H’w’d readies to congratulate Clinton

GOOD MORNING, VOTERS: With Hollywood’s cultural elite anticipating a Clinton win today, his celeb supporters are readying to celebrate coast to coast. Among those arriving (or already arrived) in Little Rock, Ark., are Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and husband Harry, longtime friends and neighbors of Hillary and Bill Clinton–they also produced the Clinton biofilm for the convention. Harry also owns the Thomason Aircraft Co. and doesn’t have a problem getting to and from Little Rock. But Barbra Streisand, who wanted to be in Little Rock tonight, couldn’t be sure of getting back to L.A. in time for tomorrow’s recording session with 60 musicians in advance of her Nov. 18 AIDS Project L.A. concert at the U-Amphi. But those who will be in Little Rock include: Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Dawn Steel and Charles Rovin, Lynda and Peter Guber, Patricia and Mike Medavoy, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Glaser, Mary Steenburgen and Peter Morton. Nancy Hult (Mrs. Sid) Ganis, who arrived in Little Rock yesterday evening, said, “There are lights all over the city–in all the trees. And I’ve never seen so many satellite dishes in my life.” She said a Japanese television reporter on the plane with her said he was there to cover the implication of a Clinton win for Japan … Little Rock, which usually looks deserted even at rush hour, is filled with street vendors selling all kinds of memorabilia. The streets are filled with 20,000 press and their cables and gear … In N.Y., celebs will hie to the Sheraton, where 2,000 are expected … Here, it’s the Biltmore, with private parties in rooms like the Baldwin Suite for Diane Watson. In SanFran, it’s the Fairmont for Barbara Boxer’s loyal … In D.C., John McLaughlin tosses a dinner tonight for guests including Hollywood’s “Dave” troupe, who’ll segue to the Omni hotel for Ron Brown’s Demo National Committee gathering. The Hollywoodians include Sigourney Weaver, Ivan Reitman, Ben Kingsley, Gary Ross, Lauren Shuler-Donner … Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the House, winged in from Boston to tape a guestint in the WB movie. He regaled the “Dave” company with tales of past elections. Tomorrow, the company locations in the Richmond, Va., State Legislature–doubling for the House of Representatives … Dick Crenna, who played Ross Perot in “On Wings of Eagles” and intro’d him at Sunday’s giant Long Beach Perot rally, admitted it was a new experience “with 35 cameras pointing at you. It was nerve-wracking.” Crenna claimed he owed Perot “a debt of gratitude–he shored up the process.” Will Crenna vote for Perot? “I told him I’ll be at the polls,” he only admitted. Crenna added, “And I don’t like my President calling the other candidates ‘Bozos.’ ”

RICHARD NIXON WILL GET AN INVITE from George Schlatter to be a guest on his 25th anni of “Laugh-In” taping for NBC Jan. 15. Nixon, you recall, was one of the surprise celebs who actually one-lined “Sock It to ME?” on the irreverent “L-I” series. The clip of Nixon was one of those shown at Sunday p.m.’s Scott Newman Center hilarious tribute to George at the BevHilton. Paul Newman himself hosted, told jokes, played piano with Henry Mancini, etc. Schlatter said he admired Newman more than anyone in showbiz –“Because he was the only actor who made President Nixon’s enemy list. He was No. 17. How I wanted to be on that list,” said George. Jack Haley Jr. and Maria Schlatter produced the show. Jack’s next is the tribute to Phil Donahue, Nov. 15 on NBC … The night raised over $ 200,000 for the Newman Foundation. One of the performers was 13-year-old Will Demers, a Hole in the Wall Gang Member (kids with cancer) who knocked out the crowd with his trumpeting. The celebs who followed: Dinah Shore, Lily Tomlin (great as Ernestine), Goldie Hawn (as funny and as cute as in “Laugh-In” days), Gary Owens (with hand cupped behind his ear, natch), Aaron Spelling, Nellie Lutcher, Chevy Chase, Suzanne de Passe, Sarah Purcell, Berry Gordy, Alan Thicke, Pierre Cossette, Buz Kohan, Martin Short.

THE THALIANS RAISED OVER $ 600,000 for their Mental Health Clinic at Cedars-Sinai at their Ms. Wonderful tribute to Angela Lansbury at the Century Plaza. Phyllis Berkett and Ilene Gerber co-chaired the evening. Debbie Reynolds, president, and Ruta Lee, chairman of the board, duo’d “Bosom Buddies” (intro’d by Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur on B’way). Lyle Waggoner was guest auctioneer, and Shelley Winters won a Ford Probe in the raffle … Gerold Franks produced/directed the show reprising Lansbury’s remarkable career … Yesterday, Ben Vereen lunched with Gary Smith at the Columbia Bar & Grill. They talked Ben’s return to the biz. (He’ll guest with Arsenio Hall tomorrow). Vereen looks great … Dick Donner and wife Lauren Shuler-Donner’s “Free Willy” for WB got a smash recruit showing at the General Cinema in Sherman Oaks with kids and adults , both giving the PG movie 95% cheers. They want to star 12-year-old Jason Richter in another pic. Jennie Lew Tugend co-produced, Simon Wincer directed this one–and they brought it in on budget.

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