GOOD MORNING: Continuing to clean the slate of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo: The agenda of the Nov. 20 meeting of the Executive Committee of the Writers Branch of the Academy includes the matter of Trumbo’s Oscar for “Roman Holiday.” The Writers Guild last year established that he had indeed written the story–for which Ian McLellan Hunter received the Oscar. Fay Kanin, who chairs the Writers Branch, told me, “I’m going to be very friendly to correct that wrong.” The committee will more than likely be recommended to the Acad Board to make the Oscar presentation, posthumously, to Trumbo’s widow as it has in the past–to other blacklisted, Oscar-camouflaged writers, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson … The Academy is planning a Nov. 24 tribute, “Family Values: The Kanins in the Movies,” saluting Fay and Michael Kanin, Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon …”No one bitched–they are a wonderful crew,” confirms “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” producer Beth Sullivan who asked the TV troupe to work 19 days straight–so CBSeries star Jane Seymour can complete the season in time to make a Nov. 15 court date in Bath, England. She’s a witness in the case vs. George Mendoza Jr., charged with blackmailing Seymour. The vidcompany has two more segs to complete the season’s 11 commitments, and Sullivan said, “We found it would be more economical to work straight through rather than shutting down and picking up–during the holiday season. The crew was wonderful and positive in their cooperation.” The series launches during the holiday season–happily when Seymour also hosts the Rose Parade. James Keach will accompany Seymour to England for the trial ordeal. During filming earlier this month (Oct. 17), Sullivan married series costar Jim Knobeloch with the show’s “Medicine Man,” Larry Sellers, a high priest of the Lakota tribe, performing the ceremony at Seymour’s home. Boy, is this show all in the family! … For the first time since 1976 in “Sherlock Holmes in N.Y.,” Roger Moore’s in front of TV cameras–this time as star and co-exec producer for U-ABC’s “The Man Who Wouldn’t Die,” shooting in Vancouver. Before heading home to Switzerland, Moore attends the BevHills Rizzoli bookstore opening and debut of pal Michael Caine’s “What’s It All About?” (Turtle Bay).DURING HIS RECUPERATION in Palm Springs, Frank Sinatra viewed daughter Tina’s five-hour “Sinatra” CBS miniseries. “It had the same effect on him as it did on Mom,” Tina tells me. “He was very moved.” He also noted that Philip Casnoff did a “wonderful job” portraying him, and Sinatra praised director James Sadwith and Tina. And WB inked her to a new deal even before mini’s airings Nov. 8 and 10. She’s signed to an exclusive TV pact and non-exclusively for features–she’s developing a movie with Joel Silver. Tina, who missed seeing her father at RCMH when he had to cancel (returns this weekend), said she’ll be up for his Dec. 9- 13 Desert Inning–specifically his 77th birthday, Dec. 12 … Frances Fisher stars in her third Henry Jaglom movie, “Baby Fever.” Her two previous outings were “Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?” and “Lucky Ducks,” both of which Fisher did before “Lucy and Desi–Before the Laughter.” Co-starring is Mrs. Jaglom, Victoria Foy–who welcomed Jaglom daughter Sabrina a year ago … Suzanne Pleshette co-stars in Dean Hargrove’s next two-hour Dick Van Dyke Mystery Movie, for CBS, “A Twist of the Knife” with Jerry London directing … Patty Duke joins Melissa Gilbert in CBS’ telepic, “A Family of Strangers”… And Lisa Hartman stars in Green/Epstein’s CBS true TV movie, “The Shelly Matthews Story” about the mother accused of murdering her child … David Labiosa, a Vietnam hero in “An American Story,” segues to play a white slaver in “The Edge of Innocence.” TOM BOSLEY UNDERWENT angioplasty Tuesday at St. Agnes’ hospital in Fresno. He was starring on location in the ABC After School Special, “Parsley Garden.” Late yesterday, Bosley was reported doing fine and in good spirits. The final scene of the TV’er will be shot here in L.A. when Tom is completely recuped … There wasn’t a dry eye in the SRO house: The high esteem in which Marty Klein was held was evident by the terrif turnout of coast-to-coast industry leaders, clients, friends and family yesterday at Hillside. Johnny Cash sang after eulogies by John Candy, Michael Fuchs, Henry Schleiff, Ken Suddelson, Burt Taylor and Pete Kovacs. Longtime pal and client Steve Martin was there but too saddened to speak … Edward James Olmos, Casanova Ace and Antonio helped North Hollywood High students switch from anger to smiles yesterday afternoon … Sign of the times: Chasen’s has started a prix fixe, complete dinner–at $ 35 … Madame Wu is celebrating the 32nd anni of her Santa Monica eatery. On hand to help the anni were longtime customers Henny Backus and Cesar Romero … Young M.C., Christine Lahti,Callie Khouri and other young Demos take over the Palace tonight for a “Five Days to the Future” show and rally … Hadda Brooks (76 today) was voted the Pioneer Award from the Smithsonian-based Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
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