GOOD MORNING: “We’re all such hustlers,” Elizabeth Taylor laughed, after telling me she’s considering selling her wares on a TV shopping web –“but only for Barry Diller (QVC).” And she’d not only sell her fragrances — but will add other items to her lines. At this time she wouldn’t identify what those items might be. It was La Taylor’s first night out since her hip surgery — Tuesday at the opening of Carole and Barry Kaye’s $ 20 million Museum of Miniatures, an event benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Taylor managed to stand up for the press barrage of lights but was wheelchaired in and out of the museum. She looked fine, but admitted she still has a great deal “of discomfort — but no more pain.” Asked whether she’d require the other hip’s replacement, she said, “That will be a cold day in hell!” During recuperation at home she was sent a print of “The Flintstones” by Steven Spielberg. She enjoyed it. And today, she’s going out to see “Wolf.” She’s looking forward to returning to work — but you can forget her doing a TV series. “But they’re always talking about one, ” she admitted … The debut party of the Kayes’ Miniature Museum (it is a must-see for all ages!) was totally underwritten by Kip Forbes, son of the late Malcolm Forbes, onetime Taylor boyfriend. The Kayes also outbid everyone –$ 25, 000 — in the silent auction of Henry Kupjac’s magnificent miniature French provincial parlor, the money going to the Taylor charity … Barry Kaye, an insurance tycoon, started his career as a deejay in Pittsburgh along with Dick Clark — who is now Kaye’s spokesman … The next event to benefit the Taylor AIDS Foundation is “Encore,” the “Three Tenors” concert July 16 at Dodger Stadium … Among those on hand for the Miniature Museum debut were Margie and Robert Petersen, who last weekend opened the Petersen Automotive Museum, a block away on Wilshire from the L.A. County Museum of Art and across the street from the May Co., which will be a new museum building. With the latest addition, Barry Kaye says the area should now be named “Museum Row”… Angela Lansbury, also recuping from hip surgery, made her first foray out in public Wednesday. She went shopping — on crutches — in BevHills readying for her vacation in Ireland. She also went to Universal for one hour’s looping on “Murder, She Wrote.”
BURT REYNOLDS PICKED UP the divorce papers from Loni Anderson Wednesday in Florida. He is so disappointed about the non-pickup of “Evening Shade,” he moved everything to Florida, reports Renee Valente, who is partnered with Reynolds in several feature development deals … While Burt is now in front of the cameras in feature “The Maddening,” Valente is at NBC readying telepic “The Margaret Mitchell Story” to star Shannen Doherty as the author of “Gone With the Wind.” Valente tells me Doherty bears a “frightening resemblance” to Mitchell. They’ll film locations in Atlanta … Lionel Richie and girlfriend designer Diane Alexander welcomed son Miles Brockman R. May 27 at Cedars-Sinai. Lionel’s now working on an album for his new label, Mercury/Polygram … Barbra Streisand gets ASCAP’s Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award June 22 at the Regency Hotel in N.Y. Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP prez, makes the presentation — the Bergmans are also in N.Y. for Streisand’s stands at Madison Square Garden (starts Monday) — they wrote her show. (ITT is rumored as big bidder for the Garden.) … Marilyn B. also called a meeting of the ASCAP board to set a memorial for Henry Mancini … At his Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo., Andy Williams lowered the flag to half-staff in Mancini’s honor … And at St. Paul de Vence, Leslie Bricusse, mourning partner Mancini, tells me he meets with Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews at month’s end in Switzerland to talk the stage version of “Victor/Victoria” for which Bricusse wrote the lyrics.
DEAD FISH WERE SENT by Charlie Sheen to execs at Morgan Creek to let them know Sheen’s relationship with ’em “is dead.” It was Charlie’s way to display his displeasure when the banner didn’t pick up his “incidental expenses” during his Tokyo p.a.’s for “Major League II,” which hit a home run in Japan … Francis Ford Coppola receives the Chancellor’s Award at Sunday’s commencement exercises for UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & TV. Peter Guber delivers the address to Dean Gil Cates’ grads … USC’s Center for the Vulnerable Child holds its fundraiser July 26 at Tatou with Eve (Mrs. Billy) Gerber chairing a committee that includes Frances Fisher and Clint Eastwood, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, etc. … Patti Davis, seen (and how!) in a 10-page layout in the July Playboy, spends Father’s Day (Sunday) with Hugh and Christie Hefner, front and center, at the Hollywood Bowl for Playboy’s Jazz Festival.