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Ailing Andrews pushes back ‘V/V’ tour bow

GOOD MORNING: Julie Andrews’ throat is healing slower than expected post-surgery. Thus, as tipped here Tuesday, “Victor/Victoria” will not open in Houston as skedded Aug. 25, but will now bow Nov. 25 (following Seattle, where it opens Oct. 14). This will make for some changes in the national touring company to star Raquel Welch. Andrews and husband Blake Edwards have bought a home in Sag Harbor as their permanent residence, having sold all their L.A. homes — one of which was bought by Dodi Fayed. … Add to the ill and injured list: Bill Maher. He was a guest contestant on the new Alan Thicke-hosted “Pictionary” syndie series when winning player Erik Estrada exuberantly threw up his arms as Maher leaned forward. He was struck heavily on the bridge of his nose, knocked out as he fell back and briefly passed out. First aid and ice were applied to Maher’s face and nose — and taping resumed. Thicke will guest on Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” show Friday. With the clip? … Everyone, please take a bow: this year’s American Comedy Honorees are Candice Bergen, Kelsey Grammer, Cybill Shepherd, Roseanne, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Tim Conway. The Fox network two-hour show produced by George Schlatter tapes Aug. 23 at the BevHilton. Schlatter’s “Comedy Awards,” also for Fox, tapes in Feb. Young (6 years old) Jonathan Lipnicki of “Jerry Maguire” opens the “Honors” show. … From the humorous to the sublime: American Movie Classics’ Salute to Film Noir will honor Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Billy Wilder and the late Bob Mitchum Sept. 25 with a gala at the El Rey theater. Michael Keaton hosts and Martin Scorsese will tribute the honorees and their work. Carly Simon, backed by a 26-piece orch, sing songs from her new “Film Noir” (Arista) CD. Dick Clark produces as a one-hour TV spec to air Oct. 5.

TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION: Christine Ebersole, who starred in Showtime’s “Unexpected Family” and the recently completed sequel “Unexpected Life,” had some simultaneous family arrivals and additions. She and husband Bill Moloney got word the Chinese infant whom they applied to adopt two years ago was cleared for them to pick up. Bill winged to China to get the baby, since Christine was working in the vidpic. When he returned to L.A. he was met at the airport by Ebersole, who told him the adoptive baby they’d also applied for, from Minnesota, was arriving in a few minutes at a neighboring terminal! Ebersole is also busy co-starring in the feature version of Disney’s “My Favorite Martian.” She promises “Kids — and adults — will love it” The pregnant Janine Turner, June Cleaver in U’s feature “Leave It To Beaver,” hosted the pic’s preem in Dallas Tuesday p.m. to benefit the Janine Turner Foundation for after-school programs for kids. She’s moved back to her native Texas and is building a ranch. Turner, who expects in December, continues on with the cast to p.a. the pic in N.Y. Also down in Dallas, Sheree J. Wilson, who plays Alex Cahil in “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and her husband Paul de Robbio welcomed son Nicholas Francesco Aug. 6. Wilson had been hiding her pregnancy during series filming, except for one show in which she “fakes” the pregnancy for a story point. They’ll complete the seg with her normal silhouette in Sept. She says the new (fifth) season will be a lot more “emotional” : it includes one story of an 11-year-old boy with AIDS. Chuck Norris’ character adopts him, though he knows he’s dying.

LIZA MINNELLI WAS VERY EMOTIONAL, she told me, when she wound her stand at Cape Cod’s Melody Tent. The theater manager came on-stage and gave her a plaque noting she played the most successful show in the history of the venue. Liza told me, “I got all misty-eyed, and I lost it. I remember I was a little girl, 14, when my mother was appearing on that same stage and Kay Thompson went on stage with my mom and I was sitting in the back row.” Liza sounded very good and told me she is still not smoking. … Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” will definitely complete principal photography by Dec. 3: That’s the date Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise have promised to be on hand to host the eighth Fire & Ice Ball to benefit the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. This year, Paramount hosts the event, the Isaac Mizrahi Spring ’98 Collection presented by Saks 5th Ave.; the evening will be produced by Suzan Mischer. Lilly Tartikoff and Jane Semel cochair with Jonathan Dolgen, Sherry Lansing, Philip B. Miller, Mizrahi and Ronald Perelman, who again donates $1.2 million which goes directly to research And on Oct. 16, “Voices of Hope,” the one-hour special produced by Tartikoff and Mischer, airs on Lifetime TV as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. … Joan Van Ark and John Dayton co-host the Beautiful People awards Sunday at the Sheraton Universal benefiting Women’s Care Cottage. Brenda Hampton and Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey are honorees.

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