GOOD MORNING: Neil Simon has just finished writing “London Suite.””It completes the trilogy,” he said –“Plaza Suite” and “California Suite” having preceded. The characters from “California,” played by Michael Caine and Maggie Smith in the Herb Ross-directed movie, will continue — 15 years later in “London.” Simon asked Caine to do the play — he begged off, however. He told Simon, “Count me in for the movie.” “London” will bow October in Seattle Rep pre-B’way, directed by Dan Sullivan. Simon warms up for “London” in June accompanied by his 13-year-old grandson Andrew, whose mother, Ellen (Mrs. Michael Florindi), is expecting a daughter in July. She’s also completing the rewrite on her “Moonlight and Valentino” script for Polygram … Ian Ziering segues from the final, two-hour seg of “BevHills, 90210” to the bigscreen, starring in “Savat,” a post-Civil War Western filmed by the French FM Intl. Prods. French action star Olivier Gruner co-stars and France’s Isaac Forentine directs. The busy Ziering is also voicing 60 segs of “Biker Mice From Mars,” the top syndie’d animated series. To round out his happiness, Ziering tells me he and Nancy Poznak are engaged to wed …”90210″ co-star Jennie Garth and musician Dan Clark were married Sunday in BevHills with the series cast on hand to wish ’em well. The ceremony was performed by Marianne Williamson.
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GARBO TALKS up — at least her family and estate will be well spoken for as Curtis Management group president Mark Roessler now reps their interests. Among the “programs” pitched to Garbo is a major fragrance, also clothing, jewelry and print outlets. Garbo’s heirs are her niece Gray Reisfield and her family. Garbo thus joins 85 deceased entertainment/sports celebs repped by Roessler at Curtis. Who is his most successfully licensed client? “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce ,” he said. With everything from the use of the word “Hollywood” on souvenirs to the “Hollywood” sign … Producer Don Mischer, before plowing into the Emmys and the blueprints for the opening and closing 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, is directing his second “Murder, She Wrote” for Angela Lansbury … John Gielgud , who just celebrated his 90th birthday by recording “King Lear” on BBC radio, continues the celebration, co-starring with Wendy Hiller (81) in James Prideaux’s play “Laughter in the Shadow of the Trees.” The one-act play (for BBC radio) will be recorded in Sir John’s own garden, directed by John Theocaris … Benny Carter, 86, is off on a 10-day Caribbean Cruise, tooting with the “Sax Summit”… Maria Shriver moderates the first “Women and Doctors” seminar May 6 at the BevHilton. Lucie Salhany, Lilly Tartikoff and Ronald Perelman co-chair the program produced by Susan Mischer and Bonnie Reiss. The event’s in association with the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. Tartikoff asks male and female industry execs to allow their (femme) assistants to have time off to attend the luncheon meeting … Rue McClanahan, who read President Clinton’s late mother Virginia Kelly’s book “Leading With My Heart” for Simon & Schuster cassette, is now talking to acquire movie rights to the autobiog, which she’d like to produce/star in.
MORE THAN $ 350,000 was raised for the American Oceans campaign at Monday night’s benefit honoring Ted Turner at the BevHilton. Founder Ted Danson and exec director Robert Sulnick made impassioned speeches about what’s happening to our oceans. Bob Shaye chaired … Close to $ 2 million is already pre-sold for the Oct. 28 Carousel of Hope, Barbara Davis announced Tuesday at the kickoff luncheon at the Davises’ home, where Nancy and Dana Davis spoke, as did Dr. George Eisenbarth, director of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes … Earth Communications Office (ECO) holds its Earth Day Eve fundraiser Thursday at D.C.’s Planet Hollywood honoring politicos including VP Al Gore and showbiz celebs, including producer/director David Zucker, Donna Mills, Dennis Weaver, Jayni (Mrs. Chevy) Chase. Ed Begley Jr. taped a PSA for ECO. Jan Rhees is new exec director of ECO, which will have booths on Earth Day (22) at WB, Sony and Fox …”Barney” raised $ 10,000 for American Red Cross earthquake relief at Sunday’s preview of his April 24 NBC spec. Celebs who showed up with kids included Deidre Hall, Rob Reiner, Shannon Tweed, Catherine Hicks … Lexy and John Carroll welcomed daughter Whitney Marie April 18 at Cedars-Sinai … One of the world’s great eateries, Le Cirque, celebrates its 20th anni in N.Y. today … The late great Alan Jay Lerner is the “Salon at the Taper” honoree April 25 benefiting the CTG. Michael Feinstein hosts an all-star program co-chaired by Nancy Livingston, who was Lerner’s wife when he wrote “My Fair Lady.”