For first time post-trial, O.J. out on the town

GOOD MORNING: O.J. Simpson surfaced in town, at Studio City’s La VeLee Club to be at Dionne Warwick’s side for her birthday party Tuesday (also Sinatra’s birthday, you recall). Simpson’s older daughter Arnelle was with him … Meanwhile, “Justice in America,” the O.J. trial as viewed by eight ex-jurors including the foreman, has just taped (by producer Deborah Raffin) final principal Walter Cronkite for trial overviews. Cronkite joined the already-taped Mike Wallace, Vincent Bugliosi, Dominick Dunne, Peggy Noonan, Art Buchwald, Helen Thomas, Pierre Salinger, Martin Grimes, Roy Innes and Nina Tottenberg … Carol Connors — who was a witness at the trial — will sing “Violence Has No Color” at Tuesday’s “Victims of Violent Crimes Day” 8 p.m. at the Federal Bldg. in West L.A. She wrote the tune with Eddie Reasoner. The Ron Goldman family, Denise Brown, representatives of Parents of Murdered Children and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) also will be repped here … Terry Murphy, “Hard Copy” co-anchor, hosts a private dinner with the Fred Goldman family Jan. 14 at Drai’s to benefit the Ron Goldman Justice Fund. They hope to raise $100,000 … First lady Hillary Clinton is planning a White House family screening of Oscar-winning docu “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.” It’s the story of the Chinese-American who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Freida Lee Mock directed and produced the film, which was first hosted here at the Acad by Gregory Peck, whose son Stephen served in Vietnam … Variety Club’s Ilene Graff and Linda Blair, learning that 64 underprivileged children at County USC Medical Center will not be able to be home for Christmas, are not only wrapping gifts for the kids — but also presents for the tots to give their visiting parents … Eddie Albert and ex-Dodger Joe Moeller donned Santa suits to pass out gifts for 125 abused and neglected kids at Madame Wu’s Christmas party at her Santa Monica eatery … Leeza Gibbons and Kelsey Grammer co-host this weekend’s two-day Paramount lot holiday party benefiting Cedars-Sinai’s Psychological Training Center for L.A. schoolchildren.

UNDER A SOLO BANNER, David Foster Prods., the producer is prepping two features sans Larry Turman: “Air Speed,” for Fox 2000 with Cooper Lane scripting , and “Prey,” at WB with screenplay by Ron Rooseand Nicholas Meyer. The former’s about a cropduster pilot who enters the Reno air races; the second is also a thriller in the air — about the quest for a Libyan bomber … The finale scene, with Judy Geeson and Lulu reuniting with Sidney Poitier in “To Sir With Love II, ” was shifted from London to Chicago. Geeson returns here to the set of “Mad About You” as the recurring neighbor Maggie … Milton Berle follows his drag “Roseanne” comedy cameo with a dramatic turn in “Sister, Sister”… Buddy Hackett signed with the Media Artists Group … Nancy Schmidt of the Blake Agency set up Horton Foote’s script “Lily Dale’ at Producers Entertainment Group for Showtime. Hallie Foote co-produces. Sam Shepard, Stockard Channing star, with Mary Stuart Masterson in the title role and Peter Masterson directing … The Frank Sinatras return to the desert — renting a house this time for several months as he readies his eighth golf tourney, Feb. 9-10 at the Marriott Desert Springs hotel in Palm Desert benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. At his last tourney party, Sinatra sang. Mebbe he will again this time … Quincy Jones did a rave to me about protege Tamia’s performance in Japan: the 19 -year-old sang live to a radio audience of 20 million with only a background orch tape. They were there for his “Q’s Jook Joint” (Qwest) disc … George C. Scott, co-starring with wife Trish Van Devere in “Love Letters” in Dallas, next stars in “Garska vs. McCoy” (gets a new title) for Alan Landsberg and CBS with Graham Campbell directing this dramatic true story.

IS JOHN McENROE FOLLOWING in Bruce Willis’ footsteps? McEnroe’s band will play at the opening of the sports world’s first All Star Cafe, the jocks’ version of Planet Hollywood, bowing in N.Y. Monday. Willis and his musical merrymakers tune at all the Planet Hollywood preems … Press agent Peter Levinson signed with Oxford U. Press to write “Trumpet Blues: The Biography of Harry James”– to be ready in ’99, the 60th anni of the formation of the James orch. Levinson hopes Columbia’s Legacy division and Mosaic Records will re-release the James classix … David Ritz is writing B.B. King’s life story … Word from Eric Douglas in Paris: he’s readying a one-man show, all in French which he speaks fluently. The title, “Je ne suis pas Spartacus.” Pardonez-moi, Kirk … Sam Fuller, wife Christa and daughter Samantha have returned from France to their L.A. home after 13 years of globe-trotting. Happy to report Sam (83) is feeling well …”Baywatch” star Alexandra Paul donated her $10,000 worth of Sony Electronics won on “Celebrity Jeopardy!” to L.A. Inner City Schools via producer Daniel Sladek’s “Hands on L.A.” philanthropy.

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