Clinton shmoozes showbiz crowd

GOOD MORNING: President Clinton touched base with friends, family and $upporter$ in a whirlwind Sunday night in Beverly Hills. And everywhere he went, Clinton delighted audiences with his savvy of their biznesses, mixing show and politix with his usual affability. Starting at Spago at 6:15, he appeared for Rock the Vote, where he laid it on the line for the young (showbiz and other) contributors ($1,800 a person, $2,500 a couple); he said those who got elected were in office because of those who voted — and because of those who did not vote. He pitched for “freer air time” for campaigning and, of course, made his continued pitch for controls over campaign contributions (he’s on this tour for that cause). He showed awareness of MTV’s survey on voters and abstainers. He told me he tries to catch as many movies as possible — loved “L.A. Confidential” and has put in an order to see “Boogie Nights.” The 100 supporters (raised $100,000) in the party room at Spago. Clinton thanked Wolfgang Puck and wife Barbara for their generosity for the evening. He, of course, enumerated accomplishments of his five years but told the group the future is up to them. “I Love Rock the Vote,” he said, “and I will always support it, even when I’m in a rocking chair.” He thanked Ron Adler, VP of creative development at Walt Disney Imagineering, who engineered and co-hosted the event; Adler was there with wife Jenna, co-hosts Donna Frisby, Jeff Ayeroff, RIAA prez Hillary Rosen and Ricki Seidman … Also there: Roger Clinton, who will rejoin the First Family for Thanksgiving at Camp David then at the White House for Christmas. Roger was there with songwriting partner Bruce Roberts, with whom he’d written a Save the Children theme song, “Like You Were My Child,” to be used on the charity’s upcoming docu. David Foster produced the record and Linda Thompson Foster also contributed lyrics.

KEVIN SPACEY, AMONG THOSE posing for a photo with the President, told me he would see “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” for the first time Monday night at the WB Studio preem. Spacey, who worked as a standup, does a terrif (complimentary ) imitation of Clint Eastwood directing him in the pic. Ask him to do it! Spacey didn’t participate in the “Midnight” press junket: he explained he was rehearsing in SanFran with the “Hurlyburly” cast, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Meg Ryan, Chazz Palminteri and director Tony Drazan. He explained that, although the pic is set in Hollywood, they’ll shoot in Oakland near the home of the Penns, claiming it’s cheaper up there — and, of course, more convenient for the Penns. Stacey said they are all working for very little upfront but all are participating and contributing to the making of the pic, which will later get a distrib. Spacey reminded that he’d understudied almost all the “Hurlyburly” roles when the David Rabe play was Off B’way in 1984. (Rabe also screenplays.) Spacey eventually took the role played by Harvey Keitel on stage (and now in the pic) … Among others from the showbiz community Rocking the Vote at Spago were Lou Diamond Phillips and wife Kelly; it was her first outing since the arrival of their twin girls six weeks ago. Phillips just wound “The Big Hit” for TriStar with Mark Wahlberg, Ving Rhames and Antonio Sabato Jr. and now agreed to cameo in “Another Day in Paradise” with James Woods and Melanie Griffith … Also at Spago were “Ellen” casting director Tammy Bilik, record producer Don Was, WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, Graham Nash and wife Susan, Lynne Wasserman, Marilyn Bergman, Stephen Rivers, “Frasier” scripter Jay Kogen, Eric Eisner, and magician (ABC special) David Blaine.

PRESIDENT CLINTON WENT from Spago up to the home of Cheryl and Haim Saban for the DNC fundraising dinner: $700,000 was raised. Saban, who sat next to the President during the evening, also made a (humorous) intro to the President, who explained his ability to properly pronounce Hebrew words because of where he comes from! Clinton expressed his true support for Israel, despite queries about a non-meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in town at the same time last weekend. Clinton, here again showing his interest in showbiz, asked Saban how much could the Saban-owned Family Channel be worth, “Since you paid so much for it?” … .After leaving the Sabans at 10 p.m., Clinton stopped by the home of pals Cynthia (Sikes) and Bud Yorkin, where the surprised guests, having their dessert coffee, included Barbara and Marvin Davis, Sherry Lansing and Billy Friedkin, Diane and Neil Simon, Evelyn and Mo Ostin, Joanna and Sidney Poitier, and Beth and Ron Dozoretz, Cynthia’s parents visiting from Wichita. Can you imagine the guests’ surprise when Clinton rang the doorbell? … Monday night, Thea and Merv Adelson hosted a Jerusalem Fund dinner, where Kirk Douglas received the King David Award, presented to him by Israel’s PM Netanyahu.

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