GOOD MORNING: “Now that I’m elected, maybe Fox will make my picture,” Sonny Bono laughed. The congressman-elect of the 44th District (Riverside) was savoring his victory (18 percentage points) when I spoke to him Wednesday. Twentieth owns his autobiog, “The Beat Goes On” (Simon & Schuster), and Bono says it is scripted. “I was going to let Tom Cruise play me — and Roseanne could play Cher,” he smiled. No, Sonny hadn’t received any election congrats from his ex, Cher … Bono and wife Mary and their two children are starting to make plans to shop for a house in D.C., while also keeping their home and his office here in the desert. “Funny thing about it (the election win),” he said, “we hadn’t been thinking about anything beyond Nov. 8. Now, we’ll just follow the yellow brick road.” During election returns Tuesday night he was joined in Palm Springs by longtime friend, agent Tony Fantozzi of William Morris. And he was in regular conversations with pal Dennis Pregnolato, senior VP, acquisitions , at Aaron Spelling Entertainment. Bono (who will be 60 on Feb. 16) became mayor of Palm Springs in 1988 and won his congressional seat on the Republican ticket. Back in 1968, he had been active at the Demo Convention trying to get a youth platform going … It’s hoped that Ronald Reagan will be OK to attend the Nov. 16 Reagan Freedom Award to Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin at the BevHilton. Nancy R. will be there, I’m informed. Charlton Heston makes the presentation to Rabin and Merv Griffin’s m.c. Others on the program include Lod Cook, Gamel Sadat, son of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, Mrs. Sadat (via video) and the Children’s Choir of L.A. … The Alzheimer’s Assn. benefit Nov. 16 will find the BevWilshire transformed into Broadway’s Sardi’s, with the room decked with Sardi’s famous caricatures. Onstage, a starry chorus performs selections from “Damn Yankees.” Shelley Fabares hosts and it’s certain there will be wishes for Reagan’s well-being … Nancy Reagan taped a tribute seg for the “Wild Bill” Wellman docu in her husband’s offices in Century City recently, and Ronnie stopped out of his office to say hello to young Bill Wellman Jr. Bill tells me R.R. looked very well, although unsure of who Wellman was. Nancy had appeared in Wellman pere’s 1950 “The Next Voice You Hear,” a message picture that was a pet project of MGM’s Dore Schary. In the session, Nancy said, starting back then, her marriage to Ronnie was far more important than her career — which she departed.THE HOLIDAY SEASON got off to a happy start at the Mann National Westwood screening of 20th’s “Miracle on 34th Street.” Carolers greeted previewers as they entered the theater and at the finale, Ray Charles’ rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” serenaded ‘em out into the street, where conversations included Oscar nomination talk for Richard Attenborough, a natural to follow Edmund Gwenn’s Oscar win for the 1947 original “Miracle.” Youngster Mara Wilson (7), who first scored in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” is flooded with offers to follow “34 th Street.” She was discovered by agent Bonnie Liedtke of Gold/Marshak when Wilson arrived at her office with her older brother Danny, who was already in the biz. Mara meets with the Duchess of York in N.Y. this week, and after the Gotham preem at Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, she’s off to present flowers to Queen Elizabeth at a royal preem in London … A”Miracle” float will have Mara aboard in the Hollywood Christmas Parade … When they met backstage after winning their respective Emmys, David Letterman invited Fyvush Finkel to guest on his lateniter — Finkel will do it Friday … Big night at Budd Friedman/Mark Lonow’s Melrose Improv as Jerry Seinfeld went on stage followed by Danny Aiello — and Rodney Dangerfield. They all got respect. ROSEANNE GUESTS THE “Children of the Night” at her taping tonight and then plays the Comedy Store for a Feminist Majority benefit … In TV Guide’s “Parents’ Guide to Children’s Entertainment,” kid actors reveal their holiday wishes — which include “racism to stop,””world peace” and –“I want a raise in my allowance from $ 3 a week to $ 5.” And you thought moppets were monsters …”Stars Who Served” are honored Friday at the Sportsmen’s Lodge. They include Jimmy Stewart, Gene Autry, Doug Fairbanks Jr., Glenn Ford, Burt Kennedy, Victor Mature, Ann Miller, Buddy Rogers, George Stevens Sr. (posthumously), Johnny Grant (who m.c.’s) and Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller band. Proceeds go to the American Air Museum in Cambridge, England … Arthur Wilde tosses a “final party — she always loved parties” for his late wife, Meta, Monday at the Olympic Collection.
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