GOOD MORNING: Helen Kushnick’s talking entering the political arena. The Burbank alumna lunched with longtime friend Mayor Tom Bradley to discuss her future arena. Kushnick says she also would like to serve on commissions for pediatric AIDS, education and/or Rebuild L.A. programs. And would help Kathleen Brown if she runs for governor. When Kushnick appeared on the Phil Donahue show, she asided she had created a green (play)room for children who arrived with their celeb-parents guesting on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Kushnick said her 12-year-old daughter Sara had decorated the room and donated her collection of stuffed animals for the kiddies’ room. Kushnick announced on Donahue’s show that NBC hadn’t returned the toys when they “barred me from the studio.” Fade out, fade in: Kushnick reports the web just returned the toys–“in two trash bags–no note, nothing”… The Tony Awards will be exec produced by Gary Smith June 6 (tentative date) on CBS. Smith is a five-time Emmy winner and four-time producer of “The People’s Choice Awards.” And his legit experience dates back to his highschool days when he worked on B’way musicals as a paint boy in a scenic studio … Stefanie Powers and French agricultural biologist Patrick de la Chesnais will wed April 1 on a ranch in Kenya. Over 200 friends will wing in for the ceremony. They include R.J. Wagner and wife Jill St. John. Wagner and Powers , who have toured “Love Letters,” will continue with five cities in January after benefits in the play at Palm Springs and Palm Beach. They’ll then team in an untitled telepic for Jordan Kerner. Locations include filming aboard the Orient Express. Wagner just wound the feature “Deep Trouble” in the South of France. March 4, Powers receives the Sara Siddons award in Chi. And Nov. 25, she receives her star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, next to Marilyn Monroe’s. Powers was awarded her star in 1984–but this is her first chance to be on hand to receive it. She just winged in from Shanghai, where she was guest of honor at their film fest. Powers also maintains a flat in London. When asked where she’ll live after her marriage, she said, “I have no idea.”
GOING TO DISNEYLAND? “No, I’m going to–Nicky Blair’s,” said Barry Bonds after winning the National League’s most valuable player award. And sure enough, Bonds; his father, baseball great Bobby; agent Dennis Gilbert and most valuable runner-up Garry Sheffield showed up at Nicky’s to the delight of diners, who included Joe Pesci, Yolanda and Anthony Quinn and their two sons. Also Tina Sinatra, celebrating the “Sinatra” success, told me their production group still cannot get off the high of working–succeeding– together. Philip Casnoff, who turned in the terrif portrayal of Sinatra, said everyone he sees now “tells me their ‘Sinatra experience.’ ” Casnoff has yet to see Sinatra perform “live”–but hopes to see him next month when F.S. plays the Desert Inn on his 77th birthday, Dec. 12. “I would love to have dinner with him.” Casnoff and wife Roxanne Hart (a recurring role in “Dream On”) are expecting their second son any day … James Woods, also celebrating the accolades and the CableAce nominations for “Citizen Cohn,” says he hopes “in this celebration we do not forget Mark Rosenberg’s work.””Cohn” was the first outing for Woods’ banner, Breakheart, with Rosenberg’s Spring Creek. “We became friends forever on the making of it,” adds Woods … Patti Page first recorded “Doggie in the Window” in 1952 for Mercury. Forty years later, she recorded a new version–this time with the 80 -piece Cincy Pops Symph conducted by Erich Kunzel. All the normally staid classical musicians even barked on cue … And Hadda Brooks, at the Vine St. Bar & Grill, signed with DRG for her first album in almost 30 years. Meanwhile, Virgin/EMI acquired her original Modern Records masters of the ’40s and ’50s for a CD.
A HIGHLY EMOTIONAL SALLY KIRKLAND called to express her joy on learning firsthand from Robert Redford that her debut-exec produced “Paper Hearts” was accepted for screening at Sundance. And Redford will host it, added Kirkland. Rod McCall directed. The movie also stars James Brolin and Kris Kristofferson. Kirkland next produces-stars in “No Goodbyes”–“in a role originally written for a man,” she adds. But first–she guestars in “Roseanne’s” Christmas show as the mother of Darlene’s boyfriend … Music managers Andi Howard and Bob Ring will don full Polynesian attire to wed in a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony in Bora Bora April 15. A Tahitian tribal chief will create the ideal marriage of music-managers … Evelyn and Charles Aidikoff celebrate their 50th wedding (traditional, that is) anniversary with family at the Four Seasons, tomorrow … Capitol Records’ praiser Vicki Arkoff (also a Daily Variety alumna) is engaged to marry writer Bill Yurdin … The second annual Ruth Berle Celeb Golf Classic tees off tomorrow at the Rancho Mirage C.C.–with a show at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage headlined by Miltie, of course. Players include Bob Wagner, James Woods, Jack Palance, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Carter, Tom Dreesen and auctioneer Monty Hall.