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Eisner: Euro Disney’s not dead

GOOD MORNING: “Ridiculous,” says Michael Eisner of reports of Euro Disneyland’s demise. “The English would love to see an American company trip,” he says. Eisner, back from a look at Monsieur Mouse in Paris, said Thursday’s attendance in le parc was (an enormous) 56,000. “It is monumentally successful with the consumer. We’d do it (the $ 3.5 billion investment) all over again.” He claims the year’s figures do not represent a “tremendous loss (to Disney) — don’t forget it is 80% leveraged.” Eisner reminds, “They (doomsayers) said the same thing about Disneyland, Disney World, Epcot and Tokyo. It takes time to be accepted in a new culture. We are not the least bit worried.” But he does remind , “There is a recession, no, a depression in Europe. The franc was not devalued, thus making it more expensive for the British, Spanish, Italians, etc.” As I discovered on my trip to England in May — the British told me it is cheaper to vacation in Florida’s Disney World than in Paris and Euro Disney. Eisner did admit, however, that expansion plans are “obviously” delayed … Meanwhile, Eisner and the Disney’s Mighty Ducks are heating up to hit the ice for their official bow Oct. 8 in Anaheim’s 17,000-seat “Pond.” And Disney will bring a “new level of entertainment to the sports world” both in the 33-day countdown to the season’s start and during the season on the ice — with music, lighting and “live” attractions … Add Disney data, a newly discovered early drawing of Mickey Mouse by Walt, disproving recent published reports about him, will be unveiled today at the Howard Lowery Gallery in Burbank.

YUP, BARBRA STREISAND recorded “I’ve Got a Crush on You” as a possible duet for Frank Sinatra’s Capitol album of priceless pairings. I say “possible” because Streisand added her tracks Tuesday p.m. (at Todd-AO) to Sinatra’s previously recorded half. She’ll listen to the mix and hopefully it’ll work. Plans for the pair to duet go back more than 20 years when a proposal went pfft for a pair of TV spex and albums from each to go to their respective networks (NBC and CBS) and platter labels (Reprise and Columbia). Whatta loss that was! But this could be one for the books as well … Will Doris Day sing live? She’ll host “Doris Day’s Best Friends,” a fundraiser for three children’s charities and her pet foundation in Carmel Oct. 9-10. Among “best friends” signed up for a weekend of golf, tennis and — croquet are Clint Eastwood and Les Brown and his Band of Renown. Clint could also accompany Doris on the piano. The bash will be at the Quail Lodge in Carmel … Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, who just two’d in Turman-Foster’s “The Getaway,” tied the knot Thursday in East Hampton. There’s little time for a honeymoon as he starts “The Shadow” and she p.a.’s “The Real McCoy”… Quincy Jones, partner David Salzman (of Jones’ QDE banner at WB) and producer Steven Haft are developing a Waldo Salt screenplay of “Don Quixote” and Jones says he’d “love to see” Sean Connery in the lead saddle. Jones is returning from interactive confabs in D.C. and Maine meanderings for the Aug. 24 launch party of his Vibe mag at the downtown Mayan theater … Elizabeth Taylor’s taking it easy in preparation for a two-month tour of her new perfumes, Sapphires and Diamonds, Rubies and Diamonds and Emeralds and Diamonds, plus her AIDS benefit Sept. 30 in SanFran followed by one in Toronto.

TOMMY LEE JONES GOES TO BAT as Ty Cobb following his home run performance as Samuel Gerard, Harrison Ford’s relentless pursuer in “The Fugitive”… Coincidentally, I got a call from the original Gerard, 75 years young Barry Morse, who starred in the TV series as pursuer of David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble. Morse is in Toronto co-starring in William Shatner’s “TekWar” for the Universal Action Network. Morse, hale and hearty, admitted he hasn’t had time to see the bigscreen feature because he’s busy — when not in front of the “TekWar” cameras he performs his one-man show there for senior citizens’ Performing Arts Lodges. He is besieged by media wherever he goes since the movie’s smash bow and revival of the “Fugitive” series interest as well … Jeanne Cooper receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today from her son Corbin Bernsen, who plays Arnold Becker on “L.A. Law.” Cooper’s played Katherine Chancellor Sterling on “The Young and the Restless” since the soaper preemed in ’73 … Daryl Hickman bows his THECL Theater Co.’s presentation of Philip Barry’s 1928 “Holiday” Saturday in Santa Barbara with Barry’s widow, Ellen (94), in the audience with her son, Philip Barry Jr. And coincidentally, Barry Jr. met his wife Patricia (of ABC’s “Loving” soap) when she was starring in “Holiday” in Montclair, N.J., some 30 years ago. They married a year later. Hickman, directing the play on four weekends, is hoping for funding from longtime friends in Hollywood to continue his legit program up there … Susan Blakely stars in Jean-Charles Tacchella’s (“Cousin, Cousine”) “Seven Sundays” with Molly Ringwald, Rod Steiger , Marie-France Pisier and Thierry Lhermitte.

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