GOOD MORNING: Marcia Clark’s book(s) go up for auction today in N.Y. Items linking her and Christopher Darden refuse to die and Norman Brokaw says, “They (the items) are outrageous — bullshit!” And Clark adds, “I hope to one day dance at his (Darden’s) wedding”… U.S. federal attorneys are filing motions to dismiss all charges against Eric Douglas in the cross-country asserted American Airlines brouhaha, Douglas’ attorney, Richard Steingard, happily reports. Young Douglas, who always professed his innocence in this case as well as the Sunset Strip action (from which he was cleared), is only concerned that the showbiz community realize his innocence and the fact that he’s only trying to get ahead in his career. The legal battles have cost him tens of thousands in legal fees … Showbiz reminiscences of Yitzhak Rabin: He was one of the powerful reasons “Cast a Giant Shadow,” starring Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Yul Brynner, Angie Dickinson — and the Israeli Army, got made in 1966. Mel Shavelson, who wrote-directed the film story of Israel’s War of Independence, went to Rabin, then Army Chief of Staff, to ask for use of his army — at a time when Israel, as usual, was under threat of war. At first Rabin refused, then, realizing the film’s propaganda value at such a time, suggested that if the movie company paid over and above the government’s cost for each soldier and tank he wouldn’t have to go to the Knesset for approval. Says Shavelson, “He gave us a price list: One soldier for a day, $3.25, one tank with crew, $66.66. Needless to say we jumped at the bargain, the picture got started and the tanks went right past our cameras in the middle of a shot when fighting broke out on the Syrian border. But we got our money’s worth and so did Israel. I’ll miss him. So will the world,” added Shavelson.
“I’LL CONTINUE SINGING AS LONG as I’m enjoying it like I am,” said Rosemary Clooney, celebrating her 50th anni in the biz with an A&E Demi-Centennial: “A Girl Singer’s Golden Anniversary” airing Saturday. Coincidentally, the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame inducts Clooney, along with Monty Hall, Casey Kasem and Jack Whitaker, Dec. 3 at the BevHilton, where the first Communicator’s Award goes to Young & Rubicam. Gary Owens emcees. Clooney has a new album, “Dedicated to Nelson Riddle” (Concord Jazz), coming out in January. Riddle arranged more than 150 tunes for Rosie’s TV show in the ’50s — none ever recorded by her. The album contains “Come Rain or Come Shine,””The Continental,” etc. Rosemary and nephew George, both Emmy-nominated this year, join her brother Nick Saturday in Cincy for a Kidney Foundation benefit. It was at WRW in Cincy in 1945 that a 17 -year-old Rosemary made her showbiz bow with sister Betty, 14 … Macy’s sells Gimbel’s: Among those on hand at Chanel’s 10th anni in BevHills bash was the legend himself, Karl Lagerfeld; he lingered long with admirers including Fred Hayman, who features Lagerfeld’s signature line in his store. He called Lagerfeld “a genius in the fashion business.” Lagerfeld is in town shooting the ad campaign for Chanel’s spring/summer ’96 ready-to-wear collection — first time he’s used L.A. as a backdrop. Meanwhile, his “Visages and Paysages” photos are now on exhibit … Another fashion icon and legend, Hubert de Givenchy, who presented his final couture collection last month in Paris, arrives Nov. 18 to preview the Givenchy Hotel & Spa in Palm Springs. He’ll concentrate on developing the new spa operation, fragrances, skin creams, etc. The first started at the Trianon Palace in Versailles. The Palm Springs Spa will be operated by Rose Nava … Oleg Cassini donates two new gowns inspired by designs for Jackie Kennedy Onassis today at Rockefeller Plaza’s Fashion Cafe. His book “A Thousand Days of Magic” is Cassini’s tale of threading the First Lady … Patty Fox, who assisted Fred Hayman as fashion coordinator for the Oscars, and was former fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue, is p.a.’ing her book, “Star Style” (Angel City Press), about movie stars who created lasting styles around the world. They include Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Doris Day — and the book ends with Audrey Hepburn. Fox asks, “Who could follow?”
FROM NC-17 (ALMOST) TO G: That’s Don Rickles’ proud record. He plays Billy Sherbet, the casino manager in “Casino” (now R-rated), and the voice of Mr. Potato Head in Disney’s “Toy Story,” with both pix preeming the same week; at the same time, Don’s doing it live at Caesars Atlantic City … Teri Garr, Rosemarie Stack and Stella Stevens are toasted this week by the City of Hope at three consecutive luncheons at the BevHilton … Linda and James Caan welcomed son James Arthur C., Monday at UCLA Medical Center. He’s their first. (Jimmy has two boys and a girl by a previous marriage) … Three-time Oscar-winning composer Saul Chaplin receives the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP Dec. 14 in N.Y. for excellence in a book on music, his “Golden Age of Movie Musicals and Me.”