GOOD MORNING from Hollywood with remembrances of Hong Kong and China: Looking up at the giant ceiling mural in Beijing’s Hard Rock Cafe, I noted paintings of Elvis Presley and U.S. rock stars joined by a portrait of — Mao Tse-tung … Vidscreens around the Hard Rock room played vintage U.S. football games. Their stars were total strangers to the patrons, but the plays still evoked shouts of amazement for the U.S. sportsmen … At the base of the gateway to the Great Wall, loudspeakers blared across the valley with music ranging from the big band era to contemporary soft rock … At the top of the wall, we were the only foreigners. The Chinese had come from all over their vast country to see their major Wonder of the World. But they were so interested in seeing us — they politely indicated they would like to have pictures taken of us with their families on the wall. What a compliment! … The incredible beauty and unfathomable size of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace conjured up visions of regal omnipotence never to be seen again … And today’s English-speaking China Daily in Beijing never mentioned a word about the fifth anniversary of Tiananmen Square or the security measures that had been taken by the government — reminding this country is a long way from being free … And the sounds — from thousands, maybe millions of bells on bikes, which rule half the streets in Beijing … And the orchestra of ships’ and boats’ horns in the great Hong Kong harbor. Vessels of every size and description — all day and all night — forming a giant parade and moving picture seen from giant windows in one of the world’s great hotels, the Regent. B.S. Ong and Raymond Chow hosted a giant Chinese banquet for Hollywood’s visitors in the hotel’s banquet room, and also partied the Planet Hollywood contingent in the Regent’s Yu restaurant, where you can choose your fish from those in a tank 15 feet high and 30 feet long! Even the Crown Prince of Malaysia was impressed … In China, as well as Hong Kong, the piracy of U.S. films remains the No. 1 problem for our filmmakers. And only last Saturday, Jack Valenti again met with U.S. Trade Rep Mickey Kantor to discuss trying to negotiate with the Chinese in order to avoid trade sanctions.
HILLARY CLINTON WILL BE IN L.A. Oct. 28 to accept the Brass Ring Award at the Carousel of Hope gala at the BevHilton. Barbara and Marvin Davis report the First Lady has accepted honorary chairmanship of the night, which benefits the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Clinton’s to be honored for her “dedication in working to improve the country’s health care system.” This will be the third major Davis event of the year: The first was the wedding party for daughter Nancy (to Kenny Rickel), and the second was last Saturday’s wedding of son Gregg to actress Elena Statheros (whom Rabbi Meyer Heller described as “a Greek goddess”). Both weddings were held at the Marvin Davises’ home. Marvin said, “It’s becoming a wedding chapel.” The champagne again flowed like water and the caviar was shoveled in by friends and family while Wolfgang Puck sliced the salmon and Chuck Pick painlessly juggled the Rollses. Murray Korda’s 24 Monseigneur Strings draped the entry hall stairway for arriving guests. One of ’em, Betsy Bloomingdale, fainted — but was soon revived … Lili Zanuck, one of the bridesmaids, had intro’d the wedding couple … Among the celebs on hand, Barbara and Don Rickles — Marvin Davis was trying to arrange a marriage for their daughter. Davis loves weddings! Also there, Ginnie and Bob Newhart — their daughter Jennifer had married Sony Music’s Joseph Bongiovi June 4 at Good Shepherd, with the reception at the Newhart home. Eva Gabor was escorted to the Davis wedding by Nolan Miller, who is divorcing (and living at the Aaron Spellings’). Frances Fisher was there sans Clint Eastwood. And Jackie Collins, who is writing her next book, “Hollywood Divorces,” was at the wedding with Frank Calcagnini.
A RECORD $500,000 was raised, said Monty Hall, who m.c.’d Sunday’s “Tennis Ball” at the BevWilshire honoring Joseph D. Shane and welcoming Leah Rabin, wife of Israel’s prime minister. Shane is the father of Israel Tennis Centers and Rabin said the dream is to see the day when Arab and Israeli children fight only for supremacy on tennis courts … And the 21st annual Carl Reiner Pro/Am Celeb Tennis & Golf Tourney at La Costa raised a record $100,000-plus for the ERAS Center. Reiner again masterly m.c.’d. Super Dave Osborne, John Byner, Robert Morse, France Nuyen and James McDaniel were among those participating, plus Lyle and Sharon Waggoner, who auctioneer’d the event headed by Gloria and Mike Franks and friends of ERAS … Chitra and Ashok Amritraj welcomed daughter Priya Magdalene A. May 12.