Limbaugh goes legit for ‘Follies’ cameo

GOOD MORNING: Rush Limbaugh is headed to B’way–in the “Will Rogers Follies.” No, he’s not replacing Marla Maples. Producer Pierre Cossette invited Limbaugh to play the (brief) Wiley Post role–“Let’s go flyin’, Will.” The rushed reply from Rush was an enthusiastic yup and a request for a start sked. No political ad libs, please … Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis wound up their campaigning for George Bush as of yesterday (Arnold starts “The Last Action Hero” Monday). But Demo celebs are pounding the pavements this weekend: Paula Poundstone, Jennifer Grey, Richard Lewis, Holly Robinson, Anne Marie Johnson and Callie Khouri. And the satellite show Sunday from the Meadowlands includes Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Kathleen Turner, Gregory Hines, Michael Bolton. Mary Steenburgen, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Stills head on to Little Rock, election night. Others will be here at the Biltmore or SanFran’s Fairmont … Popular Arts Entertainment, which created Wednesday p.m.’s Candlelight Crusade for Change, also produced the “Unofficial Dan Quayle Video”… HRH the Duke of Kent was hosted yesterday by Showscan’s Henry Plitt and at a screening in the Showscan Dynamic Motion Simulator with the thrill ride’s amazing footage. An air marshal, there with the Duke, was equally impressed with an air battle. The duke , president of the Imperial War Museum, bought an installation–and film–for the Duxford Airfield War Museum. It will bow next year and Plitt told me they will start filming battles between a Messerschmidt 109 and Spitfire. Henry is a much-decorated major of the WWII 101st Airborne.

BRANDON TARTIKOFF OFFERED to pay back to Paramount the money for decorating his offices eight months ago! They laughed. Late yesterday, he told me he anticipates being able to come back from New Orleans in about six months. He affirms that New Orleans is the better place for daughter Calla to receive her therapy, and it’s better for wife Lilly that he’s there “instead of having lunch at Le Dome trying to cajole a director into a deal.” Meanwhile, he’ll continue to shuttle diplomacy between there and L.A. until after Lilly’s charity ball on Dec. 2. And promised to attend Daily Variety’s tribute to yours truly Jan. 29 at the BevHilton … Meanwhile, there are so many ex-studio toppers at Paramount, one of ’em noted, “We have more executives here than actors.” The front office Par alumni include indie producers Howard W. Koch, Robert Evans, Sherry Lansing, David Picker, David Kirkpatrick, etc. Evans, who takes claim for putting the then-28-year-old Jaffe in the top spot at Par in ’68, told me, “I pray Stanley comes back on a full-time capacity. No one knows all phases of the business better. And John Goldwyn has the embryo of being a superstar as well–creative people love him”… Jaffe and Martin Davis had winged in yesterday morning for the announcement after attending the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s award to Sherry Lansing at N.Y.’s Marriott Marquis hotel. The award: “in recognition of her personal and professional commitment to education and her efforts in combating racial hatred and bigotry in all their forms and guises.” Stanley Jaffe made the emotional intro to Lansing. She told how her mother, at 17, had escaped Nazi Germany. Much of her family died in camps. Lansing also related her own experiences with anti-Semitism in the U.S. and praised the Wiesenthal Center’s work “to marshal crimes of hatred and intolerance–for all of us”… A planned Gower Gulch “Walk of the Stars” in the mall at Sunset and Gower was warned of infringement on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s trademark “Hollywood Walk of Fame” and “Walk of Fame.” Thus, the Gulch group has decided to now call its sidewalk attraction “Home of the Stars.” And the first recipient will be Paul Rodriguez, on Nov. 7 … Diane English and Joel Shukovsky join the Caucus. On Nov. 8, Ethel Winant will be honored by the group with an Award of Merit at Chasen’s … Friends were saddened to learn that Marjorie Gutterman, widow of agent Mort G. and aunt of Mary Cossette and Susan Kennedy, died Oct. 22. She requested no services … And friends also sadly report that Mal Milland, wife of the late Ray Milland, also passed away earlier this month.

IT’S A TRIPLE CELEBRATION, Nov. 6-8 at UCLA for graduating classes of 1941, ‘ 42 and ’43, with the finale, a ’40s big band dance in the new Griffin Commons building. Among the alumni of these classes, Ernie Martin, William Schallert, Bob Thomas and yours truly … N.Y. Daily News alumna Nancy Stedman segues to Redbook as entertainment editor … Daily Variety alumnus Rick Setlowe’s adventure novel “The Black Sea” (Ticknor & Fields) was sold to Japan’s Hayakawa Shobo publishers for several million–yen … That’s showbiz dept.: Writer Roger Lowenstein was just set for the staff of “L.A. Law”–which airs opposite “Knots Landing,” produced by–Lowenstein’s wife, Barbara Corday … Spelling Ent. CEO Ronald Lightstone and wife Nancy join the Permanent Charities Committee Campaign Cabinet.

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