Andrews to give 'Great Performance' on PBS
Dec. 17, 1968:GOOD MORNING: Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards departed for their five-week Swiss vacation. And Dyan Cannon wound “Bob & Carol” and is off for Acapulco. Daughter Jennifer will Christmas with papa Cary Grant… An expectant Michele Lee was ordered to bed by her medic but hopefully will be able to tape a spec with Carl Reiner next month. However she cannot join hubby Jimmy Farentino in N.Y. for the holidays … No truth to the rumor the L.A. Times will call it “Heck in The Pacific.” …New Alignment in Charles Champlin’s Times entertainment troops calls for Don Alpert to become news ed — of Part IV; Irene Radden shifts from a family ed to a news ed; Aleen McMinn is now assistant to Champlin. And, as previously announced, Cecil Smith segues from drama to TV critic and Dan Sullivan takes over the live action … 2008 Update: Julie Andrews is in Vienna this week taping the 25th anniversary of “Great Performances” to air on PBS New Year’s Day with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She takes over as narrator of the show from Walter Cronkite who has been doing it for the past 24 years. She continues on to Switzerland to meet up with husband Blake Edwards. They were married Nov. 12, 1969… Michele Lee, commuting between homes — and jobs — in N.Y. and L.A. reports that she was indeed able to be in Carl Reiner’s spec and that son David Michael Farentino arrived safe and sound on July 6, 1969. She followed her marriage to Farentino with the marriage to Fred Rappoport, which is now heading to its final divorce and she says, while she remains close to both and goes with D. Stanley Frileck, “Don’t mention the word ‘marriage’ to me.” She has been asked to play a return date at Feinstein’s — she sang at his recent (pre-Proposition 8) marriage to Terence Flannery… Dyan Cannon continues working diligently for seven years on her documentary on teenagers in Hollywood, powerfully telling how youngsters come here seeking a place on the red carpet on the streets of Hollywood but who end up sleeping on those streets. She is also writing a book on the subject — as well as other observations on life, today … I spoke with Chuck Champlin, who was the longtime editor of the L.A. Times entertainment section to mourn the news and I also spoke to my friend Kevin Thomas, the well-respected L.A. Times film reviewer who was retired “unceremoniously” three years ago after 46 years, but who continues to occasionally remind us of his talents. He is a fourth generation California newspaperman. You can imagine his grief over what has happened to the L.A. Times.