Prez appears at BevHills fundraiser

GOOD MORNING: It’s back to BevHills’ GreenAcres for President Clinton Saturday night, when he will be surrounded by a host of supportive celeb friends. The event: a $2,500-a-couple fundraiser for Barbara Boxer’s senatorial re-election campaign. Those celebs listed as “hosts” include: Edie and Lew Wasserman, Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, Rob Reiner, Paul Reiser, Cheryl Tiegs, Sally Field, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, Jim Burrows, Gary David Goldberg, Sherry Lansing, the Bud Yorkins, Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche. The evening is really hosted by investment banker Sim Farar, Ron Burkle (who owns GreenAcres, the former Harold Lloyd estate), and Sen. Bob Torricelli (D.-N.J.) … The no-smoking edict will be evaded on the Sunset Strip starting March 2 when Jack Nicholson (in a giant Annie Leibovitz photo) will be blowing smoke rings through the “O” in the Hollywood Vanity Fair issue on the billboard at Sunset and Cory. A Times Square billboard goes up March 9 with the April issue’s cover featuring (their choice of) Hollywood’s hottest new thesps … While the new cast and crew of Aaron Spelling’s “Love Boat: The Next Wave” shoves off today aboard the Sun Princess (to ready for the UPN preem April 13 at 8 p.m.), the cast of the original “Love Boat” will be seen on ABC’s “All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling.” They join the casts of his “Charlie’s Angels,” “Dynasty,” “Mod Squad, ” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” and newly picked-up “Seventh Heaven” and “Sunset Beach.” It’s also anticipated the “old” crew will reunion aboard the new ship under Captain Robert Urich. He’s looking great, recuped from treatment following the Aug. 6, 1996 discovery of his cancer. Urich said he had a checkup after Christmas “And it’s clear sailing now.”

“LIVE TV, THE WAY GOD INTENDED!” was the morning-after comment about the Grammys from producer Pierre Cossette. As for the major dropouts (spectacularly replaced), Cossette reports that Luciano Pavarotti had been on hand at the Grammys, but 90 minutes into the show said he would not sing, but would accept the award. He didn’t do either. “Aretha Franklin was a real pro” replacing Pavarotti, singing “Nessun dorma” as she had at the MusiCares Waldorf event Tuesday night — “this time in a lower key,” said Cossette. He also said Barbra Streisand had called Wednesday morning saying she could go on to duet with Celine Dion as plotted — but it was too late: her assistants, music, hair, etc. had already left town, Pierre said. The Streisand-Celine saga sounds like a repeat of Streisand’s in-and-out at the Oscars last year, with Dion again coming to the rescue … The post-Grammy party at the Sheraton went on until three ayem. At the Virgin Records post-Grammy party at the China Club: Courtney Love and Ed Norton, Sting, winners the Chemical Brothers, Miles Copeland, Elle Macpherson, Isaac Hayes, Bjork, Iggy Pop, Sean Lennon, Julia Ormond and Grammy nominee Deana Carter… Celine Dion will also sing at the Essence awards, April 10 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (and airing on the Fox net). Patti LaBelle gets the Essence Triumphant Spirit Award … Second generation: Jason Connery, here with wife Mia Sara and 8-month-old son Dashiell, is seen Saturday on the Movie Channel’s “Midnight in St. Petersburg,” his third film in a row shot in Russia. “I’m all Russian’d-out!” he said. He returns to London in April to talk a feature, “Men on Fire.” And he and his father Sean are talking about producing a play for B’way. Connery, pere, is producing “Art” for B’way this season … Sean Ferrer, son of Mel F. and Audrey Hepburn, is carrying on his mother’s A.H. Children’s Fund, which started in ’94 with a campaign asking only one dollar from each contributor. Of course he’s also seeking major corporation support, but notes, “We’re staying away from fund-raising veal chop dinners.” Ferrer, who also has his own film production company, says contributions can be sent to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, 450 N. Roxbury Drive, BevHills, 90210.

THIS ONE IS A LOT MORE DRAMATIC than I usually do,” said Garry Marshall on Thursday on a rare, clear day so he could direct Touchstone’s “The Other Sister” at the Marina. The movie stars Diane Keaton, Juliette Lewis, Tom Skerritt and Giovanni Ribini and is an original by Marshall and Bob Brunner with whom Garry worked as copy boy on the N.Y. Daily News. As an homage to the weather, Marshall named the film’s dog, “El Nino” … Garry receives his TV Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Award from sister Penny March 9 on Showtime … Kieth Merrill received news of his Oscar nomination for his docu short subject “Amazon,” an Ogden Ent. Imax format film — when he was tracked at an outpost in Nagano … Sam Smith, son of producer Gary Smith, launches his first exhibition of his whimsical, charismatic, colorful art work at the Very Special Arts Gallery in BevHills. Sam is partially sighted, but as Peter Max says, “His sense of design and his sense of humor make him one of the most interesting and creative artists on the scene today.”

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