Jan. 19, 1977:GOOD MORNING: Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson are last-minute additions to the list of Hollywood hosts winging in to D.C. for the Jimmy Carter gala tonight … John Wayne will explain his appearance on tonight’s CBS spec with, “There always gotta be loyal opposition.” … Theo Bikel, Equity prez, winged L.A. to D.C. to attend the inaugural, told us he’s not only going to try for more federal support for the arts, but “to try and get more performing artists on the National Arts Council.” As for his own performances, Bikel, who has played Tevye in “Fiddler” in over 400 performances, has been queried to take over for Zero Mostel when the latter’s six-month smash B’way return winds … (2007 update: Theo Bikel, who has now appeared 2,094 times as Tevye in “Fiddler On the Roof,” appeared in Miami this week at the Jewish film Festival. He says he was then-President Jimmy Carter’s first appointment on the National Endowment of the Arts Council. Bikel calls the title of Carter’s current best-seller, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” — “inflammatory.” This month, 14 of Atlanta’s business and civic leaders resigned from the Jimmy Carter Center’s Advisory Board protesting former President Carter’s recent criticism of Israel.)
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