MPTF gives back to Wassermans

GOOD MORNING: For years, Edie and Lew Wasserman have been giving back to the industry through their tireless support of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Now, the MPTF has found a way to show its appreciation to two people whose vision made possible so many careers and whose devotion to MPTF provided for the humane care of industry members at all ranks and levels for the past 40 years. On Saturday, Oct. 31, MPTF will celebrate the Wasserman’s by dedicating the entire 40-acre Woodland Hills facility as the Wasserman Campus. Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jack Valenti were the two who got Lew and Edie to agree to having their name on the campus — no easy feat. The dedication, to be held on the Edith Head Plaza, is one not to be missed. In addition, the Fran & Ray Stark Villa (an assisted living facility) is now under way thanks to Ray’s $10 million pledge last year, adding to the living legacy to this industry that cares for its own.

HOW DOES HOLLYWOOD FEEL about President Clinton? “Totally supportive,” say Barbra Streisand and husband Jim Brolin. Ditto past supporters Whoopi Goldberg and Bill Cosby. Tom Hanks agrees and says it’s time to move on. On Saturday, Haim Saban and wife Cheryl open their home for a “Unity” event to be attended by the President — who sent Saban a thank you note for his comments about Kenneth Starr printed in the Washington Post and which Saban was happy to repeat to me: “Kenneth Starr should be tried for treason! He’s an embarrassment to this country.” Attendees at the Sabans will include Peter Chernin, Bud Yorkin, Nancy Daly Riordan, Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Burkle, Merv Adelson, Eli Broad, plus politicos, Dick Gephardt, Tom Daschle, Robert Torricelli and Gray Davis. And Oct. 20, Bob Daly hosts a fundraising dinner at his home for Sen. Barbara Boxer at which the President is also expected to attend. A cocktail party hosted by Jim Brooks precedes the Daly event … Meanwhile, Tracy Brooke Swope and David Ackroyd will read Dove Audio’s version of the Starr Report, four cassettes, based on the report delivered to Congress Sept. 9. Dove is a division of New Star Media which recently also published the dramatization, “Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes.” Aw, c’mon, do they really have to? And on a calmer note, New Star will also publish “The Virtues of Aging” authored and read by President Jimmy Carter … Tallfellow Press (Leonard Stern and Larry Sloan) have ordered a second printing of “Diana & Dodi, a Love Story by the Butler Who Saw Their Romance Bloom.” by Rene Delorm with Barry Fox & Nadine Taylor. The book reports the last book Diana was reading was, “On Being Jewish.” The butler, Delorm, is Jewish.

“BEFORE YOU GO” is the next Jordan Kerner-Jon Avnet teaming with Touchstone and David Vogel. The duo are now producing “Inspector Gadget” for the Disney banner. Kelly Bowe scripted “Go,” a romantic comedy which Kerner desribes as a combination of “The War of the Roses” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Well, sort of — it’s about a squabbling married couple who have to make up before they can get into heaven. The pic deal was made by UTA’s Richard Green and Sherwin Doss. Bob Shaye, a University of Michigan alumnus, and his Four Friends Foundation have donated a million-$ to his alma mater benefiting two components of the school’s film and video program. The donation’s in honor of two professors who influenced Shaye’s undergrad years … In St. Paul de Vence, Quincy Jones is visiting with Leslie Bricusse to team on an opera … The first House of Blues-Loews Hotel will open Oct. 1 in Chicago. In addition to its unique architectural design, the hotel will feature a 36-lane AMF bowling center, Crunch Health & fitness Center — and guests will be greeted by a staff in classic denims who present ’em with CDs on arrival. And on Nov. 30, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel bows, the first all-new hotel to be built in Miami Beach in 30 years. One of its features for film folks: a screening room … At Liz Smith’s party at Le Cirque for Sidney Sheldon’s new book, “Tell Me Your Dreams,” Jayne Meadows intro’d husband Steve Allen’s 7,500th (but who counts?) song, “Tell Me Your Dreams” performed by B’way’s Mark Heller. Sheldon presented a $15,000 check to Smith for her Literacy Partners charity … Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, who just performed at the National Press Club’s toast to ASCAP’s 90th, will ditto at Saturday’s bow of the new Golden State Museum in Sacramento … The L.A.-Based Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. was named Publisher of the Year by BMI at the 5th Annual Latin Music Awards in Coral Gables … All in the family: producer Christopher Dan Owens received the Best Film award for his “Border to Border” at the Vegas film fest presented by Aaron Russo — and his dad, Gary Owens … At Friday’s Pioneer B’casters Tribute to Peter Graves at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, Bob Finkel will also receive their Diamond Circle Award … The BevHills Friars Club will honor the late Harry Ornest (father of KNX’s Laura O.) Friday to benefit the Alfred Jay Firestein Diabetes Center at Cedars-Sinai.

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