GOOD MORNING: Firsthand reports from friends in the path of Hurricane Andrew include a conversation with Lilly (Mrs. Brandon) Tartikoff, who drove north for five hours through rain and lightning with daughter Calla (9) and her nanny after being evacuated from New Orleans, where the youngster’s undergoing therapy from last year’s auto accident. “It was frightening–we didn’t know where we would get in, people were being turned away everywhere. We tried in Jackson, Miss., but everything was full there, too.” Finally, they were able to get a reservation (thanks to Par’s travel dept.) in a Vicksburg, Miss., inn. “People were heading as far as Memphis.” Husband Brandon was en route here from London when he learned of the hurricane’s path. He’ll join his family in New Orleans–if they can all return there. Otherwise, they will reunion here. He knew about hurricanes’ destructive force from days at NBC when “Miami Vice” was shooting in Florida. And he also reminded us that all the networks’ Saturday morning cartoon programs were crippled by monsoons in the Far East, where all the artists work. … In London, Tartikoff viewed “1492” and put a lock on it. “Now, no one can accuse me of putting in wild lines–after I see ‘Columbus’ ” (which he’ll see this week). Ridley Scott’s Par movie has “epic quality,” he promises, and “Depardieu is breathtaking.” It opens Oct. 9, in time for the 500th anni of Columbus Day Late yesterday in Orlando, the Viacom troupe of Fox-TV’s “Key West” was still awaiting word whether/when they’d return to their location in Key West. Jennifer Tilly, who co-stars, said they were unable to learn whether any sets were still standing. “We know there’s still no power,” she said. Viacom had chartered a plane Sunday to wing the company out of the hurricane’s path. No commercial flights were available. Viacom also got the troupe into the Orlando hotel–because, said Tilly, they keep a year-round account there. Everything was filled to capacity. “It was harrowing,” she said of the Sunday departure. “The house was shaking, torrents of rain blinded us as we drove to the airport with lightning flashing all around us. Then it would get still and creepy and the sky would turn an eerie green. You felt in your bones something weird was happening.” She packed an overnight bag and got out.
IN BETWEEN the legal aspects of his life, Woody Allen is able to conduct the business of his next movie, “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” with producer Bobby Greenhut. “I can ask him the most mundane questions and he has total focus, even though these are very pasionate times,” Greenhut said late yesterday as Allen and Farrow continued their court appearance talks. “He handles it with incredible aplomb. But the personal problems make the professional day a little longer,” Greenhut admitted. “M.M.M.” starts Sept. 14 with a “mid-teens” budget, as had “Husbands and Wives.” It is a “pure comedy” as opposed to a “romantic comedy.””At least the professional side of our lives will be for laughs,” said the producer. Marshall Brickman scripted with Woody, as he had on “Manhattan”–also with Diane Keaton. It will be filmed in N.Y., natch, and Elaine’s will be one of the locations. The eatery was where Bobby Zarem introduced Mia Farrow to Woody in 1979 when we saw her make her B’way bow in “A Romantic Comedy”–in which Anthony Perkins did a nude (from the rear) scene. … And talking of Elaine’s, Monday night, Barbra Streisand was there with Nick Wechsler (“sex, lies, and videotape”), Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Morgan Entrekin. … Robin Williams taped a seg for Whoopi Goldberg’s new talk’er. And he was also back on the Fox lot to loop “Toys.” Robin’s Blue Wolf banner had set “Madame Doubtfire” at 20th before inking his TriStar pact. … Allan Carr’s home from Cedars-Sinai treatments but will have to return to undergo back surgery in the future Henny Youngman is A-OK, now with a pacemaker, and continuing his State Fair one-niters. Jerry Hammer’s penned a Youngman B’way’er, “Take My Wife, Please.”
EMMY WINNER (“Promise”) Jimmy Woods hands out the best actress/actor awards for longform Sunday. And Woods is an early frontrunner for a nomination next year for HBO’s “Citizen Cohn.” … Rick Pallack is men’s wardrober for Sunday’s Emmys. … Kirstie Alley, co-host and nominee, will again be decked in Bulgari jewels. She wore ’em last year when she won her first Emmy. … Martha Raye will be 76 tomorrow, but her birthday’s being celebrated with a big bash at the Friars Saturday with a long list of celeb-pals including Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Red Buttons, Jack Jones, Zsa Zsa, Connie Stevens– and a couple of surprises. Mark Harris, who celebrates his first year wedding anni with Martha on Sept. 25, has a Sept. 2 date to tape a one-hour appearance with Jenny Jones. … Carol Connors penned the lyrics to Joe Carbonne’s “Star Search” theme, “You Can Be a Star,” which will be sung (daily) by Timothy Cashion starting Sept. 7. … Tom Dreesen was emotional when his hometown, Harvey, Ill., named 155th Street (two miles long) “Dreesen Street.””We were the poorest people here. I used to shine shoes and deliver papers here,” Tom told me, then added, “My ex-wife wants half of the street named after her.” … Yvonne de Carlo and Sally Kellerman cameo in the sixth seg of Aaron Spelling’s “2000 Malibu Road.”