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GOOD MORNING: Oksana Baiul, the 16-year-old Ukrainian Olympic gold medal winner in women’s figure skating, has signed with Pat Kingsley for PR and agent Michael Rosenberg. The diminutive Baiul, who bested Nancy Kerrigan — and everyone else, including Tonya Harding — is moving to Connecticut, preparing an April tour, and listening to offers for her bio, biopic and conservative commercial products including soft drinks, shoes, etc. … World-class athletes manager George Wallach acquired TV rights to the National Spelling Bee … Thank heaven for little girls — the Natalie Wood role in “Miracle on 34th Street” will again be portrayed by a little girl, reports Elizabeth Perkins, who will play the mother role originated by Maureen O’Hara in the 1947 classic. Dylan McDermott plays the John Payne part and Richard Attenborough is Kris Kringle. Perkins tells me, “It would have gone against the essence of the movie (to have cast a little boy). I wasn’t thrilled with that idea (the boy). You can’t toy with that story.” P.S.: Perkins, married to director Maurice Philips, has a little daughter of her own. She says the John Hughes script is just like the original story, “only funnier” and contemporized.” Perkins, who plays Wilma in Amblin’s “The Flintstones,” says, “I’m in two movies I can take my children to.” The “Flintstones” company dons its prehistoric garb again Friday and returns to the quarry “Bedrock” set to shoot a musicvid with the B-52’s (renamed the B.C.- 52’s for the pic), singing “Meet the Flintstones.” The quarry’s in the area where the quake struck. “You think I’m so anxious to be a mile down in a rock quarry with all these aftershocks?” Perkins asks. After “Miracle,” Perkins resumes production plans on her Connie Francis biopic.

” IT’S A SCORCHER,” laughs Dyan Cannon about plans for NBC’s “Washington Wives” (tentative title), in which she and Joan Collins will co-star. “But,” she adds, “it’s so much fun”… Scratch Shakespeare, substitute Chekhov. Anthony Hopkins decided against doing “Macbeth” (with Emma Thompson) and will instead direct and star in “Uncle Vanya” on film, and follow with a legit outing in Wales. But Hopkins will take a break following the Academy Awards. The versatile thesp was moved by the standing ovation he received at the People’s Choice Awards — with fans in the stands shouting, “We love you Sir Anthony!” He has a Western, “Legends of the Fall,” and a comedy, “The Road to Wellville,” awaiting release … Also getting an ovation along with Tom Cruise and “The Firm” at the Awards, Gene Hackman said he too is taking a break, having completed four films in succession … NBC has signed Bob Hope for a two-hour May 21 special “Best of Bob Hope’s Birthdays” to follow the May 14 airing of his “Making America Laugh” special for May sweeps … Brandon Lee’s final film, “The Crow,” got its first sneak, in Phoenix to a turnaway crowd. It was the finale to “a long ordeal,” admitted producer Ed Pressman, but the audience approved with a hefty 94% “recommend” verdict. The pic redesigned flashback scenes following Lee’s accidental death on the set March 31, 1993. As noted earlier, “Crow” gets its Miramax release May 13 on 1,500 screens. Pressman’s readying “American Psycho” with Christian Solomon and Chris Hanley as well as a summer ’95 start of “Judge Dredd” starring Sylvester Stallone — the giant Mega-City sets are already under construction at Shepperton for the Disney/Cinergi epic.

JOHN CANDY WAS TEARFULLY farewelled Wednesday ayem in a high mass at St. Martin of Tours church in Brentwood. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Dan Aykroyd related anecdotes — and kindnesses — of the gentle Candy. Aykroyd finale’d with a moving reading of the Canadian national anthem. Among those saying adieu: Brian Grazer, John Hughes, Tom Hanks, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, Jim Belushi, Bill Murray, Wayne Gretzky, Bruce McNall, Ron Meyer, etc. … Disney’s Jeffrey Katzenberg and Viacom’s Frank Biondi were a power-breakfasting duo at the Four Seasons … Scott Glenn is honored by Hardin-Simmons U. today with its Man of the West award … Brian Dennehy co-stars with Robert Duvall in “The Stars Fell on Henrietta” for Clint Eastwood’s Malpaso — also starring Frances Fisher … Ace cinematographer Stanley Cortez is at Centinela Hospital recuping from knee-replacement surgery … On Robert Altman’s “Pret-a-Porter” set in Paris today, Bulgari unveils its newest jewelry line ($ 500-$ 25,000) to an audience (cast) including Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Kim Basinger, Lauren Bacall, Rupert Everett and Anouk Aimee … Personal manager Marilyn Lewis signed Jim Hanks, Tom’s younger brother — and showcased him Wednesday at Ma Maison’s Le Petit Theatre. The reception was catered by — Lewis’ Kate Mantilini.

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