Streisand first on bill for inaugural gala

GOOD MORNING: It’s official–Barbra Streisand is the first performer set to appear on the Clinton inaugural gala, Jan. 19 … Former President Jimmy Carter spends today with the showbiz community starting with lunch at A&M Studios with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss and guests on behalf of Carter’s pet project, Cities & Schools. Next March, Moss will be honored for his work on its behalf. After lunch, Carter catches up with Anne and Kirk Douglas and mayor Tom Bradley at the Anne Douglas Center for homeless women at the L.A. Mission … Congress declares Nov. 30-Dec. 6 “National Education First! Week”–as a result of efforts by co-founders Lynda Guber and Carole Isenberg. During the period, all nets/cables will devote 140 hours programming to education … Last Thursday’s “L.A. Law” on NBC had Shelley Berman playing a Yiddish-accented movie studio executive, the stereotypical caricature of Hollywood moguls of years gone by. The Anti-Defamation League received numerous complaints and regional director David A. Lehrer asked exec producer Rick Wallace for a screening of the show. The script contained words such as “bubbies” (for breasts) and “schtupping” (fornicating), etc. And a line by which the character tells of the tragedy of the Kennedy assassination, adding, “Please let the assassin be a gentile”…”Unbelievable” is what returning WGA delegation members who toured refugee camps in Somalia are saying. Some continued on to observe in Croatia and Bosnia. They’ll relate all Dec. 2, at the guild. We spoke with one returnee of the group hosted by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. He’s screenwriter Richard Friedenberg (“A River Runs Through It,” etc.). He says it’s almost impossible to describe the sights they saw “and the odors with which we became familiar, burning garbage and human feces, children lying like rags, too weak to react,” He said “I saw a 14 year-old girl carried to ‘the dead truck’–I have a 14 year-old daughter.” Two of the WGA company came down with malaria. They saw camps with 55,000 refugees, the numbers growing daily. One camp on the Sudan border held 20,000, expected to grow to 100,000. “And only $ 2 a year will inoculate them. The CARE and Red Cross workers are saints.” What will they do? “Tell stories about it. And the best venue is TV. All we can do is ask people to send money.” On the professional side, Friedenberg’s meeting with Roland Joffe and his “River Runs Through It” cohorts Jake Eberts and Robert Redford–for Redford to direct “The Education of Little Tree”

AIDS CHARITIES CONTINUED to receive benefits from the Hollywood community following the APLA record $ 3.9 million at the U Amphi via parties for Kelly Klein’s fantastic book “Pools” (Alfred A. Knopf). Thursday, Barry Diller, Sandy Gallin and David Geffen hosted a party at the BevHills Hotel pool, Friday, L.A. Style hosted the party at Rizzoli’s bookstore. Author Klein donates all her profits from the book to CFDA-Vogue Initiative N.Y. City AIDS Fund. At the hotel party I noted Steve Tisch, chair of APLA, peeling off greenbacks to contribute by buying the $ 100 book … Despite the cold night, the BevHiills Hotel pool was splashed by the U.S. Olympic water polo team and ’96 hopefuls plus the U.S. synchronized swimming inc. group. Watching them was–Esther Williams. (She also wrote the book’s foreword). Esther claimed she knew the young swimmers’ mothers! Williams noted, “You have to be stronger to swim pretty (synchronized) than to swim fast.” She observed the Calvin Klein swimwear models who paraded about in the brief swimsuits, and said that her ’93 swimwear line will be “like a piece of wardrobe”–to be worn under blazers, pants suits, etc. “day or night.” Calvin Klein, on hand at the party with his author-wife, was happy birthday-caked on his 50th.

LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON, the Writers Committee of the Academy voted to change the credit on “Roman Holiday” to Dalton Trumbo and recommended to the Academy’s Board that the Oscar be presented to his widow, Cleo … Tomorrow, the Acad holds its tribute to “Family Values: The Kanins and the Movies–Fay and Michael Kanin, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Together and Alone.” And on hand with their respective credits will be: Ginger Rogers (“Tom, Dick and Harry”), Jack Lemmon (“It Should Happen to You”), Shelley Winters (“A Double Life”), Bud Cort (“Harold and Maude”) and Martin Starger (“Friendly Fire”) … Wellington Webb, mayor of Denver, guests with Arsenio Hall tonight to express his opposition to his state’s passage of Amendment 2 which rescinds local gay rights ordinances … The death of John Foreman has saddened the creative community, still in mourning from the many passings of the past month. Foreman was a talented, tasteful man with a rare quality in this emotional business. He will be missed … Jeramie Dreyfuss, Susie Field and Deborah McElwaine, co-founders of Mothers Touch charity, were honored by Children’s Hospital of L.A. at an awards breakfast, Friday at the BevHilton … Shannen Doherty signed autographs for two hours at Bullock’s BevCenter’s launching of Perry Ellis””Lose Your Blues” denim drive benefiting the national coalition for the homeless.

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