GOOD MORNING: “I’m a survivor,” Loni Anderson sadly told me Tuesday. “But I’m a very lucky lady — I have my son Quinton, my daughter (from her previous marriage) and granddaughter and very loving friends.” She says she has not heard from Burt Reynolds since he surprised her with divorce proceedings at their home in Florida last week. “But the lawyers are in contact with one another. It’s the weirdest,” she admitted, “there had never been any discussion (of a divorce) before that. It was a total surprise.” She said whatever problems Reynolds was having on the “Evening Shade” set, he never brought it home to her. Anderson says she has made no demands or requests to her lawyers –“so far.” She is living at the (rented) Reynolds’ home with Quinton (5). And busy taking him to day camp. “He’s studying gymnastics — and computers,” she bragged. ‘We’re both doing very well.” Loni admits she was “surprised” Reynolds gave the story of his divorce filing to the Enquirer … She plans no magazine interviews — yet — to tell all (whatever that is?) but she was posing for a new set of photos yesterday …”I’m lucky I have my series, ‘Nurses,’ to start (for Witt/Thomas) July 26.” She plays a hospital administrator — not in nurse’s uniform. Loni recalled she had previously been a costumed nurse in the “Section 8″ series and a candy striper in “Hot Toddy,” the Thelma Todd story. Anderson will also appear in “Empty Nest,””Nurses’ ” lead in. “I’m looking forward to going back to comedy right now,” Loni noted.NANCY REAGAN CALLED EDIE WASSERMAN to explain her absence from tonight’s “Sleepless in Seattle” preem honoring Mrs. W. and benefiting the MPTV Fund. The former First Lady, while performing her daily exercise routine, was hurt, resulting in torn ligaments in her left ankle. The ankle was treated with leg wraps and brace and Nancy is under doctor’s orders to cut back her normally active sked for the next two weeks … Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, Cathy Goldberg, marries Michael Busch, formerly of the Bush administration, Saturday in Chi … With his broken foot on the mend, Tommy Tune taps into L.A. after all –“Tommy Tune Tonite!” bows at the Wilshire Theatre Sept. 7-12 …”Forever Plaid” stays at the Canon through Aug. 15 — mebbe longer. The “Plaids” join Sunday’s Gay Pride parade and July 1, they entertain at Dick Riordan’s inaugural ceremony at City Hall. “Plaid” producer Veronica Chambers brings “Shear Madness” to the Santa Monica Improv in mid-October. The U.S.’ longest-running straight play, by Bruce Jordan and Marilyn Abrams, has played 14 years in Boston, 10 in Chi and six in D.C … Ernest Chambers, exec producer of “Dennis the Menace,” is talking his next comic book feature, “Broom Hilda” at Twentieth … Mickey Rooney joins “Will Rogers Follies” on B’way July 6 (he worked with Rogers in “County Chairman” when he, Rooney, was 8 years old). Rooney then heads to San Fran boards Dec. 19 in “Lend Me a Tenor,” segues into “Sugar Daddy’s Scandals” with Jane Summerhaze. And if Rooney’s not busy enough — he’s talking to Tommy Tune about “Mickey and Judy” with book to be written by Peter Stone … The Screen Actors Guild moves into three floors of new offices Aug.1 in the Museum Square at 5757 Wilshire Blvd., across the street from Daily Variety … Jason Kane has departed the Columbia Bar & Grill, where he’s a partner. The eatery’s reviewing adding a branch in Pasadena in the neighborhood where Kevin Costner’s bowing a 12,000-square-foot eatery. NORMAN BROKAW WAS TOASTED on his 50th year with the William Morris Agency with a dinner party at Hillcrest Country Club. The agency was also celebrating its 95th year. In non-Hollywood-like fashion the SRO evening was attended by no celebs — only agency members and their wives. And the theme were these words remembered by Abe Lastfogel: “The only thing constant in show business is change. We’ll keep right on changing, too. The youth of our company is our priceless heritage”… Be forewarned. The invite for the Friars’ celeb stag roast honoring Roseanne Arnold, Sept. 21 at the BevHilton, notes: “Discretion advised. Blue language the order of the day.” And the Friars repeat their warning for the X-rated roast of Jack Palance June 30 at the Club with Steve Allen as roastmaster. But no such warning for the Friars evening with Steve Allen and his TV family, Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Louis Nye, Pat Harrington and Bill Dana, Aug. 14, also at the Club … The New Yorker mag invited more than 100 artists and writers to Spago to toast artist Robert Irwin and writer Lawrence Weschler. The artists included Ed Ruscha, Mark Tansey, George Herms and Matt Groening. And among the writers, Arthur Danto, Marshall Frady, David Freeman (writer of the current New Yorker piece on Billy Wilder — who was there), Judy Gingold, etc. … At nearby tables at Nicky Blair’s: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris … Dove Audio’s Michael Viner inked with Academy Entertainment to distrib Dove’s feature “Morning Glory” starring Deborah Raffin and Christopher Reeve for release in October. It first screens at the Deauville fest in September.
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