GOOD MORNING: Ask Frances Fisher and Clint Eastwood whether life imitates art — or art imitates life and they answer — yes. They are expecting a baby girl in early September. And Fisher will be seen later this year in “Baby Fever,” Henry Jaglom’s movie about women at a baby shower. Fisher relates the plot: “Everyone’s biological clock is ticking. My character debates whether to have a baby — because of my career — whether it’s the right thing to do. And whether having a baby will enhance my relationship (with the baby’s father) or complicate it.” In the real-life counterpart, Fisher (41) and Eastwood (63) are confident their relationship will be “enhanced.””We are very happy — and together,” Fisher told me. “Everything is great — it couldn’t be better.” Of course, Clint’s children (Allison, 21; Kyle, 24) have been told the news. Allison was with Frances at Monday’s preem of “The Firm,””and she likes the idea of having a little half-sister,” smiled Frances. (Clint is in Texas directing/starring with Kevin Costner in WB’s “A Perfect World.”) Fisher says she plans to resume her career after taking some months off post-baby. “I’m ready to integrate the family and career.” What about getting married? They haven’t yet discussed it — saying there’s too much going on right now. But she agrees that it’s Clint’s “right time.””He won the Oscar(s) and he’s starting a whole new career, as a romantic lead”– in “In the Line of Fire.” (I’ve seen “Fire” and can report to you that Eastwood’s even better than in “Unforgiven”– plus tender, romantic moments with Rene Russo.) As for Fisher, in addition to “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” with Daryl Hannah, she also wound the USA Network’s “Praying Mantis” and the aforementioned “Baby Fever.” Director Jaglom confirmed his “Baby””is about women wanting to have babies in today’s world,” and adds, “I want women to feel it’s not too late.” He admits, “I, too, waited all my life for this (a child).” His wife, Victoria Foyt, stars in “Baby.” And when she was very pregnant two years ago, Jaglom shot a scene of her for a final sequence in the pic that was yet to start. Their daughter, Sabrina, is now 18 months old — and she appears in the grand finale of “Baby Fever”– dancing with her happy mother, Victoria … Another actress-member of that cast is also expecting — but more about her at a later date.
LYLE LOVETT GETTING a haircut? You can catch him getting clipped in a barber shop on the CBS-TV special, “A Day in the Life of Country Music,” which airs during fall sweeps. Forty country stars will appear (billed “randomly”) in the two-hour show produced-written by Kelly Junkermann and exec produced by Ken Kragen and Kitty Moon. Kragen’s writing his 35 years in the biz, “Life Is a Contact Sport” for William Morrow, with USA Today’s Jefferson Graham. June-July are the two most succe$$ful months in Kragen’s career with 10 hours of telepix in production, plus his management biz … And Kenny Rogers will have his biggest year — thanks to his latest venture — Kenny Rogers’ Roasters Chicken, partnered with John Y. Brown of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame. They already boast 1,200 franchises in such places as Florida, Tennessee and Branson, Mo. … Coincidentally, I received a call from Tony Orlando in Branson inviting us down there to the July 4 bow of the $ 10 million Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Theater. The opening day’s titled “America Comes Home.” And all the Branson stars will attend to well-wish Orlando. They include: Kenny Rogers, Andy Williams, Wayne Newton, Jim Stafford, Ray Stevens, the Osmonds, Mel Tillis, Roy Clark, Loretta Lynn — and Stan Musial playing “America the Beautiful” on the harmonica! Orlando, partnered with builder-financier Ron Stenger, bought a home there — he plays six days a week, March-December. “At last,” he says, “I can come home every night from work — and ask my wife, ‘What’s for dinner?’ ”
MILTON BERLE CELEBRATES his 85th birthday a little early — Saturday (the actual date’s the 12th) at the BevHilton during the Poetry Academy’s three-day gathering. Sure, Uncle Miltie’s a poet. So are Muhammad Ali and Dudley Moore, who’ll read their poems at the event underwritten by Michael Bass and Litwak/Bass Prods. … At “The Firm” industry preview, Jerry Weintraub got applause for his performance as income tax chiseler Sonny Capps. How did he get the role? He said he went to the Neighborhood Playhouse (on the G.I. Bill) with director Sydney Pollack. “But I’m no actor,” Weintraub admits. Still — he’s getting offers … Jonathan Silverman will be doing double duty next week as he starts “Teresa’s Tattoo” feature for Cinetel with Mark Rocco producing, and Julie Cypher directing a cast that includes Lou Diamond Phillips, Sean Astin and k.d. lang. Silverman’s on stage at the Hudson at night in Roger Kumble’s “Pay or Play” industry-set play with Dana Ashbrook of “Twin Peaks.” Silverman’s also seen July 5 on the Fox network in “12:01” opposite Helen Slater and next week’s bow of “Weekend at Bernie’s II.”… Mario Machado, no stranger to crime reporting, anchors the Crime Channel bowing July 3 on cable TV’s Channel America TV web.