Wallace sets Shabazz-Farrakhan meeting

GOOD MORNING: “It was moving,” Mike Wallace says of the meeting he arranged between Louis Farrakhan and Attallah Shabazz, oldest daughter of Malcolm X at Farrakhan’s place in Phoenix. It was their first “public” meeting, although Wallace says the duo had met privately previously. Any admissions made by Farrakhan in the seg airing Sunday on “60 Minutes”? … You recall that Wallace was one of th first to interview Malcolm and who showed him for what he really was and not what people thought he was — that he (Malcolm) wasn’t a hate-mongering hoodlum but a man who had the best for his people in mind and that his anger was for his people as much as it was against anyone else — and against what he called “the perpetrator” — white America. It was believed that Farrakhan was responsible for Malcolm’s demise, but Spike Lee never said so in the Marvin Worth “Malcolm X.” There was never anything really addressed as to who killed Malcolm. In the pic it was only “black men” who killed him, not white men or the CIA. But people had told Malcolm “the brothterhood” was going to kill him, that a bomb was put in his car and he was warned not to get in it. … When I asked Wallace what Farrakhan has admitted in the interview, he said, “He acknowledged he was complicit in some of his rhetoric.” … Wallace was “surprise” birthday’d Tuesday in the “60 Minutes” screening room, where, one staffer admitted, “blood has often run.” But this time, it was champagne that flowed on his 82nd birthday. Don Hewitt, adressing Wallace, told him, “You have to start acting your age!” No chance. Wallace still plays a hard-hitting game of tennis. He was 50 when “60 Minutes” started and says he has abslutely no plans to retire. “What’s the alternative?” he laughed. His next stop, Austin, Texas, this weekend, to tape a seg with Liz Smith on his Sept.17 “60 Minutes” tribute to her — on publication of her book, “Natural Blonde” (Hyperion). Smith worked for Wallace and his then-wife Buff on their “Mail & Buff’s Mail Bag” for CBS radio — in 1953. Liz recalls fondly working for him. The feeling’s mutual.

JACK VALENTI RECEIVES the 2000 Scopus Award from the American Friends of Hebrew University Dec.3 at the BevHilton, joining past Scopus Laureates Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Aaron Spelling and Ted Turner. … Viacom’s CiCi Holloway, Carol E.Schatz, Pres. and CEO of the Central City Assn. of L.A., Cora M. Tellez, Pers. Foundation Health Systems and Anne Marie Wheelock, sr. V.P. of Fannie Mae, receive the ADL’s Deborah Awards May 25 at the Bev Wilshire Home Box Office and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity preem Arthur Cohn’s “Children Of The Night” May 11 at the HBO Theatre, N.Y. The 18-minute docu about the children of the Holocaust features rare and never-before-seen footage — guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed and forever angered that this tragedy could ever have gone on — and on — and on. And also to remind this must never happen again to children — in Kosovo, Rwanda — anywhere. … The 2000 Multiple Sclerosis Dinner of Champions honoring Col’s Amy Pascal had to be shifted to a later date, Oct. 2, when the Century Plaza Hotel notified Tom Sherak the hotel is undergoing major renovations — including the ballroom, always SRO for ths event. The Westin Century Plaza Tower becomes the St. Regis this fall and it also undergoes major changes. Wolf Walther, Gen manager of the new St.Regis is married to Elke Sommer. … Liza Minnelli, recuped from pneumonia, is now undergoing further examination at Baltimore’s John Hopkins to determine whether it’s hip or back causing her problems. … Nellie Lutcher, 87, underwent emergency surgery for pacemaker implantation. She’s home recuping and is determined to play the Cinegrill for a week, starting Aug.9, the 65th anni since her L.A. debut at the Dunbar hotel on Central Ave. … Conny Van Dyke, the first white female singer signed to Motown at the age of 15, has won the battle vs. colon cancer and tells about her planned return to the biz on Skip E. Lowe’s “Looks at Hollywood” this week. … Bernie Brillstein recorded his autobiog, “Where Did I Go Right?” for Publishing Mills out next month. And Warner Books publishes the softcover Jan.2001. ..

OSCAR WINNER HILARY SWANK stopped by the Acad to have the engraved plate attached to her Best Actrress Ocar. Linda Mehr, the Academy’s Margaret Herrick library director was in the office with Exec Director Bruce Davis and Hilary revealed she’s a fan of the Acad’s library, having spent nearly two months there researching a paper on film history when she was at Santa Monica City College. … Gil Cates is due for many surprises today as he is honored as by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV. The evening acknowledges the school’s “deep appreciation for his leeadership and visionary role — he revitalized the school’s curriculum and he recruited faculty of national and international distinction, also acquired the Geffen Playhouse.” The celebration starts at 5 p.m. with a program in the James Bridges Theater, and continues on with a party at the Chancellor’s residence. … At the kickoff luncheon Tuesday for the Carousel of Hope, Barbara Davis revealed she’s already sold 43 tables for the Oct. 28 event at the BevHilton. Toys ‘R Us is a major sponsor. … Orlando’s Bill Whiteacre has joined Pamplin Fisher to make a distribution deal for their Ernie Borgnine feature, “Hoover” which previewed well last month in Florida. Whiteacre, who originally sold (Haxan’s) “Blair Witch Project” to Artisan, has just signed a new deal for Artisan to make a comedy, “The Heart of Love” in the $10 million range.

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