GOOD MORNING, Mr. President: I asked Jack Valenti, one of the hosts of last night’s Rock the Vote pre-inaugural party, how he thought showbiz would fare in the new administration? “I believe this president is more tuned in emotionally, philosophically and generationally–I don’t think he’ll sit by and let us down,” said Valenti. There were over 1,500 at the Rock the Vote bash at the Sheraton Carlton yesterday. They included Carly Simon, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, Michael Stipe, Christine Lahti, Quincy Jones, Anita Hill. Patrick Lippert received the Congressional Arts Award from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter … Mickey Rooney spoke at the House of Representatives to argue for the sanctity of movies–in a group that included Milos Forman, Arthur Hiller, Geena Davis, Henry Winkler, etc. I caught up with Rooney yesterday at the Ritz Carlton, where Mickey admitted, “I am a Republican–but I am an American. I hope he (Clinton) does well. I was here when I was 16 for F.D.R.–and again for his second term–and his third.” Rooney starts his feature “Judge Stone’s Family” Feb. 15 –he directs and stars with Gloria De Haven as his wife in the Hemdale movie. Rooney says Bruce Davison, Ernie Borgnine and Jack Palance will also be in his movie … NBC’s Bob Wright and GE’s Jack Welch tossed luncheons yesterday at the Willard. And CBS’ Howard Stringer hosted a cocktailer last night before the net’s two-hour Smith/Hemion gala … Liz and George Stevens Jr. hosted a plush party at their Georgetown home with guests including Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Pat and Mike Medavoy, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna and Sidney Poitier, Julie and Harry Belafonte, Lauren Bacall, Tony Bennett, Felicia and Jack Lemmon, James Earl Jones, Billie and Larry Tisch, Sarge, Eunice, Bobby and Anthony and Maria Shriver.
ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE: Johnny Carson took off for Africa, but don’t be surprised if, on his return, he and his alma mater NBC ink a deal–for specials … Catherine Deneuve, in Paris after preeming “Indochine” in Hanoi and Saigon last week, told me the screenings went “very well,” over there. “They were very warm and were surprised to see the links of French Indochina and Vietnam today.” They had no problems getting the movie made over there–“But they did want to read the script, first,” she admitted. “The film is tough on the French–it shows the Vietnamese people (during colonial days) being treated as slaves,” she reminded. Deneuve looks ever-beautiful in the movie despite four very hot and humid months shooting “Indochine,” which is France’s foreign-language Oscar contender. As for movie theaters over there, she said, “They’re like in the ’50 s–and the movie posters are hand-painted.” She says she’d like to do a comedy after the highly dramatic, epic “Indochine” workout. Despite globe-circling last week, Deneuve will be here this weekend for the Golden Globes … The L.A. Australian Consulate is inviting local Aussies to an Australia Day (Tuesday) concert by 10-year-old Nathan Cavalari. He’s an Australian blues-rock guitarist, here on summer break from school Down Under … Steve Allen intros Milton Berle when Miltie receives his Lifetime Achievement Award at NATPE Jan. 28. Burt Reynolds hosts … Mike Myers and Dana Carvey are skedded to start “Wayne’s World II” at Par June 1.
“THE LAST TANGO IN BROOKLYN” is the tentative title of Kirk Douglas’ next novel for Time Warner. Although Douglas hails from upstate N.Y. (Amsterdam), he admits, “I’ve always been fascinated by Brooklyn” and has been researching there … Rush Limbaugh plays the Wiley Post role in B’way’s “The Will Rogers Follies” Jan. 29. Producer Pierre Cossette won’t be able to attend–that’s the night Pierre’s producing Daily Variety’s tribute to you-know-who on the 40th anniversary of writing this column … Meanwhile, Chicago’s toasting Irv Kupcinet as he celebrates his 50th year pillaring for the Chicago Sun Times. Kup says he got his dinner last year–on his 80th birthday … Eddie Fisher will be feted by the Southern Calif. Counseling Center Feb. 27 at the BevWilshire. “Eddie is a man who has overcome addiction and dysfunction. At age 64, his voice and healthy mental outlook are stronger than ever,” says Mitch Jacobs, event chair … Ladies can meet bachelors up for bid at the Big Brothers Bachelor Auction at a preview party Jan. 28 at Nicky Blair’s. The auction itself will be held Feb. 4 at the BevWilshire … L’Orangerie celebrates its 15th anni Feb. 3 and begins also serving lunch. Bon appetit … Marcella Rabwin, who was David O. Selznick’s executive secretary for 15 years, heads to Atlanta April 1 to give the keynote speech on a “GWTW” forum… And George Montgomery, Buck Taylor and Wendy Foote Cody display their western art at the first Silvermoon Invitational Art Show Feb. 13 at the Burbank Airport Hilton. Montgomery’s renowned for his bronzes, Taylor and Cody (wife of Iron Eyes) for their watercolors … Barbara Eden wound her two-hour NBC “The Calling” and heads out on an 11-city tour with “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” bowing March 12 in Detroit’s George Burns theater. Eden debuted her Vegas nitery act on the bill with Burns. Happy Birthday, George.