GOOD MORNING: Tina Sinatra sent me a “bloody” horse’s head Wednesday, the morning after HBO’s “The Rat Pack” preem at the Acad. No, Tina was not at the screening-party. She let her feelings be known when the movie was first announced: “I have no intentions of seeing it.” When Time mag asked Ray Liotta, who stars in the vidpic as Frank Sinatra, if he wasn’t afraid he’d be receiving a horse’s head (as in “The Godfather”), he answered, “No.” So Tina sent him the (fiberglass) head with a big “Oh yeah!!” note attached. “It was in fun — he didn’t get it,” she says. Although Liotta claimed in later interviews that he autographed the head and sent it back, there was no Liotta signature on the horse I received Wednesday. But there were signatures of previous recipients, includ-ing Les Moonves, Joel Silver, Peter Tortorici, Andy Davis, Gary LeMel and Warren Beatty (and now, yours truly). The horse, “a running gag,” usually sits outside Tina’s office, when not being let out of its starting gate en route to an unsuspecting loved one. The horse wasn’t Tina’s only missive yesterday. After she read Daily Variety’s Phil Gallo’s negative review of “Rat Pack,” she sent it to WB’s (parent of HBO) Bob Daly with this note: “There is a God!” … I was very much around during the days of the real Rat Pack and knew all the principals before, during and after. You would call me irresponsible, unreliable, throw in undependable, too (apologies to Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen) if I didn’t say how far away the pic’s players are from the real thing. It’s not really their fault. After all, who could be the Rat Pack except those “Rats” themselves? After displaying ’emselves in N.Y. and L.A. premieres, the HBO “Pack” tries tonight to convince Las Vegas preemgoers at the Desert Inn. Well, the Sands isn’t around any more, either.
IT’S A REUNION for Jack Klugman and Garry Marshall — their first time together since 114 segs of “The Odd Couple,” 1970-1975. Klugman will star in “Death of a Salesman” at Marshall’s Falcon Theater in Burbank, Sept. 17-Nov. 1. Kevin Larkin directs, Chris Steele produces. Marshall cannot helm; he’s in post on “Other Sister” with Diane Keaton, Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi (“Saving Private Ryan”), which he calls “one of the best things I’ve ever done!” Marshall’s also prepping “Runaway Bride” with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere (“It’s not a sequel to ‘Pretty Woman’ “). For years, Klugman told Marshall he wanted to play the “Salesman” role. “Now he looks like Willy Loman!” he says. Klugman (76) recently wound eight terrif months on B’way with Tony Randall in “The Sunshine Boys,” which received a rave from Daily Variety — and from me! Klugman laughingly recalls, “When I was up for ‘The Odd Couple’ they said, ‘He only does drama.’ And when I said I wanted to do ‘Death of a Salesman’, people said, ‘You only do comedy’!” He knows the play well, has seen it from its early days with Lee J. Cobb. Klugman’s dramatic perfs on B’way include “Saint Joan,” “Mister Roberts,” and “Golden Boy” (the latter with John Garfield, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden, Kim Stanley, directed by Clifford Odets). For this new legit stand, Klugman says he’ll be paid $75. Raphael Sbarge costars and Klug-man’s friend Peggy Crosby is also in the cast. Jack’s voice sounds the same as it did on B’way and he says he’ll use “a magic feather” to enlarge it for the stage. Randall, recently a second-time father, told Jack he’d like to go back on stage; they’re talking about taking “Sunshine Boys” to Australia … Kitty Carlisle Hart brings her delectable one-woman show, “My Life on the Wicked Stage,” to the Skirball Cultural Center, one night, Sept. 23 to benefit West Coast Ensemble.
SALLY KIRKLAND, RECUPING from breast reconstruction surgery following removal of saline implants, returns to work next week in Lawrence Mark’s “Twinkle Toes.” The always-ebullient Kirkland volunteers: “I thought I was going to be totally flat now, but I have a new, good figure, a 36-B.” She was her old self when I recently visited her on the set of Ron Howard’s (Imagine) “Ed TV.” And in the earlier “Norma Jean, Jack and Me,” in which she plays Marilyn Monroe, she is also, figuratively, the Kirkland of yore … Wolfgang Puck returns to Austria to cook for the first time since he left there in 1967. He’ll be there Sept. 5 along with Spago and Chinois chefs Lee Hefter and David Robins for a dinner in Rust, outside Vienna. The next night, Puck’s mother will cook a home-cooked meal for him at her house in St. Viet … “Entertainment Tonight” continues its “new” tradition, and will hold its post-Emmy bash this year at downtown L.A.’s Cicada, just minutes from the Shrine … Barbra Streisand includes the two tunes she sang at her wedding in her next CD: “I’ve Dreamed of You”(Rolf Loveland and Ann Hampton Calloway) and “Just One Lifetime” (Melissa Manchester and Tom Snow). She will not use footage of her singing at the wedding in the video … Jim Brolin receives his Walk of Fame star Aug. 27. This year, he presented the Hollywood Film Fest’s award for best pic over $1 million — which he won last year for his feature bow with “My Brother’s War” … Director/writer Kevin Rodney Sullivan takes his “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” to the Montreal Film Fest, to show out of competish.