GOOD MORNING: Things could be worse — if it weren’t for Hollywood. The record U.S. trade deficit of June would have been higher if it weren’t for U.S. movies. Jack Valenti, here last week, confirmed to us that last year’s $ 4 billion surplus, thanks to U.S.-made pix, will be exceeded this year. “American movies are a trade prize — any other country would protect a prize product like the movies.” And that’s what Valenti tries to tell Washington’s solons. “The first quarter is up dramatically — from Asia,” he says, “and will continue to grow.” While here, Valenti’s setting up the MPAA’s 1994-95 budget. Will it be bigger? “That’s what I’m trying to figure out now,” he smiled. Valenti paid a visit to MGM and Frank Mancuso to talk about that studio’s future. He was encouraged. And he also stopped at WB to visit pal Warren Beatty on the “Love Affair” set — where Warren’s day was brightened when Annette Bening brought their daughter Kathlyn on the set. “Warren just melted when he saw her,” smiled Valenti … Bening, by the way, was so touched by “The Joy Luck Club” from Hollywood Pictures, she’s volunteered to host a special screening, Aug. 28, of Wayne Wang’s movie based on Amy Tan’s mother-daughter bestseller … Talking earlier of trade deficit, added good news is the projection that the 1994 World Cup Soccer Championship games in the U.S. will inject $ 4 billion into the U.S. economy. The July 16 Dodger Stadium concert of Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti, produced by Tibo Rudas, is bringing in ticket requests from around the world, with a sellout assured … On the tragic global front, celebs are desperately sought as media spokespersons for the Women and Children of Bosnia. General Assembly of the U.N. prez H.E. Mr. Stoyan Ganev hosts a dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Sept. 10. Call Ilene Proctor at (310) 246-2089.
IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that I report Raymond Burr is desperately ill at his ranch in Northern California. He gallantly wound his final “Perry Mason” movie, reporting for work in a wheelchair in Denver each 4 ayem. He was hospitalized here briefly on its completion, but has now returned to his home … And it is also painful to learn that producer Jere Henshaw underwent surgery last week and is taking chemotherapy at a Pasadena hospital. He had been readying a production start at MGM … Ricardo Montalban is due to return home from the hospital this week, three months after major back surgery. He will undergo therapy at home, where an elevator’s been installed to facilitate his return to those nicer surroundings … And Claudette Colbert got an early 90th birthday present from her friends — an electric wheelchair, in which she spins about her home in Barbados. (Her birthday’s Sept. 13.) She told me she’s walking a little bit more each day. Her voice has its usual, inimitable cheery tone — if somewhat slower as a result of the stroke suffered last April 3. “Well,” she laughed, “it’s nice to be here.” She has regular visitors. “Some stay a few days — some a few weeks ,” she laughed … Attention Steven Spielberg: my friends in the Navy tell me your “seaQuest dsv” is not the only sub with a mixed (scientific and military) crew these days. U.S.S. Fargo (SSN650) is on a three-week scientific deployment under the Arctic icecap, complete with seven scientists from various disciplines. The science team is embarked to gather scientific data for public use. In the past the Navy has collected data during sub operations and shared it with the scientific community, but this is the first time that a nuclear-powered sub has been dedicated to assisting civilian scientists. Could that include Amblin?
A PRODUCTION OF HIS OWN: Dana Carvey was called away from the set of “Wayne’s World 2” Aug. 18 to take wife Paula to Cedars-Sinai, where they welcomed son Thomas C. … Ex-teen idol Michael Gray and non-pro Stacy Benon will wed in early ’94 … Praise agent Richard de Grandcourt and Paty Fitzgerald will marry Wednesday in Las Vegas … Stewart Granger’s longtime friend Rich Little revealed to me that Granger had sold his African souvenirs just weeks before his death to pay for medical expenses. This week Little makes his debut in Branson, Mo., at Andy Williams’ theater, then returns to his regular stand at the Sahara in Vegas … BevHills Mayor Maxwell Hillary (Sonny) Salter, in his hostint at Tatou, sang “Second Hand Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”… Carol Connors debuted her Christmas single, “Everyday Should Be Christmas,” at the Gate’s “Christmas in August” bash. The single will be part of “A Gift of Life” holiday album to benefit children’s hospitals … The Kings’ Luc Robitaille and the Iceoplex celeb hockey game raised $ 100,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund … Bob Uecker is inducted into the Wisconsin Performing Arts Hall of Fame … Add sports note: Gary Owens will host the new Celebrity Bowling show … Beverly D’Angelo stars in the comedy “Lightning Jack” with Paul Hogan and Cuba Gooding Jr., Simon Wincer directing … Robin Givens pacted with the Gersh Agency … John Savage, back after five years in South Africa working for Nelson Mandela, signed with manager Michael Wallach. Savage resumes here in “Albert.”