GOOD MORNING: By this time you’ve probably heard everything about everyone’s celebration for Bob Hope’s 100th birthday on Thursday — except, perhaps, how Bob will celebrate. I spoke with his wife Dolores and daughter Linda. His birthday dinner will be his favorites: roast lamb, roasted potatoes, mint jelly and lemon meringue pie “which will be difficult to put 100 candles on,” the ladies laughed. They agreed they’d have the Toluca Lake Fire Department standing by! Dolores celebrated her 94th birthday Tuesday, also with dinner at home with family. Her dinner was Italian from Zucca’s (of the Patina family) managed by Michele Strickland, girlfriend of Linda Hope’s son Andrew. Linda admits, “I feel like I’m 100” — as she and brothers Tony and Kelly wind up the N.Y.-D.C.-L.A. celebrations when at least 35 states proclaim “Bob Hope Day.” More than 2,000 birthday cards, including ones from Queen Elizabeth and President Bush, plus 5,000 e-mails have arrived. Bob has been told of all the events and toasts and Linda says “His eyes light up with each thing I tell him and they bring a big smile to his face. We’ve been blessed with every day he’s been with us — and he’s been very competitive, determined to be 100. His grandfather made it to 99 and dad always said, ‘I’m going to beat that’.” Dolores says, “He has accomplished what God made him do. He’s never complained — he could have been CEO of anything.”
ROLAND JOFFE IS HONORED tonight at the DGA at Amnesty International’s Film Fest bow with the 2003 Artists for Amnesty Award. It’s nearly 20 years after the bow of his “The Killing Fields” which AI notes “remains not only relevant to today’s audiences but becomes even more critical to showcase the lessons of history given current world events.” Amnesty International also honors filmmakers who shed light on the Afghan massacre of 3,000 prisoners who surrendered to Afghan allies, also to South Africa’s national AIDS policies, etc. Joffe, in accepting this award, tells me, “Amnesty International is a great searchlight.” He’ll be introduced by Brendan Fraser whose work, Joffe says, he admired in “The Quiet American.” And he’s talking to the thesp about the next project he’s written, “The Invaders” which spans 18th century India to — “Boston in the future.” It shoots in India post-monsoon season. Joffe who created-produced MTV’s late night “‘Undressed” soap for six seasons, is discussing a seventh … With Par’s “The Italian Job” soon filling screens with hefty footage on the Mini Cooper, it’s interesting to note that Toyota’s hybrid Prius (half electric, half gas) driven by Dennis Weaver 3,872 miles across the country to lobby in D.C. averaged 48 miles per gallon. Weaver met with Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and several senatorial aides on fuel-efficient cars. P.S. I test-drove a Prius and found it excellent … Sculptor Robert Graham’s 14-foot-tall aluminum statue “Torso,” commissioned by the Rodeo Drive Committee, will be unveiled June 14 at Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way, launching the start of the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Fame.” Giorgio Armani will be the first name to be set (at a later date) on the “Walk” … The Emporio Armani was reopened on Dayton Way with a party hosted by Milla Jovovich to benefit the Wildlands Project. The walls were pulsing with the music provided by dj Cameron Douglas for the crowd including Rosanna Arquette, Derek and Drew Riker, Sam Neill, Gretchen Mol, Bai Ling, Raiko Aylesworth, Mira Sorvino, Jessica Caufield, Kelly Lynch, Ashley Angel. Jaime Pressly … Robert Evans and bride Leslie Ann birthday-partied Nikki Haskell at Evans’ home where well-wishers included Alan Thicke, still sporting a moustache and beard to cover the damage done when he took a hockey puck in his mouth during his regular weekly ice hockey game with (younger) Hollywood players. Also on hand, Suzanne Pleshette and Tom Poston, Jackie Bisset, Charles, Tracy and Tony Danza, Nikki Hilton and Casey Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs and Michael Klein, Barbara Carrera and Cameron Doughty, Michael and Pat York, Alana Stewart, Betty and Fred Hayman, Charles Evans, Ken Roberts, Buzz and Lois Aldrin, Craig Kilborn.
ALTHOUGH RENEE TAYLOR in “An Evening With Golda Meir” wound last weekend at the Canon, look for a return there in the fall. But first, Renee and director-husband Joe Bologna head out in comedic stands together in “If You Leave Me I’m Going With You” alternating in other cities with “It Had To Be You” … A Dixieland band greeted guests as they arrived at the Bel Air Country Club for “the celebration of Robert Stack’s life. His friends filed past a life-sized photo of Bob as they filled the main dining room and adjoining rooms where wife Rosemarie had prepared overflowing tables of caviar and champagne with orchids adorning every table. Bob wanted the day to be joyous, the speeches brief. I followed his instructions as I introduced the speakers who were warm, loving — and brief. Rosemarie and daughter Elizabeth had loving welcoming remarks followed by those of Dr. David Danoff, “Unsolved Mysteries” producer Don Cosgrove, the Rev. David Walker, pastor of the L.A. Church of Religious Science, who was told “not to be religious,” Red Buttons and Mickey Rooney who, Buttons said, “was refused membership in the Bel Air club because he called a member by his first name!” … Laura and Casey Wasserman welcomed son Emmet Lewis Wasserman May 21 at Cedars-Sinai. Lynne W. is the happy first-time grandmother, Ken Zifrin, the equally-happy first-time grandfather and Edie Wasserman, the ecstatic first-time great-grandmother. Casey’s arena football team the L.A. Avengers play the Arizona Rattlers in a playoff game Sunday at the Staples Center and Casey says “Emmet will watch — on TV.”