Diana Ross schedules Manhattan show

GINA GERSHON is nothing like her incredible on-screen creations in “Bound,” “Showgirls” and the season finale of ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” … Gina has a new album, “In Search of Cleo,” which will be heard on iTunes any second. “This is country, blues and jazz. I’ve been writing my own songs because you can’t sit around waiting for lightning to strike. Now I’d like to do a one-woman show.” … Gina and her brother Dann have written a book “Camp Creepy Time,” for 10-year-olds. Gina says, “I saw it as a film from the minute I read Dann’s treatment. And now Steven Spielberg has bought it.”

DIANA ROSS will perform June 28 at the Allen Room in Manhattan’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Diana’s one NYC evening is being sponsored by Qatar Airways and includes – caviar, cocktails and a dinner designed by Colin Cowie. Believe me, 10 minutes after she starts knocking out one hit after another, you’ll realize that the true caviar is onstage. Among the stars expected: Chloe Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gayle King, the Trumps, Donald and Melania. … Hot invite: Gen. Colin Powell and wife Alma will chair their America’s Promise Alliance dinner at the Four Seasons on Wednesday. Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Clinton will be honored guests for this commitment to the nation’s most disadvantaged young people. Promise pexy Marguerite Kondracke is to announce three initiatives to improve the lives of 15 million children.

JERRY SPRINGER is hale and hearty, but wisely planning ahead. The Chicago-based talk host recently went home to England searching out prospective burial plots. “I don’t think it’s depressing at all. I want a big TV screen put up with seats around the grave. Then they can show reruns of my TV show over and over. It’ll be my version of the Kennedy eternal flame. And the headstone will read — ‘I won’t be right back’.” … The customers at Swifty’s posh little “down home” café on Lex at 72 are aglow with news of big ticket sales for the “Fete de Swifty” on Oct. 2. Ali and Joe Torre are co-chairs with Nicole Kidman. This benefits the Mayor’s Fund.

I ASKED my longtime pal Elaine Stritch to give me an update on the morale of fellow actor Alec Baldwin. Elaine plays his irascible mother on TV’s “30 Rock.” She said, “Alec is too full of humor ever to be really bad. But in person he is completely different from the ballsy, brassy testosterone-fueled guy he plays in movies and TV.” … Elisabeth Shue is busy training for her next career — professional tennis ace. She says, “It’s always been a dream of mine. I don’t think I’ll be playing the U.S. Open but by September I’d like to be competing professionally even at the lowest level. I feel more like a tennis player now, than an actress.” … Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake had what appeared to be a more-than-civilized reunion in Berlin recently at the “Shrek the Third” premiere. They smiled, laughed and touched.

(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com)

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