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Bono preps super-secret Sinatra salute

GOOD MORNING: U2’s Bono doesn’t want anyone on the Grammy staff — and that includes producer Pierre Cossette — to see in advance his remarks in the “Legend” presentation to Frank Sinatra. That includes the TelePrompTer crew and anyone else in the cavernous Radio City Music Hall during rehearsals for tonight’s Grammy presentation. “It will be very impassioned,” Pierre promises. And will more than make up for the embarrassment of the American Music Awards’ editing (for time!) of the Sinatra award on their show … Neil Young will not sing his nominated “Harvest Moon”– didn’t like it that much, sez Pierre, who adds, however, that Young will be on hand should it win. However, as noted earlier, Young will sing his nominated song, “Philadelphia,” at the Oscars … Cossette, who signed Pat Boone to star in “Will Rogers Follies” at his Branson, Mo., Will Rogers theater (bowing April 5), made an added deal with Boone — for two pilots. One’s a daily strip/syndie show plus a weekly variety show featuring the plethora of talent in Branson …”It’s a very lucrative deal,” admits the modest Boone, who will play 12 “Follies” shows a week for three months. “I’ve never worked that hard in my life,” the 60-years-young Boone said. Advance biz for him is terrific: 35 busloads a day are already signed. Boone will exhibit some of his Will Rogers rope twirling expertise on the Easter Seal 20-hour telethon, which he hosts — his 14th — starting 5 p.m. Saturday, airing on KTLA and 100 other stations from the Pasadena Civic. He’s been studying with Montie Montana — who will also perform on the telethon … The talent will promote the Easter Seals’ 1994 theme: “Give Ability a Chance.”

THEY WERE CELEBRATING AT DRAI’S: David Foster, wife Jackie, writer Gary Devore with Wendy Oates — as Paramount picked up the “Spare Parts” project of Devore, Foster — and David’s youngest son Tim (23). It’s inspired by Devore’s 1986 “Running Scared,” which starred Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines. At a nearby table at Victor Drai’s successful eatery was James Woods, enthusing about his just-wound “Curse of the Starving Class”– the best thing he’s ever done, said Woods, who’s anxious to start another this week, “The Specialist,” with Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone … Gary Busey and Yancy Butler join Wesley Snipes, who stars in “Drop Zone” for director John Badham at Par … Stan Zimmerman and Jim Berg, two of “Roseanne’s” “that kiss” seg writers (Michael Borkow also wrote) between Rosie and Mariel Hemingway, host a GLAAD benefit at the Love Lounge tonight when they’ll also big screen the show. As of last p.m. the three-second-long kiss was still in. The writers said they’ll have a trained nurse standing by at the screening “for the squeamish — in case anyone faints”… Kreskin, excuse me, “The Amazing Kreskin,” here for AFM appearances for “Mesmer” (he’s a consultant) starring Alan Rickman, sez Orson Welles once wanted to portray the 18th century “miracle worker.” Kreskin’s also here to film a candy commercial for Italy … Hugh O’Brian rode into Tombstone — this time in a Model-T in a 1914 setting as he intros a flashback to the CBS “Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone,” one of the special, colorized versions of his 1955-1961 series. “I’m playing my own age,” said the 63-years-young O’Brian, “the same age Earp was in 1914.” Hugh didn’t get a percentage until the final year of the series — however, he had 10% of the gross of the merchandising. This Wyatt Earp will never have to rob a bank.

THE CLOSEST OF Dinah Shore’s friends — plus family — related funny moments with Dinah at a gathering at her home Sunday afternoon after the cryptside services. Rabbi Laurie Katz lit a memorial seven-day candle on a table next to a large, unfinished bronze sculpture that George Montgomery had given Dinah in advance of her 77th birthday — which would have been celebrated today. John Rodby, who had been Dinah’s pianist for 24 years, played her favorite tunes and a quintet — two of whose members had also played for Dinah — also made her presence felt. Dinah’s longtime friend Connie Stone had arranged the tasteful memorial. Wayne Rogers, who had been a regular at many of Dinah’s gourmet soirees at the house, said, “She made us laugh, she made us cry — and she made us fat!”… A saddened Royal Dano reported that his son Royal Jr. died Feb. 25 at home of a liver ailment. He was 47 … Sunday night at Matteo’s was again jammed. At the round table, the Ronald Reagan kitchen cabinet held forth near the showbiz folk. Close by, the Lew Wassermans, Jack Valentis and newlyweds Eve (Foreman) and Michael-Williams Jones (he’s here on UIP biz) …”The Fantasticks” celebrates its 14,000th performance Off B’way tonight. Original cast member Jerry Orbach stops by to join the celebration.

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