GOOD MORNING: “I got a clean bill of health yesterday,” Sharon Stone happily said. She heads to Toronto to co-star with Dennis Quaid in “The Devil’s Throat” (formerly “Coal Creek Manor”) directed by Mike Figgis. Sharon had been hospitalized last year after being treated for bleeding caused by a tear in an artery at the base of her skull. She continued to suffer headaches but now, she beamed, the problem’s behind her as she resumes work. She certainly looked like her old self at Cannes this year. And she did Monday when we saw her at the remembrance for Lew Wasserman … John Frankenheimer’s seat on the Academy’s Board of Governors will be taken over by Gil Cates. He’s no stranger to those climes, having served on the Acad’s board for nine years and, of course, having produced the Oscars for 10 years … The Sony/Revolution Bruce Willis starrer set in Nigeria, though filmed in Hawaii, is now titled “Tears of the Sun” … Among the studio toppers supporting the retention of Hollywood as part of the city of L.A. is Par’s Jonathan Dolgen. He volunteered to Mayor Hahn to send him a pledge card to fight the secession of Hollywood — the home of Paramount … With reality series the hottest summer shows, comes word the producers of “The Amazing Race” are developing another test-of-brain-and-brawn show. Bertram van Munster, who teams with wife Elise (Doganieri) and Jerry Bruckheimer on CBS’ “Amazing Race,” says their next show will have competing teams made up of people with similar professions. Meanwhile, more than 12,000 applied for the million-$ test, with ages ranging from 21 to 65. They’ll go for 12 contestants in the new (third) season on another “incredible route” around the world, starting next month. They plan to live up to the initial review by Daily Variety‘s Michael Speier, who described the show as having “more excitement than an ‘Indiana Jones’ pic and more disagreements than a bad marriage.” And the producers are also deep into their ABC series “Profiles From the Front Line” — in Afghanistan. The 13 one-hour shows are well into production with interviews of servicemen of all branches, their characters “arc’ing” through several segs. Some of the footage is awesome, including scenes with the wounded — no deaths. Van Munster is recently back from Afghanistan, and Elise hopes to go in a few weeks. Their filming company, headquartered near Kabul, is living out of tents in a “very primitive lifestyle.” He says, “Looking at the soldiers there is like looking at soldiers of the future. A phone call can bring support from a thousand miles away.” How are the soldiers chosen to be one of the “Profiles”? “The ones with the best personality,” van Munster allowed. They already have close to 40 on tape. An airdate is not yet set.
CONGRATS TO ART LINKLETTER, who celebrates his 90th birthday today. And he is plenty busy, telling me he makes 70 speaking engagements a year — at $25,000 per. He just entertained the National Convention of Hardware Dealers in San Diego, f’rinstance. “I use the money to drill oil wells,” he said. “I’m a born wildcatter.” And a very successful one. Linkletter and his wife of 66 years, Lois, will dine privately tonight, but next week Glenn McDaniels toasts him at the L.A. Country Club where, Linkletter reminds, no actor was ever allowed membership — none except Randolph Scott. “He showed them one of his movies and they agreed he was no actor!” Linkletter’s credits in broadcasting cover more than 60 years — including “House Party,” 25 years on CBS TV and radio, and “People Are Funny’ for 19 years on NBC TV and radio. His “Kids Say the Darndest Things” was a best-seller and also evolved into a Bill Cosby-hosted TV show. He has a bottomless vault of stories and his enthusiasm never wanes. It’s no wonder he’s a stalwart of UCLA’s Center on Aging. And an active officer of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation. Happy birthday, Art.
IN ALL HONESTY, he could say he spent his wedding night with Barbra Streisand. He’s Buz Kohan, who today celebrates his 40th wedding anniversary with wife Rhea. But the day they were married in Far Rockaway, Buz’s Wm. Morris agent Bernie Seligman had set up a meeting for him with a singer at the Bon Soir who was looking for material. They met with her between her two shows. She was Barbra. The Kohans then went on to honeymoon at the St. Moritz … Bill Clinton was joined by pals including Ron Burkle and Owen Wilson for steaks at Mastro’s … Sad to report the Palm’s so well-liked maitre d’ Louis “Gigi” Del Maestro, 66, died of cancer Saturday. He opened the N.Y. steak and lobster house’s L.A. site in ’75 and was as well known as the celebs who made it a regular spot– where they’d often sit under their own caricatures. He returned in May to New Jersey when his illness became terminal. He’ll be missed as part of the Hollywood scene … The preem of Par’s “K-19: The Widowmaker” helped raise more than $200,000 for the OPCC Access Center and Ride on Therapeutic Horsemanship. … Mike Farrell will lead a panel discussion at Duke U. School of Law’s conference on international law, human rights and the death penalty in Geneva, Friday and Saturday. Farrell and wife Shelley Fabares also host a death penalty focus event and art auction (art by death row inmates) at Bergamot Station July 28 … Olive Osmond, the matriarch of the Osmond family, is recuperating from two debilitating strokes. Son Jimmy opens new live show “Jimmy Osmond’s American Jukebox Show” in Branson, Mo., at his new theater Sept. 6. He and wife Michelle recently welcomed their forth child, Isabelle. The Osmonds get their star on Hollywood Boulevard early next year.