Cameron waives his ‘Titanic’ fees

GOOD MORNING: As director Jim Cameron has stated unequivocally that he’s waived his producing, directing and participation fees on “Titanic,” his fiancee Linda Hamilton said she is forgoing her star salary on a project in which she, too, believes and loves. Hamilton is in Toronto winding “Two Couples” for Showtime’s “The Rescuers: Stories of Courage” exec produced by Barbra Streisand and Cis Corman’s Barwood Prods. Lynne Littman, Oscar-winner for her docu, “Number Our Days,” directs and Jeff Freilich produces this story, one of the six one-hour tales of courage exhibited by non-Jews during the Holocaust. They’ll air on three separate nights. Hamilton plays Marie Taquet, who with her husband (played by Alfred Molina) ran a boarding house for Belgian sons of POWs held in Germany — they also took in 80 Jewish children under the most dangerous conditions, including random SS raids. Linda told me, “I’m proud to be in it. I liked the script and I know that with Barbra it would be made with the utmost respect and care — even if she just greenlighted it. And there is a graciousness to the entire production” Of course I had to ask Hamilton about”Titanic.” She said she’s seen half. “It’s phenomenal!” she enthused. Hamilton said she and Cameron are talking an eventual reteaming for “Terminator 3” — “someday” As for their personal future, Hamilton says they will be married — two days after “Titanic” bows. THE RATINGS-WINNING PBS Jack Paar biospec on Wednesday has left the 79-year-old vidvet “very touched by what has happened.” After 15 years “of being quiet,” Paar said, “I no longer have to hear people ask me, ‘Didn’t you used to be someone?’ ” He is not bitter about not having won an Emmy — or not being inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame. “I have the love of friends and respect of the industry.” But he reiterates, “I will not go on any show — absolutely none. And I refuse to do commercials — I never have done one. That doesn’t mean I don’t like TV.” He likes “Seinfeld,” admitting, “Sometimes I see it three times in one night” (via syndication). He also likes “Mad About You” and Bill Cosby’s show. Although suffering a bad back and recuping from knee replacement, Paar attended the N.Y. preview of friend Larry Gelbart’s HBO’er, “Weapons of Mass Distraction”. … Gelbart, at age 18, wrote for the 25-year-old Paar’s summer replacement show for Jack Benny and they have been friends ever since. Paar also attended the post-screening party at the new Cirque 2000, where invitees included titans Gerald Levin, Larry Tisch and John Hess, whose personal reactions may not have been joyous seeing their almost-counterparts in the HBO’er. Gelbart, never one to mince (his own) words, said of his latest non-comedic venture, “Every time I see it, I love it!” “Distraction” bows on HBO May 17. … Monday is Katharine Hepburn’s 90th birthday and a Katharine Hepburn Garden will be dedicated in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Hepburn first moved into her brownstone home in the Turtle Bay area of Manhattan in 1932. She planted flowers from her family’s Connecticut home (where she now resides full time) in her backyard garden. I saw that garden on a visit to her Turtle Bay house a year ago. Although it’s doubtful Hepburn will be able to attend the dedication (but you never know!) she’s supervised the choice of flowers to be planted in the garden presented by the City of N.Y. Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Turtle Bay Assn., of which she was a member for 40 years. Among those expected to be there: niece Katharine Houghton, Godson Sam Robards, sister Margaret Perry, brother Dr. Robert Hepburn and neighbor Stephen Sondheim.

LEW AND EDIE WASSERMAN, gave their annual dinner for residents of the MPTV Country House on Wednesday evening with Arli catering. Regular supporters of the MPTV Fund also were on hand: Janet Leigh, Angie Dickinson, Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette and Tommy Gallagher and the Wassermans’ daughter Lynn and grandchildren Carol and Casey. … John Carroll and wife Alexis welcomed son David Alexander May 6 at Cedars-Sinai. He’s the first grandson for Judy and Dick Carroll Sara Gilbert graduates from Yale U. May 26 on the Old Campus Jay Livingston attends the 60th anni of his U. of Pennsylvania Class of 1937 May 16 — and he’ll entertain during Alumni Weekend. Jay and wife Shirley then leave for Paris to board a barge heading through the rivers and canals with fellow musicmaker pal Hal David and wife Eunice. I feel a song coming on. … Justine Bateman is honored with the “Spirit of Chrysalis” award Tuesday at the Biltmore for her work with the homeless. … Tommy Lasorda, honored Thursday as a “Treasure of L.A.,” is now the American Heart Assn. spokesperson. Although V.P of the Dodgers, he says he can handle the Heart chores “on the side.” He celebrated a day off the playing sked Thursday at Paramount with old pal A.C. Lyles, who toured him. “Walking around the lot with Tommy Lasorda is like walking with a 24-sheet,” said Lyres as everyone came out to greet the (ex-)Skipper.

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