New Rabin footage adds to ‘Aftermath’

GOOD MORNING: Just-found footage of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will be incorporated into “Aftermath — 1945-1948,” a feature docu being readied by Moriah Films of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Marvin Hier told me the film includes an October 1945 episode when Rabin was a young deputy commander of the Palmach, which freed 233 holocaust survivors held in British camps. “He (Rabin) attacked and neutralized British and Arab troops,” said Hier, and Rabin personally carried a 10-year-old boy survivor (whose entire family had been exterminated) on his shoulders into a settlement. Should make a helluva scene. Mark David Harris, chairman of the film-TV department at USC, is scripting, and will direct and co-produce with Hier and Rick Trank. The Wiesenthal Center’s 1981 “Genocide” won the docu Oscar, with Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles narrating. As soon as the “Aftermath” script is completed, leading actors will again be sought to narrate. Ben Kingsley, Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Stewart participated in their “Liberation”… The Wiesenthal Center honors Michael Fuchs on Jan. 14 at the Century Plaza. Fuchs regrettably was omitted from Vanity Fair’s otherwise all-encompassing TV salute in its December issue. Editor Graydon Carter says they’ll make it up to Fuchs in the next issue, which Uma Thurman will cover — in a very sophisticated black gown. Sherry Lansing will get her reprieve from the bathing suit still of this year’s Vanity Fair movie issue when the next Hollywood edition comes out in April … Dan Hedaya, who must be the busiest actor in the biz, will segue from the Sylvester Stallone starrer “Daylight” in Italy to play Bette Midler’s husband in “First Wives Club” for Scott Rudin at Par. Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton co-star … Heidi Fleiss laughed loudly as she watched a Saturday performance of the Santa Monica Playhouse’s “Loose Lips,” in whichshe’s featured in a seg — a conversation between Ivan Nagy and Fleiss call girl “Julie,” who secretly are planning the arrest and overthrow of Heidi.

WE WERE SEATED AT THE HARBERTS’ ABC table at the “Fire and Ice Ball” at Barney’s, benefiting UCLA/Revlon Women’s Cancer Research. The magnificently decked tables replaced the usual store counters in a miraculous overnight transformation — with the store restored to full operation Tuesday ayem. As reported here earlier, the event shifted among three floors (adorned by beauitful models gowned in Revlon lipstick-colored gowns) for cocktails, dinner and a show by Lyle Lovett, intro’d by Sharon Stone. Wolfgang Puck’s crew had to balance pairs of plates climbing up and down from a fifth-floor kitchen — a task that took its toll in time (and waiters’ energies, I’m sure). Co-chair Lilly Tartikoff said $1.6 million had been netted, and Ronald Perelman’s contributions in six years have totaled $12 million … Hostess Helen Hunt said her family could attest to experience with cancer. And Olivia Newton-John, a survivor of breast cancer, noted, “If it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone.” UCLA’s Dr. Dennis Slamon gave details of the cancer research’s progress and problems. Guests were whisked home thanks to Chuck Pick’s army (70) of parking men; the 1,200 guests waited no more than a couple of minutes for cars — a mucho-appreciated factor after a working night event.

“TALK SOUP,” TAHITI-STYLE: sharks, manta rays, dolphins — those were the “co-stars” of E! Entertainment’s John Henson in Moorea, Bora Bora, Raiatea and Tahiti for nine days. They join him in intros for the wacky soap segs airing Nov. 20-26. Henson admits, “This was the oddest work experience I ever had — swimming with shark and manta rays whopping around and all over me. At one time I had so many fish around me I could barely see. At another time I was hyperventilating at the bottom of the lagoon!” And wouldn’t you know, an underwater camera leaked during a shark seg and the tape was all but ruined. “But every (other) scene looks like a postcard,” he says … A far different scene at Elaine’s on Monday night, when the publication of “A” Publishing’s “Virgin” (Records), with text by the late Terry Southern, was celebrated with readings of Southern passages by Gay Talese, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Bruce Jay Friedman and George Plimpton. “A” Publishing partners Julio Santo Domingo and Perry Richardson read a Norman Mailer (away in Paris) piece about Southern. Elizabeth Ashley and Rip Torn also contributed. Later, Pierce Brosnan (and Keely Shaye Smith) arrived from the N.Y. “Goldeneye” preem. “A” Publishing’s also publishing another James Dean book by Paul Alexander to follow his “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”… Marlee Matlin was baby-showered by Lyndie Benson (Mrs. Kenny G) at the Bel Air. Matlin and husband Kevin Grandalski expect their first child Jan. 15. Marlee continues to work on “Picket Fences” with her expectancy written into the script … NBC Press manager Curt King and wife Julie welcomed twin boys, Steven Mark and Kevin Thomas King, on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai.

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