GOOD MORNING: Jane Fonda is delighted to be back in front of the (movie) cameras — for the first time in 15 years. We spoke between takes on New Line’s “Monster-In-Law” in which “I don’t want to see my son (Michael Vartan) get married (to Jennifer Lopez).” Jane describes her character as “Barbara Walters-like — a very famous TV interviewer, who, however, is let go.” She’s a widow who has gone through four husbands. Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”) directs and Paula Weinstein’s a producer. Fonda says she known New Line’s Bob Shaye for more than a decade from her days with Ted Turner (with whom she remains “dear, dear friends”). “I feel surrounded by love,” said two-time Oscar-winner. She laughingly observed the changes since last she worked on a feature film in Hollywood: “Back then we didn’t have cell phones, laptops, wide motor home dressing rooms.” She’s writing her memoirs for Random House and promises, “I tell pretty much all. The hardest part is what to leave out.” She promises to include the story about the FBI, Jane and yours truly. It made a Daily Variety headline. While she has an agent, Kevin Huvane at CAA, and a publicist, Pat Kingsley, she says she’s “not looking for work.” And that nothing interesting — besides “”Monster-In-Law” — has enticed her … Before reporting to shoot Monday, she attended a leadership conference at Simmons College where she was a speaker — between Janet Reno and Erin Brockovich. As for political involvements, it’s no secret of Jane’s preference, but her main thrust, she says, is “to get women to the polls — they’ll take care of the rest.” At home in Atlanta, she’s heavily involved with the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention … As a closing conversation note, she enthused to me, “I’m very happy with life.” And she sounds it.
HOW DOES ARTHUR COHN, Oscar and Emmy-winning producer of “One Day in September,” feel about Steven Spielberg’s plans for a film dealing with the aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics? “To the extent that Steven Spielberg’s proposed new movie started where ‘One Day in September,’ my feature documentary, stops, I am thrilled,” breakfasted he told me over breakfast at the BevHills Hotel. “My film was the first to expose the abominations of international terrorism in the context of the ’72 Olympics and I can only hope that Steven can build on that with his tremendous talent. It is difficult to imagine, only 2½ years later, a movie on the same subject.” Cohn’s brief stay in town was to finalize production deals on two films, “The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman,” based on the bestseller by Andrzej Szczypiorski and set in post-war Poland, and “The Yellow Handkerchief.” “September” not only won awards, but it was so powerful the German government paid 6 million deutschmarks to surviving families. It is now out on DVD (TriStar) The movie was researched for two years prior to its filming and director Kevin McDonald interviewed the surviving terrorist who remains alive in Africa. … Monday morning (L.A. time) I spoke with the Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier at the King David Hotel in Tel Aviv where he, and all of Israel was still moved by the weekend’s appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hier’s friend (and Center supporter) of 20 years. “He (Arnold) said he will come back (to Israel) and next time with Maria (Shriver) and family.” In the celeb signature book in the King David Hotel, Arnold inscribed “I’ll be back.” In his appearance the governor paralleled President Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” during his Germany trip with this comment at the groundbreaking of the new Holocaust Museum: “AmYisrael chai” — The Jewish people will live on.
I CONGRATULATED THE new bride and groom Monday. Celeste Holm and Frank Basile were still sounding like a couple of kids following their wedding Thursday at Sardi’s. The event was a surprise to the invited guests who were there to attend her 85th birthday. But when Basile asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she told him — ‘to get married.” And so they did — on the second floor site which was a scene from “All About Eve.” The wedding followed a Town Hall event of her Arts Horizons group. “All About Eve” was also shown. Among those on hand, Len Cariou, Kitty Carlisle and Betty Boetticher, who was maid of honor. Opera singer Basile (42) and Holm perform in a cabaret show titled, “At Holm and Abroad,” the next date being Odette’s in New Hope, Pa. May 14-15. She has a new CD upcoming plus a children’s storybook. Ain’t love grand?
CLOSE TO A MILLION-$ was raised for the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Foundation at the 6th annual Michael Douglas and Friends golf tourney and gala at Caesars Palace and its Cascata Golf Course. And Michael’s shot for the Lexus Million Dollar Hole-in-One hit the pin — and bounced out. At the gala, Liza Minnelli got a standing ovation. Others graciously performing included Kenny G, Richie Sambora and Shelby Lynne. Marjoe Gortner winged up from Cabo San Lucas to head an auction that raised $400,000. Catherine Zeta-Jones was unable to attend — on location with “Ocean’s 12.” A guestint with her in the film brought $40,000 at the auction — from two bidders … Siegfried Fischbacher winged in from Vegas to attend the tribute, “For Roy With Love,” at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater. His touching speech, thanking those attending the Academy of Magical Awards, brought a standing ovation … A special benefit for Cedars-Sinai Women’s Health Resource Center, May 24 at the Falcon restaurant on Sunset, will unveil “40 Fabulous Faces,” self-portraits by thesps including Susan Sarandon, Penny Marshall, Julie Kavner, Rue McClanahan, Roseanne Barr, Valerie Harper, Ann Mangnuson, Judy Tenuta, Patti D’Arbanville, Marilyn Katz and Virginia Madsen, as part of “Menopause the Musical.” Their completed canvases will be auctioned to benefit Cedars-Sinai or a charity of the artist’s choice … Special recipients at the 30th annual Saturn Awards of the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and Cinescape Magazine, Wednesday at the Sheraton Universal, are: composer John Williams, Blake Edwards, Ridley Scott, Gale Anne Hurd, Paul G. Allen and Eli Roth.