GOOD MORNING: An Oscar performing group has been denied visas by the State Dept. The Nacionale Ballet de Cuba was to have joined Debbie Allen’s group of principal dancers from eight leading international ballet companies, ranging from China to Africa. Cuba’s dancers were to have arrived Monday, but did not get required visas. All the Oscar dancers are skedded to give the media a preview on Friday. The Acad, a non-political organization, as anyone who has watched the Oscars knows, has not (yet?) tried to interfere with the State Dept. ruling … Someone who will attend the Oscars is — Nancy Kerrigan. The Olympic silver medal winner will be there as a guest of Revlon, one of her — and Oscar’s — sponsors. Will we also see Kerrigan on screen in the commercial breaks? … First, Kerrigan appears as host of “Saturday Night Live,” March 12 … Wayne Newton and Katherine Crone have mailed out lavish invitations to their wedding April 9 at Newton’s ranch, Casa de Shenandoah, in Las Vegas … Casa Blanca, the White House, that is, will be the subject of a two-disc CD-ROM being readied by Carl Colby (son of ex-CIA boss William C.) in which you can travel through presidents’ rooms from 1794 to the present, sleep in the Lincoln bedroom, linger in the Oval Office, etc. It’s done with White House cooperation and produced via Crunch Media, which also ditto’d, via CD-ROM, a trek through Elvis Presley’s Graceland … Roger Moore made a quick trip to L.A. from Switzerland and got a clean bill of health post-prostate surgery. He dined at Morton’s at Barbara and Marvin Davis’ table, which also included Sidney Poitier and Leonard Goldberg — who are talking three, two-hour telepix. Goldberg has several in development at 20th. And Poitier is prepping “In Scoring Position” with partner Phil Rose for the bigscreen … Also at Morton’s: Steve Tisch, checking the elegant new dining room for the Oscar party which he and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter will host. It looked like an Oscar night group Monday night. Among those also there: the Michael Ovitzes with the Rob Reiners, the Lew Wassermans and Tommy Gallaghers (Suzanne Pleshette), Irwin Winklers, Don Johnson, David Foster, Arnon Milchan, Ed Limato, and Debbie and Michael Hiatt — they’re expecting in August.
A TERRIF SEND-OFF for the Museum of TV & Radio’s Festival Monday night, when the Coast museum site in BevHills was announced by museum chairman Frank A. Bennack Jr. Among the nearly 500 guests on hand was Sid Caesar, who receives a salute tonight at the County Museum of Art where he’ll be joined by his “Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” confreres Imogene Coca, Howard Morris, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Gary Belkin, Mel Brooks, Nanette Fabray, Sheldon Keller, Gisele McKenzie, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, Mel Tolkin and Sylvester (Pat) Weaver … And the Women in Film’s Festival also got off to a solid start Monday night at the Avco Cinema in Westwood screening of Martha Coolidge’s “Angie,” followed by an appropriately Italian-themed party at the Armand Hammer museum. On hand were the pic’s stars Geena Davis (with husband Renny Harlin), Aida Turturro, and Michael Rispoli and director Coolidge, whose “Crazy in Love” closes the fest. WIF board prez Joan Hyler greeted all before the pic and fest, which is chaired by Chris Svoboda. Thursday, the pix continue at Universal with the screening of “A Fare to Remember,” by director Susan Shapiro. The festival will include seminars, debates and, of course, lotsa showbiz schmoozing … Terry Bradshaw’s week finds him guesting on “Blossom” and starting a two-week stint in Fox TV’s “Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”– while he’s also talking with Fox Sports on his one-hour NFL pre-game shows. P.S.: Terry also is seen Thursday in a “Sinbad” seg.
RAQUEL WELCH, WHO SPOOFS herself at an ersatz Academy Awards scene with Leslie Nielsen on “Naked Gun 33 1/3,” will attend the Oscars with song (“A Wink and a Smile”) nominee Ramsey McClean. Welch, now seen as a teleblurber for Equal , is writing a mother-daughter vidpic script “Double Take,” but she laughingly says daughter Tahnee has no interest in playing her daughter. “It’s too close to her!” Welch says her daughter claims … Ruda Dauphin’s in town lining up the Deauville Film Fest (Sept. 2-12), which will pay tribute to World War II movies and showbiz while the French Atlantic has a lengthy 50th anni of D-day … Brian Grazer tossed a 40th birthday party for partner Ron Howard Tuesday night at N.Y.’s Peryali eatery. Among thesps there from Howard-directed pix: Michael Keaton (“The Paper”), Steve Martin (“Parenthood”), Tom Hanks (“Splash”), Billy Baldwin (“Backdraft”) … Gerry and Chuck Panama celebrate their 40th wedding anniMonday … Julian Meyers, 76, runs the 5K at Sunday’s L.A. Marathon.