GOOD MORNING: Never underestimate the power of TV. This is a follow-up to Monday’s story here about Sam Donaldson’s powerful seg on last week’s “PrimeTime Live,” during which he, tipped by a Simon Wiesenthal Center lead, uncovered an admitted Nazi SS killer living happily in southern Argentina. Germany is instigating extradition proceedings, and now comes word from both Donaldson and Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Wiesenthal Center that Italy is also preparing to seek extradition of Erich Priebke, whom Donaldson tagged in the Argentine town of Bariloche. “I think it’s terrific,” Donaldson told me Monday night on a portable phone while he was on a D.C. stakeout for another “PrimeTime” story. “This was the largest atrocity in Italy, and the cave (where 350 innocent Italians were murdered) has become a national monument. Every (Italian) president has paid an annual tribute there.” The decision today to extradite is particularly important , Donaldson said, because the current Silvio Berlusconi regime has some neo-fascist backing. “Italy has an extradition treaty with Argentina,” Donaldson said. Rabbi Hier told me Priebke went on TV in Argentina since this story broke to plead he was “simply following orders,” something he also told Donaldson on the ABC’er. Hier said he has been on the phone “non-stop” with calls from Italian journalists since the story appeared on TV and this column. The Wiesenthal Center is staying on the case to learn who helped Priebke escape from the British detention camp where he had been held after the war — and how he got out of Europe to safe haven in Argentina. Stay tuned.
BYE BYE, SHANNEN Doherty: The season’s finale of “Beverly Hills, 90210” was filmed last Friday and it’s her swan song on the series, which returns for the new season July 12. Aaron Spelling’s “Melrose Place” also went on springtime hiatus and his “Burke’s Law” has only a 10-day break. Spelling’s “Texas” and “Models” start up today. And look for his banner to spring into feature action again …”When your cup runneth over”– admits young Ian Ziering, star of “90210 ,” cartoon’d “Biker Mice From Mars” and bigscreen feature “Savat,” in which he’s now working –“you do something for others.” So, he’s heading on a scouting expedition to west Samoa before the series resumes to learn the travel needs for medics in the island’s remote areas. He’s accompanied by a dentist friend. Ziering will return during the next (December) hiatus — bringing the motorized equipment … Cannes fest jury prez Clint Eastwood, Frances Fisher and their baby, Francesca Fisher Eastwood, have taken a villa near enough to his Croisette daytime duties, but he’s told pals here before departing not to expect him at many of the nighttime activities while presiding … Before heading north for “Junior” locations, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand for the christening of baby Patrick Arnold S. Sunday at home with wife Maria Shriver. Their Santa Monica church was KO’d by the quake … Mother’s Day celebrants at Chasen’s included the families of the Lew Wassermans, Harvey Silberts, Kenny Roberts, Al Martinos, Bob Enders, Bill Selfs, Ronald Neames, Bob Schiffers. There wasn’t an empty booth in L.A.’s proudest restaurant, where you can still hear everything your dining partners have to say — and still enjoy the great menu and service supervised by showbiz’s longtime friend, Ronnie Clint … Neile Adams (McQueen Toffel) played another sensaysh show at the Gardenia highlighting her B’way and movie musical careers to a packed house, including Bob Wise, who directed the ever-svelt and sexy Neile in “This Could Be the Night” (1957), in which she played the nightclub singing daughter of Joan Blondell! She plans to take the act to N.Y., where she’d be a welcome cabaret addition.
SO LONG PERFUME SAMPLES: At the finale of the “Women and Doctors” inaugural BevHilton event moderated by Shriver and chaired by Lucie Salhany, Lilly Tartikoff and Ronald Perelman (for the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program), the de rigueur party favor, donated and underwritten by Giorgio Armani , was Christine Ammer’s “A to Z” women’s health encyclopedia … The Hollywood Women’s Political Committee celebrates its 10th anni Friday at the BevWilshire with “A Decade of Voices,” emceed by Lily Tomlin and featuring the bow of the Marvin Hamlisch/Alan and Marilyn Bergman tune “A Woman’s Voice,” sung by an all-star chorus. Endorsed HWPC political candidates will also make their pitch …”The Who’s Tommy” opening July 15 at the U Amphi benefits the Children’s Action Network and Education First! with these co-chairs: Lynda and Peter Guber, Carole and Jerry Eisenberg, Lorraine and Sid Sheinberg, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg.