GOOD MORNING: “It was a wonderful family reunion,” Frances Fisher enthused after she and Clint Eastwood worked with their 4-year-old daughter Francesca in “True Crime.” The trio’s scenes were filmed in Oakland, with Fisher playing a circuit attorney (Cecilia Nussbaum) battling with newsman Eastwood and Francesca playing his daughter. Eastwood’s daughter Alison (from his first marriage) co-starred in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” which he also directed. He stars in and directs “Crime,” and produces with Richard and Lili Zanuck. (As usual, Eastwood is ahead of sked.) Eastwood asked Fisher’s permission for their daughter to play the role during a recent family dinner. On her return from “True” filming, Fisher told me Francesca was “a total professional — even cried on cue!” In L.A., Fisher is now starring in “Je M’Appelle Crawford,” also for WB. In that pic, Fisher plays a “Hollywood power publicist to the stars.” This lower-budgeter — the story of an international World Freestyle Hair Championship — aims to cameo many stars. They location today at Paul Mitchell’s mansion, Monday at Jose Eber’s salon. Among those cameo’ing in a final, “hair-off” competition for a “Platinum Scissors Award”: Cathy Lee Crosby, David Hasselhoff, Bruce Jenner, Cathy Moriarty, Mink Stole, Angie Dickinson and Drew Carey. They are hoping to lure Eastwood for a quick cut. For another “family reunion”?
ROY ROGERS IS HOME from the hospital, having earlier taped the final scene of the projected “Happy Trails” biopic for CBS. In the sequence, Roy, 86, and wife Dale Evans host one of their (many) children’s charities events — raising $200,000. Jimmy Hawkins is producing the spec with exec producers Gil Cates and Dennis Doty When Ted Danson announced $575,000 had been raised at the finale of the American Oceans Campaign gala at the BevWilshire, Michael King said, “Let’s make it an even $600,000,” and contributed another $25,000. King and Irving Azoff were honorees of the evening underwritten by Lacoste. Oceanographer Sylvia Earle spoke of the international year of the oceans and comedian Richard Jeni entertained, as did the “City Kids” group brought out from N.Y. for the occasion. Danson said the AOC is launching a drive to get kids more involved in saving the oceans — like taking ocean samples to chemistry classes. The always-involved Danson is seen Sunday on Showtime’s powerful “Thanks of a Grateful Nation,” about the government’s denial of troop exposure to toxic agents during the Gulf War — and the ensuing suffering. “I was glad to be involved in that,” said Danson. … Gwen Verdon, who will be honored here with the Julie Harris Lifetime Achievement Award during the “live” airing of the Tonys June 7 at the Museum of Flying, tells me she will red-eye back to N.Y. for a performance of “Sweet Charity” to benefit B’way Cares (for AIDS). The Tonys party here benefits Aid for AIDS and the Actors Fund. The “Sweet Charity” benefit at Avery Fisher Hall is “in concert form,” with alumnae including Verdon, Donna McKechnie, Debbie Allen, Bebe Neuwirth and Chita Rivera. Plus: Betty Buckley, Whoopi Goldberg, John McMartin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Charles Nelson Reilly, “The Life” girls — and ex-mayors Koch and Dinkins. Verdon then heads to Toronto where the “Fosse, a Celebration in Song and Dance” project preps its July 18 bow. Anne Reinking directs. Verdon, 73, is artistic director. “I thought I had retired,” she laughed.
INTO THIN AIR — that’s what’s happened to Sly Stallone’s involvement in U’s “Into Thin Air”. … Out in the fresh air: Emmy- and Peabody-winning TV series “Wishbone” was toasted at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage on the occasion of its first feature-length video, “Wishbone’s Dog Days of the West,” available June 9. The pooch-starring feature is inspired by O. Henry’s “Heart of the West” — this time the dog is the hero — of youngsters from 6-11. The series is from Lyrick Studios, which also boasts “Barney.” On hand at the Autry Museum were creator-exec producer and director Rick Duffield, Steven Kavner, Jackie Kaptan, Larry Brantley, voice of Wishbone, co-star Sally Vahle and Wishbone himself, celebrating his 10th birthday. … Manager Mimi Weber celebrates her 40th anni in the biz today. … Jon Voight, en route from the Belgium location of “Dog of Flanders” to the Texas sites for “Varsity Blues,” stopped in L.A. long enough to dine at Drai’s with daughter Angelina Jolie and son Jamie. Also there, Hugh Hefner (lauding Viagra), Charlize Theron, Alec Baldwin, Cassian Elwes, Penny Marshall and James Brooks. … Eric Clapton, his band and singers unveiled their all-Armani look at the Forum as they head out on their Pilgrim tour. … Mort Sahl intro’d Steve Allen and his 17-piece band at Catalina’s, where Steverino plays through Sunday. … Ray Charles is honored for his 50 years in music at the 15th Annual Chicago Blues Fest June 4. … Last show of the season at Luna Park, Saturday is Estelle Reiner. … Dana Delany receives her alma mater Wesley U.’s Distinguished Alumna award Saturday.