Douglas ‘reassures’ dying McDowall

GOOD MORNING: Michael Douglas talked to Roddy McDowall and “reassured him” that he (Michael) would continue the commitment that Roddy has had over the years to the Motion Picture & TV Home and Hospital. Roddy has been receiving countless calls of encouragement plus visits from friends such as Lauren Bacall, who flew out from N.Y. to see him, as did Dominick Dunne. Others who have been over to see him: Elizabeth Taylor who had dinner at his house, Kate Burton, Joan and George Axelrod, Tuesday Weld, Anne (Mrs. Kirk) Douglas and Edie (Mrs. Lew) Wasserman … Michael Douglas is continuing his U.N. work on international disarmament of nuclear weapons — and small arms as well. He met with Canada’s prime minister Tuesday and tells me he’d “like to have a talk with” Charlton Heston, president of the National Rifle Assn. NRA reps were on hand at the U.N. last week when Douglas made his speech about small arms … Robert Altman has been set to direct the film version of Dominck Dunne’s “Another City, Not My Own” for producers Anita Zuckerman and Arnold Stiefel. The producers have also taken back the Lady Chablis’ “Hiding My Candy” in turnaround from WB. There has been excitement for Chablis since her appearance in the film of John Berendt’s “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Berendt has recuped from his heart attack in Savannah and is back writing. Another musical tour of “Johnny Mercer’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” with the Lady Chablis and Emma Kelly, the Lady of 6,000 Songs, will go out again in the fall of ’99 … Dominick Dunne is at work completing “The Way We Lived Then” for Crown.

TEN REELS OF “TOWN & COUNTRY” film stolen from a courier truck outside a N.Y. location, were never recovered — although a $5,000 reward was offered. So the company reshot sequences, putting them a day behind sked in N.Y. And talking of skeds, how’d you like to make a movie (“Town & Country”) where you have to accommodate one star, Diane Keaton, who has a stop date; another, Goldie Hawn, who had a promise of a month off; Jenna Elfman, who has to do her Sun Valley location scenes when not in front of the “Dharma and Greg” TV cameras. The troupe is back shooting in L.A. today … The tempera-ture in the Academy theater was intolerably cold at the otherwise hot preem of Polygram’s “What Dreams May Come” and co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. warmed up the audience when the start of the film was delayed by the exuberance of Robin Willams with the vidinterviewers outside the theater. Gooding bounded into the auditorium with his Oscar-winning enthusiasm, saying, “I apologize — ” and bounded onto the mid-theater control console, after which lights dimmed and the film rolled. The post-party in the lobby was a carbon symphony of the film’s floral beauty created by Along Came Mary and troupe who served up the supper fare. But there was no sign of Robin Williams. He was at his own private party at George Pagani’s new eatery (at the former Eclipse) for friends who included co-stars Gooding and Annabella Sciorra plus Teri Garr, Christine Lahti, Marlee Matlin, Maria and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Mark Harmons — about 200 guests in all were there while the other preem guests remained at the Academy doings … Bob Morris has opened another of his lavish eateries, this one, the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe … Wolfgang Puck plays himself (natch!) in a scene with Sharon Stone and Andie McDowell in Albert Brooks’ “The Muse” … Dan Tana turned down a seven figure offer to sell his eatery, which celebrates its 34th anni Thursday.

AARON SPELLING IS TALKING with Debbie Reynolds about a series. “He is a very kind man,” says Reynolds, “he doesn’t forget his old friends.” Meanwhile, Reynolds is readying to p.a. for “Halloween Town” and “Christmas Witch.” She’ll also meet with the Motion Picture Academy to talk the possibilities of her museum site. And she starts her job as national spokesperson for Marriott’s Senior Living Services. It’s for individuals (seniors) who can’t live alone, says Debbie, and need help — but not nursing or hospital care. It’s “assisted living.” And Debbie says she knows about it only too well, having taken care of the late Lillian Burns “as a second mother” for 46 years, and for her own mom, Maxine, 86. As for the facilities for those in the industry in need, she reminds there is no place like the Motion Picture & TV Fund’s Home and Hospital … Yup, that’s Bob Evans’ voice on radio commercials for ESPN’s Sunday night football. And the mellow-voiced Evans was also signed to do voiceovers for Shell Oil. He reminds he started in radio … QVC will present “FFANY Shoes for Sale” (the Fashion Footwear Assn. of N.Y.) fifth annual fundraiser to benefit breast cancer research and education, Oct. 2 at the Pierre’s grand ballroom. Hillary Clinton is honorary chair and Rosie O’Donnell will provide the personal commentary. In addition to the sale, three-hour specials air on QVC’s ‘ “Morning Show” every weekday through October … The Beverly Hills Hotel has made No. 3 on the list of the world’s top 75 hotels as rated by Institutional Investor mag. The Pink Palace jumped from No. 56 last year! It follows No. 1, the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and No. 2, the Ritz in Paris.

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