‘Angie’ rushes to put Davis in Oscar contention

GOOD MORNING: “Angie, I Says,” the first Caravan Pictures effort for Hollywood Films, was skedded for an early l994 release, but after Joe Roth (who partners with Roger Birnbaum) visited the set in Brooklyn, he told producer Larry Brezner to rush it so Geena Davis can qualify for an Oscar this year. Brezner says Davis, newly brunette and talking pure Brooklynese, even has the local Bensonhurst kids fooled. “They don’t believe it’s really Geena,” he tells me. In the pic, Davis is pregnant by her ex-Brooklyn boyfriend when she meets Irish lawyer Stephen Rea (who comes by his accent honestly). The pic will make you laugh and cry, promises Brezner, and that’s why Roth’s rushing ’em Oscar-ward. Brezner returns to Fox (where “Angie” originated with Madonna) for an epic Western, “Gone To Texas,” which he describes as “the real story of the Alamo”…”Beverly Hills 90210’s” Gabrielle Carteris promises that her special at 9 tonight on Fox, “Face the Hate,” is only the beginning of her program to battle prejudice. She is talking with Edward James Olmos to produce an education package since schools are already requesting tapes of her no-punches-pulled Rysher Entertainment “Hate” show. “I want something to live on beyond a one-hour special,” she told me. Carteris’ experience facing guns of a white supremacist group outside Allentown, Pa., is frightening. “Babies in their cribs are taught to say ‘Seig Heil!’ ” she reported. Carteris, reminding that “90210” had shows attacking prejudice against gays and blacks last year, will have one on anti-Semitism this season. Among her offers, HBO is talking a talkshow special …”I always feel better when I’m working,” Jessica Tandy told me from the Savannah location of Miramax’s “Camilla.” And Tandy’s celebrating her 84th birthday today! She feels terrif and sounded great. She says this movie’s “quite different from anything I’ve ever done before.” Husband of 50 years Hume Cronyn plays her lover. It’s a smaller role. Next, in Hallmark’s “To Dance With a White Dog,” he has the major role, she the minor. Tandy tries something new in October, narrating the Anne Frank story backed by a symph orch in Newport.

ALTHOUGH WRITER PAUL ROSENFIELD died May 27, friends continue to receive letters and packages prepared by him in advance of his suicide. I received one of his letters on my return from vacation. Paul, who had written his final column for L.A. Style toasting my 40th anniversary with Daily Variety, handwrote , “Thank you for your friendship,” and typed his obituary — but said he had “died May 25,” when indeed he had died on the 27th — and the letter was postmarked the 29th of May. His brother John told me Paul had filled eight shopping bags, all properly stamped; he asked neighbors to mail them. He returned to Rhonda Fleming a book she had inscribed to him, and told her not to grieve. He sent back to fellow L.A. Times alumnus Irv Letofsky a Bogart poster he’d given him. Brother John, who had stopped Paul hours from suicide last August, said his brother had been under a psychiatrist’s care and taking heavy doses of anti-depressant pills. But Paul was in touch with friends until the last day, never indicating the complex plans he had carefully taken for his death. His WBooks editor Nanscy Neiman saw him the previous Saturday and said “He was in a good mood,” working on his Hepburn bio. But Michael Viner, who made the deal for Rosenfield with Warner Books, noted Paul had a hard time facing the deadline. Annie Gilbar, who was Rosenfield’s very supportive editor at L.A. Style, said he’d written a column saying he had AIDS — she didn’t run it — he then learned he was not afflicted. (Gilbar is now “consulting editor” on Time/Warner’s upcoming style-type mag). Hart Bochner, Ali MacGraw, Ann-Margret and Roger Smith, Alan Nierob, Steve Shagan, and Paul’s brother and parents gathered for a “get-together” to farewell this gentle soul who wanted no tears — but how can you not shed them over someone who harmed no one?

DONALD TRUMP AND the expectant Marla Maples houseguested with Mary and Pierre Cossette (Marla’s “Will Rogers Follies” boss) at the Cossettes’ Malibu home over the weekend. Pierre’s off to Branson to talk the Will Rogers Theater there. He’s set Bill Kerby to write the book for the Hank Williams B’way musical … More than a million dollars was raised for APLA at Thursday’s H’wood Bowl gala honoring Calvin Klein. Barry Diller, Sandy Gallin, David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steve Tisch co-chaired, and Harper’s Bazaar underwrote the night, which featured the fashion show-dinner by Ambrosia, and the incomparable Tina Turner. Among those applauding were Annette Bening and Warren Beatty, Jacqueline Bisset, Ali MacGraw and son Josh Evans with Nathasha Wagner, Connie Stevens, Vidal Sassoon, etc. … Pat and Larry Gelbart’s daughter Cathy won the KABC Radio promotion contest tied up with the “Crazy for You” bow at the Shubert by singing Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Cathy had never sung before in public, and as winner is off to New York, with the prize also including meetings with legit toppers — Larry is not among them.