GOOD MORNING: When I told Shirley Temple the news that her classic 20th Century Fox films would be colorized and released on videocassettes — one a month, via the new Fox Family Features — the brown-eyed Temple answered, “Maybe they’ll give me blue eyes.” When I asked whether she’d participate in any of the sales of cassettes of films like “Heidi,””Dimples,””Bright Eyes,” etc., she answered, “I wish!” Shirley (Mrs. Charles Black) reminded she had “years ago” turned down a request from Fox to do wraparounds on new releases of her pix. “I said ‘Let Shirley be as she was before (in those movies) and not mixed up with a 65-year-old lady.’ ” She was not informed of the “Shirley Temple Collection” of videos until after they were a fait accompli. She philosophically says, “Well, at least they (20th) should have the best prints. It’s all right to have my films in color — it’s not like something dramatic, like a Hitchcock movie. But do they have good colorization?” We’ll know April 26 when the first video is released. Meanwhile, she’s busy writing the second book of her autobiog … Jim Nabors was released from UCLA Medical Center a month ahead of sked following his liver transplant. He’s home, and although not yet permitted to have visitors because of the delicate condition of his immune system, he sounded like his former cheery self and anxious to see friends soon. His sister Ruth is a nurse and is staying with him. The surgery was complication-free … Complicated is the only way to describe Zsa Zsa Gabor’s life. The latest incident: She and husband Frederick were robbed of his attache case at their Munich hotel room while they were attending a UNICEF event. Stolen items included money, confidential papers, credit cards and passports. Zsa Zsa said she was able to get a passport replacement to return here in time to post $ 1,800,000 bond this week in the appeal process of the suit won by Elke Sommer. But she says husband Frederick is a German subject and his return to L.A. was delayed. Zsa Zsa said Sommer had already put ties on “my house and my checking account.”
“IN THE HEART OF AMERICA she won the gold,” said Steve Tisch of Nancy Kerrigan , who’ll make her biopic for ABC/Disney. “It was a long shot going in for her to get any medal. Under the pressure, the focus of attention, she did brilliantly.” Tisch is positive the silver medal “would have no negative impact on the film(s). It’s still a great ending — with the Ukraine’s Oksana Baiul and Nancy.” Writer Rebecca Soloday is back today from Norway to complete the script. Innumerable inquiries from actors/agents (skaters?) have come in, and Tisch will start seeing them this week. “There is no front-runner (front-skater?).” P.S.: This week, he’ll also talk about getting CBS Olympics footage with Howard Stringer — he’s also back in N.Y. following his fractured leg injury; he slipped entering the Olympic ice rink arena.
HEARST IS REPORTEDLY re-invigorating Wm. Morrow to make it the No. 1 publishing house, and thus the Putnam deal is said to be off … The town turned out for preems: at the DGA for “8 Seconds” were co-stars Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin and Cynthia Geary, plus their families and the entire Lane Frost family from Texas complimenting Perry on his amazing likeness to Lane, plus his performance … And at Mann’s Chinese, the “Sugar Hill” cast, led by Wesley Snipes, Michael Wright, Theresa Randle, Clarence Williams III, Ernie Hudson, Raymond Serra and Abe Vigoda, kept the lobby busy long after the pic’s finale, with congrats for ’em plus the picmakers, including director Leon Ichaso … Joely Fisher’s film career takes another jump as she plays Steve Martin’s fiancee in “Night Before Christmas”… Dinah Shore was buried Sunday at Hillside Memorial Park and, as in life, her final rites were strictly private. Services were conducted by Laurie Katz, a rabbi-in-training who had met Shore at Vista del Mar Home Services. In addition to Dinah’s two children, Jody and Melissa, and three grandchildren, cryptside services were attended by George Montgomery, her first husband, who had been at her side throughout her illness. In the small invited group were President Gerald Ford and wife Betty, Bob Hope and daughter Linda, Anne Douglas and son Peter, Angie Dickinson, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rogers and close friends including Bea Korshak, Fred Tattashore. As the rabbi pointed out, Dinah was loved by everyone, and she got a chuckle when she mentioned that although a lifelong Democrat, Dinah’s friendships crossed all political lines. And the rabbi added, “This ceremony started a little late because Dinah would have wanted it that way.” Friends gathered afterward at Dinah’s house — more about that Tuesday.