberg in three days–in time for the screenings of his (Attenborough’s) “Chaplin.” About working with the (Stan Winston-created) dinosaurs, Attenborough adds to the adage, “An actor should never work with animals, children, Queen Victoria–or dinosaurs”… Steve Forrest must have set some record Sunday night: At 8:25 on CBS’ “Murder, She Wrote” he was bumped off, and at 9:20 on ABC’s “Columbo” Steve was also demised.
FAMILY STYLE: The Tisch families (Larry and Bob’s children, grandchildren) reunion in Jerusalem on Thanksgiving to donate a zoo and botanical garden … In order to see her children, Tyne Daly commutes to L.A. from N.Y. after each Sunday performance of the National Actors’ Theater’s “The Seagull” at the Lyceum , returns to N.Y. in time for Tuesday’s curtain … Vivian and Bruce Weitz welcomed son Joseph Nathan W. Nov. 19 at Cedars-Sinai … At the Hollywood Foreign Press confab for “Mr. Saturday Night,” David Paymer, terrif as Billy Crystal’s brother, told how he was ecstatic after getting a phone call from Billy telling him he’d won the role. Then, a second call came in, saying, “This is Billy Crystal, did someone just call pretending to be me?” After a deafening silence, Billy added, “Just kidding. Gotcha!”… Hector Elizondo, who has served as “honorary manager of the BevWilshire” since his classic portrayal in “Pretty Woman,” arrives home from Morocco locations of WB’s “Being Human” in time to flip the switch (along with B.H. Mayor Robert Tannenbaum) for the Christmas lighting from atop the BevWilshire hotel. Rodeo Drive’s skedded to be snowed in for a party to benefit Children’s Hospital … The Laugh Factory hosts free Thanksgiving dinners for struggling comics, actors and the needy in the Hollywood community … Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen will act as waiters at the Mission at Thanksgiving and Christmas … At the “First Coaches’ Press Conference,” next Monday at Tournament House in Pasadena, the Washington and Michigan coaches will be intro’d by–ABC’s “Coach”–Craig T.Nelson.