George Englund has been urging ex-wife Cloris Leachman to set someone to write her autobiography. Cloris, 81, recently celebrated her 60th anni in the biz, where she won nine Emmys. “That someone is me,” Englund laughingly admitted. They were married for “20-something years and we have five children,” Englund reminded me. “But divorce doesn’t end responsibilities and caring,” adding “60% of the marriages don’t work out.” There’s one problem about his writing Cloris’ book, Englund admits. “I can’t write her version of me!”
On Mother’s Day, Barbara Eden launches her “Love Letters” tour with Oscar-winner (“West Side Story”) George Chakiris in Newark. She’ll alternate her tour with Emmy-nominees Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”) and Larry Hagman (“Dallas“). She takes time out of the tour on May 17 to receive the Mardi Arquette Spirit Award from the SoCal Counseling Center gala at the BevWilshire where she may, for the first time, discuss the tragic death of son Matthew (Ansara).
Katharine Hepburn’s 100th birthday will be celebrated May 12 in Old Saybrook Ct. where the community is restoring a historic building and naming it the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center & Theatre in her honor. A celebrity auction is to be held on this day. Contributions include a bracelet — from Kate’s niece Katharine Houghton — worn by Kate in plays, including “Coco.” Also a letter written by Helen Hayes and another by Lionel Barrymore. Anthony Harvey who directed her in “The Lion in Winter,” donated a photo of Kate on the beach at her beloved Fenwick (in old Saybrook). Among events coming up to honor Hepburn is a film fest at Wesleyan University in July.