GOOD MORNING: Hollywood remembered Anne Bancroft Wednesday night at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. (She died June 6). Carl Reiner hosted. It was not easy for Carl. He and wife Estelle were very close friends of Anne and Mel Brooks — Brooks, with son Max and his wife, Michele, and their 16-week-old son dined at the Reiners’ home earlier this week. Among those who spoke Wednesday night was Bernie Brillstein, who recalled he wrote the biog for Anne (Anna Italiano) when he was a 25-year-old agent at the William Morris Agency and she, a new client, also 25. They had remained close friends. Gordon Davidson, who set her in the Mark Taper Forum’s “The Mystery of the Rose Bouquet” opposite Jane Alexander, tried to get her for another play. She and Mel remained strong supporters of the theater. Gordon recalled, “I always knew when they were in the house — I could hear their laughter.” Other speakers included Kathy Bates, director Robert Allan Ackerman, Toni Howard. A film retrospective of Anne’s work was prepared by David Yarnell and Harrison Engle. A mural of stills of Anne’s life and career greeted arrivees in the Academy’s main floor … The lights at the Odyssey Theater in L.A. were dimmed one night and the show dedicated to her. The director is Jenny Sullivan, daughter of Barry S., and the stage manager is Brigid O’Brien, daughter of Pat O’Brien … Add Reiner: Carl will make appearances next month for “The 2,000-Year-Old Man Goes to School” (HarperCollins), in which Carl and Mel add a few new jokes to their classic recordings with lines that address school kids. James Bennett illustrates the book.
THE FIRST EVENT in the newly named Jack Valenti Building of the MPAA in D.C. is tonight’s Youth AIDS event, with Ashley Judd showing her two films about AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa and Asia. Valenti partners in the org. He’s also president of the adjunct org of the Global Fund, out of Geneva, fighting AIDS, malaria and TB. After Wednesday’s Valenti plaquing, he was toasted and lunched at the Senate and House offices by reps whom Valenti had galvanized during his 39-year tenure … The original “I Dream of Jeannie” soundstage at Sunset-Gower Studios (formerly Columbia) was plaqued with star Barbara Eden on hand to commemorate the series lensed there from 1965-70 … Kathryn Crosby is staying at Dolores (Mrs. Bob) Hope’s home during her stand at the El Portal in “The Melody Lingers On.” Crosby sings several of Bing’s hits in the show — including “How Deep Is the Ocean,” “Blue Skies” and, of course, “White Christmas.” … Onstage, and in the (taping) intermission of “An American Celebration at Ford’s Theater — A Salute to the Troops” (ABC July 4), Bob Iger received the Lincoln Medal for contributions to the theater. President Bush thanked the show’s entertainers at a White House reception following. When the show’s Geena Davis, upcoming in “Commander in Chief ” as the first femme president, told Bush she’d never seen the Oval Office, he had an escorted tour set for her. The Pendragons, the husband-and-wife magicians who appear in the D.C. special, are being shopped by manager Rick Marcelli for a reality show. Gil Cates exec produces the Ford’s Theater special, Paul Miller directs and Dennis Doty produces … When “The High and the Mighty” preemed 50 years ago, the young actress co-starring with John Wayne was Karen Sharpe and her date for the preem was Tab Hunter. On July 12, Paramount Home Video preems the DVD launch of the pic and Karen’s date for this preem will be — Tab Hunter. Karen, who later married award-winning producer-director Stanley Kramer, is working on a docu about him called “The Defiant One.”
MARTIN SHORT IS IN N.Y. rehearsing for his one-man show, “If I’d Saved, I Wouldn’t Be Here” with music by Marc Shaiman, Brad Whitman directing … Rob Lowe, wife Cheryl and their two sons are off to London, where Rob bows on Blighty’s boards in Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” Sept. 7 … Susan Baerwald, former NBC head of miniseries, was elected president of the board of directors of L.A. Goal, whose “PeaceWorks” exhibit continues at the Skirball Center through Aug. 3. The talented artists with developmental disabilities have also bonded for the uniquely creative book “Disabled Fables,” now in bookstores nationwide. Nancy Carsey is a longtime benefactor and supporter of L.A. Goal.