Hollywood pays tribute to leading lady

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, who has lived in Paris for many years, is 89 and will pen her memoir for HarperCollins, working with the editor Maureen O’Brien. The actresses’ Gotham-based agent Roz Cole negotiated the deal. De Havilland had a long and vivid career in Hollywood — she made many films with that great Lothario, Errol Flynn, perhaps most memorably as his luminous Maid Marian in “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” … Despite the many good girls she played, the lady herself was never a prude and full of fun (though perhaps not quite as full of fun as her truly bawdy, long-estranged sister, Joan Fontaine.) … Tonight, the actress is feted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences at the Goldwyn Theater. On Friday, L.A.’s Museum of Art kicks off a retrospective of her films. The star will attend. On July 1, Olivia’s 90th birthday, the museum screens — what else? — “Gone With the Wind.”

RITA WILSON made a smashing Broadway debut as Roxie Hart “Chicago.” Hubby Tom Hanks caused quite a stir when he arrived at the Ambassador Theater with his family and guests including Dan Ackroyd, Dennis Miller, Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose, Patti Scialfa, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, Graydon and Anna Carter, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Sheila MacRae, Ron and Kelly Meyer, Jann Wenner and Jimmy Fallon. As Tom and his pals took their seats, cameras and cell phone cameras flashed. Tom posed, smiled and then pulled out his own camera and took pictures of the audience. Rita plays Roxie until Aug. 6. … Harry Connick Jr. has been taking intense medication to alleviate a painful back disc problem.

SO WE WERE a little concerned. I mean, here’s this movie about five Chinese girls in the 1800s, sold into prostitution, abused, dragged across the wilds, and after that it’s like, cool, now some dim sum at Shun Lee Palace!” That was American Movie Classics spokeswoman Theano Apostolou, at the yummy after-party celebrating director Walter Hill’s compelling Western epic, “Broken Trail.” This is AMC’s first foray into presenting a made-for. … Mike Wallace and wife Mary took in Julia Roberts’ “Three Days of Rain” and went backstage to greet her. Mike admitted to having a “big crush” on her. Julia asked how he liked the play? He replied, “Did you read the script?” He said again, “But I loved you.” Julia took Mike’s critique with good humor, “I’d rather a truthful opinion than a lie, and now someday I can tell my kids I met Mike Wallace.” … The Weinstein Co. is close on the heels of director Rob Marshall for a movie version of the show about the evolution Gypsy Rose Lee and her infamous stage mother, Rose. The new bigscreen “Gypsy” would be a vehicle for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Email Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com

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