Talking with Shirley Temple

GOOD MORNING: Showtime sent Shirley Temple clips in which she’s portrayed (by Lea Golde) in “Bojangles” (the story of Bill Robinson as played by Gregory Hines) airing Saturday. Temple tells me, “They asked me if I would do interviews for it and for a documentary they were doing on ‘Bojangles.’ I said ‘no comment’ to doing interviews and ‘no’ to the documentary.” On Mother’s Day, May 13, ABC will air “Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story” on “The Wonderful World of Disney.” While Shirley would give Showtime “no comment,” her reaction to the clips of her were, “The girl was a little thin and the wig was silly.” She also didn’t like the look they gave her mother (as played by Kirsten Bishop). Temple wasn’t sent Showtime-MGM’s full film, in which the talented Robinson was depicted as a womanizer, drunk and a gambler who died broke. Shirley said of Robinson, “He was a classy man — a dear person to me and a good friend.” There’ll be yet another outing for the Temple-Robinson famous dance duo thanks to Danbury Mint, which has created dozens of Shirley Temple dolls, the new one to be of both Shirley and Robinson — plus the famous staircase on which they are dancing. Temple approved of the sketches for it. She’s also a “consultant” for the “Child Star” telepic in which Hinton Battle plays Bill Robinson. It’s produced by Hartbreak Films’ Paula Hart and daughter Melissa H. (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”) and directed by Nadua Tass (“Amy”), with Ashley Orr starring as Shirley from 5-1/2 to 11; Samantha Gillian is the 4-year-old Temple and Emily Hart is 14, when the film finales — “when,” says Hart, “you know she has a lot more to offer as a force in the world.” Shirley told me she sent these producers comments (corrections?) on the script. Paula confirms they followed all of Temple’s notes. Will Shirley make appearances for this film? Again, no — but Thursday she viewed the completed “Child Star” and gives it a rave. Meanwhile, she’s busy completing her biography which takes her into the TV series “which I loved” and into politix and international relations in which she was/is indeed “a force in the world.” Hartbreak Films is also readying a talkshow pilot, “The Planet Yum Thing,” hosted by Emily Hart, 14, with sister Trisha, 22, producing.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND CAMERON DIAZ visited the “Gangs of New York” extra in the hospital who was injured during filming on the Villa Borghese location in Rome Thursday. Two other players received minor injuries during the scene when a horse, drawing a wagon, bolted. But the duo did not require a hospital stay after being taken from the location by ambulance. It was during the removal of the injured when paparazzi descended on the group and an irate DiCaprio heaved a container of horse manure at the paparazzi. The film had been ducking them but Rome is the place where the term “paparazzi” was born, y’know. Film reps say the lensers have been hiding in men’s and women’s rest rooms, under tables, etc. and in this case, the reps says they were interfering with the victims being loaded into the ambulances — that’s when Leonardo reportedly took umbrage — and aim.

CONGRATS TO DIANE VON FURSTENBERG and Barry Diller, who are to wed at N.Y. City Hall today, with the celebration — also his 59th birthday — following at her house in the West Village. When I asked about a honeymoon, a close friend said, “They’ve been having it for 25 years.” And recently sailed to the Seychelles aboard Diller’s yacht along with their closest friends … Actress Dolores Hart, who departed Glamorville 40 years ago to join the Abbey Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., has been elected as Mother Prioress of the Abbey … Dame Cleo Laine and John Dankworth will receive the Back Stage Bistro Award’s Lifetime Achievement Awards for excellence in the performing arts March 5 at the Supper Club in N.Y. March 13. Pat Boone’s Gold Label releases their new album, “Live in Manhattan” and their “Quintessential Cleo,” a handpicked collection of Cleo’s favorite recordings from her illustrious career … This sounds like a B-movie but Sally Kellerman says it’s true: She was booked for three weeks at Feinstein’s in the Regency, but after two weeks Tuesday, when cold weather cooled biz, she decided it was time to return to the warmth of L.A. She headed for JFK, checked her luggage and was about to board when she got a call from Alan Svidrikoff, saying there were so many advance reservations coming up she had to return. So she retrieved her luggage, returned to the Regency and will reopen Saturday.

FRIENDS PHONING THE CLINTON residence in Chappaqua are surprised when it’s Bill, himself answering. He hasn’t answered the phone himself in 30 years! … Aaron Tonken, who helped raise $4.5 million for Demo (election) functions, is now readying “A Family Celebration” April 1 at UCLA, at which President Clinton and President and Mrs. Gerald Ford are among the honorees for the multi-charities event. It includes a Wolfgang Puck-prepped dinner to follow a concert hosted by Carson Daly of MTV, with appearances by Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow, Marc Anthony, ‘N Sync. Honorees also include the “Ally McBeal” company, Bob Newhart and Sylvester Stallone. Several charities benefit from the event.

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