GOOD MORNING: Louella and Hedda, the Hollywood Women’s Press Club could use you to sweeten the sour apples flying around the old clubhouse. President Phyllis T. Lycett withdrew her name from nomination as president at the Wednesday meeting. In a letter to members (which she also sent me), Lycett says, “There has been much information and misinformation disseminated by certain detracting members of this club, and whisper campaigns generated in order to force me from running for re-election as president.” Lycett told me, “I don’t need to go through this back-stabbing and pettiness.” She also is calling a special board meeting “to have the libelous remarks stricken from the minutes and have the minutes correctly reported.” Included was reference to a “Hard Copy” appearance that Lycett had made. “I only had one sentence about Hugh Grant,” she said. Past presidents Janet Tighe and Barbara Best (50-year member!) were called in to “pull the club back together and make peace with the club’s factions.” And at Wednesday night’s meeting at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, Corinne Entratter was named the new (sole) candidate for president. “I’m trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” she said. The club is readying for its big function of the year, the Golden Apple Awards at which three-time Oscar winner George Sidney (Entratter’s husband) receives the Louella Parsons Award from Bob Stack. Sidney is recouping from an accident in which his left hand was broken but he’ll be there. Annette Bening will be one of many star presenters in a show with the annual mystery Santa, m.c. Steve Allen, entertainer Phyllis Diller … A bomb scare forced evacuation of a Carthay Circle building housing showbiz tenants including Dale Olson’s praisery, Sam Leslie’s accountancy, Fred Amsel’s agency. The street was blocked off, including access to PMK, forcing everyone on the streets for two hours. Who didn’t get his name in the papers?
PORNO ACTRESS, HOOKER, DRUG ADDICT: that’s Daryl Hannah’s role in “The Last Days of Frankie Fly” co-starring Dennis Hopper. Hannah just won Antonio Banderas in “Too Much” and Kevin Pollack in “Grumpier Old Men.” “Men” scored 94% excellent very good sneak cards at Sherman Oaks this week higher than the first “Grumpy” which grossed $ 75 million domestic and $ 40 million in videos. In the sequel, Sophia Loren winds up with Walter Matthau a very tender love scene Ann-Margret with Jack Lemmon. Could there be a third “Grumpy”? “Sure, let them all get divorced,” laughed producer John Davis … Joanna Pacula stars in Roger Corman’s New Horizon “Ghost Ship” … William Morris agent Robert Gottlieb, part of the team that made Marcia Clark’s book deal, was dining with Jackie Collins at Drai’s toasting Collins’ pact, made along with WMA’s Robert Lee for Collins’ “Vendetta, Lucky’s Revenge” for MacMillan, England. Their Drai’s table was doubly festive as they celebrated Collins’ engagement to Frank Calcagnini they’ll wed next summer. Meanwhile, Jackie’s busy exec producing CBS’ mini of her “Hollywood Kids,” readying her CBS spec, “The Sexual Secrets of Men” which she’ll host, and Collins also is readying more of her jewelry line for Home Shopping Network … Talking sales, Delta Burke bows her Delta Burke Design Fashion Collection Saturday at Dallas’ Palais Royal Greenspoint, goes on to chains including J.C. Penney, Bon Ton, Dillards, etc. The line’s for ladies size 14-26. “Ladies don’t have to worry about their weight now,” she said. Burke’s winding CBS’ highly dramatic, true “A Promise to Caroline” also wound USA’s dramatic “A Baby of Her Own.” No series plans. “I’m burned out on that and this (clothing line) is too time consuming.” Yup, she wants to sell on QVC, too.
IT’S ARMAND ASSANTE AND TONY QUINN as John Gotti and Mr. Neil in HBO’s “John Gotti: The Rise and Fall” by Steve Shagan for producer Gary Lucchesi. Shagan also scripted Lucchesi’s “Primal Fear” at Par starring Richard Gere. And next scripts “The Wrecking Crew” at Fine Line with Nick Gomez directing … Pat Boone gets the Pacific Pioneer B’casters salute today at the Sportsmen’s Lodge … Wednesday night Mace Neufeld and Bob Rehme hosted, with Detour mag, a special performance by “Instant Girl” and afterparty at Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang Theatre benefiting No Tribe supporting emerging artists. N/R are producing “Girl” to call net execs’ attention to the players.
Roseanne to Barbara Walters tonight: “The plastic surgery days are totally over that was part of a real ugly time in my life”… Barbara McNair debuts the new Velvet Room cabaret this weekend, returns New Year’s Eve … Exec producer Leslie Nielsen cast a pair of spies for actor Leslie Nielsen’s “Spy Hard” for Hollywood Pictures: Robert Culp (“I Spy”) and Patrick Macnee (“The Avengers”)
Chuck Norris winged in from Dallas “Walker, Texas Ranger” locations to attend funeral services of stepfather George Knight Sunday (12) in Sun City.