Perot out, but Crenna still has wings

GOOD MORNING: Although Ross Perot pulled out of the presidential race, Richard Crenna, who portrayed Perot in “On Wings of Eagles,” still will record the audiotape version of the book (by Ken Follett) for Simon & Schuster this month. Crenna, “a strong supporter of Perot the man,” said yesterday, “I was waiting to see what he was to be–as the candidate. I’m disappointed he quit — but he did a tremendous job of shaking up both parties.” … Crenna continues his portrayals of real-life characters as his banner produces more of Vincent Bugliosi’s experiences for ABC, as he did on last year’s “And the Sea Will Tell” On hearing the Perot news yesterday, Pat Kingsley said she’ll now channel her (valuable PR) efforts to Congressional candidates. … Among Hollywood events hoped for by Perot was a party at the Marvin Davises. The Davises are at the Hotel du Cap, where they celebrated their wedding anni with pals including the Jerry Perenchios, Mark Cantons and Roger Moores. When Canton told Moore he was a fan, Roger told him, “I happen to have a script in my pocket.” … The Demo-celeb action switches this weekend to the Hamptons, where one of those being toasted is Senate candidate Barbara Boxer. Alan and Marilyn Bergman wing in for it. Marilyn’s responsible for the Marin County Rep. entering the race. … It’s looking good for Michael Jackson to perform during halftime at the Super Bowl from the Rose Bowl. He’d sing “Heal the World” and mebbe another tune and performs to benefit his Heal the World campaign–for a possible million-$ contribution. His European tour’s a total sellout with Michael-mania wherever he stops. Five dates at giant Wembley Stadium are also SRO, Paris, Sept. 13, ditto. He’ll also play Bucharest, Beirut.

CONGRATS EMMY NOMINEES: Musical director Ian Fraser received his 16th–for tuning “Christmas in Washington.” … TV Acad Governor Sandra Bettin (Performers Branch), who won a beauty contest in Culver City when a teenager, will be a judge at tomorrow’s “Miss 1992 World America Contest” on ABC from El Paso. … Carol Connors, Emmy-nominated with Jimmy Haskell for their tune “Love Without Strings” from “A Salute to America’s Pets,” has written “Walk With Dignity” for the “Miss World America” show. Julie Budd sings Carol’s tune. … Dodi Fayed’s next Allied Stars banner feature will be “Rules of the Road” at MGM. David List at Allied and David Kanter at United Talent set the deal. … Mary and Irving Lazar cocktailed Carol Matthau at the Peninsula hotel on publication of her memoir, “Among the Porcupines” (Turtle Bay). We reported on Matthau’s very revealing, honest, humorous, sometimes sad autobiog from galleys earlier this year. She’s now modestly accepting the critical bouquets and tells me she’ll write another revealing book — about a British counterspy, “whose story deserves to be told–as do some others,” she said between signing autographs for the hefty celeb crowd on hand to toast her. They included the Jimmy Stewarts, Gregory Pecks, Jack Lemmons, Steve Allens (he took over the piano from Joe Marino), David and Annabelle Begelman, Richard Benjamins, Jackie Bisset, George Burns, Gordon Davidsons, Doug Cramer, Suzanne Pleshette and Tommy Gallagher, David Geffen, Brandon Tartikoffs, George Schlatters, Sydney Pollacks, Alan Livingstons , Norman Lears, and of course Carol’s (very loving) husband Walter Matthau (who just had a skin cancer removed from his nose), and son Charlie. … Some of the group segued to the Bistro Garden for dinner.

JOHN PHILLIPS IS RECUPING at UCLA Medical Center after receiving a liver transplant on July 4. John said, “It’s like having a new lease on life.” … Press agent Joe Sutton and money manager Elizabeth Edlich are engaged to wed. … Praiser Annabelle Stevens departed Rogers & Cowan to set up Melrose Communications Inc., a marketing/advertising company. … Steve Ellman, director of exhibitor relations for Universal Pictures, was elected president of Creative Arts Temple. … Warren Beatty and Mike Ovitz were at Morton’s Wednesday evening. Morton’s inaugurates its outdoor patio dining on Fridays-Saturdays starting next week. … Outdooring at the Hollywood Bowl to catch Ella Fitzgerald were Jason Priestley and Christine Elise, in the box next to Eva Gabor and Merv Griffin. … The Aug. 5 AMC Century City screening of “The Seven Year Itch” starring Marilyn Monroe benefits AIDS Project L.A. Gregory Rutkowski, who runs AMC Theatres’ West Division, has made his theaters a forum for issues ranging from AIDS to environmental awareness, freedom of speech, etc. Jenny Jones is compiling muffin recipes (!) from celebs for a cookbook whose entire proceeds benefit the Image Foundation –to help women who’ve encountered problems with breast implants and also to teach parents and teachers techniques to instill better self-esteem in children. … Celebs will turn out in three giant rings for the bow of Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey’s Aug. 6 bow at the Sports Arena benefiting the National Dyslexia Research Foundation. Joyce Bulifant is exec VP of NDRF. Showbiz is trying to help! Christopher Nassif’s CNAgency is celebrating its 10th anni. And Nassif and wife Robin, casting director at ABC, expect their first child (a boy to be named Christopher David N.) in mid-November. … Kim Delaney signed with United Talent Agency. … And Dana Ashbrook pacted with William Morris.