MCA takes Lansbury for a ride

GOOD MORNING: CBS may not seem caring about Angela Lansbury and her 11-year hit “Murder, She Wrote,” but MCA and Lew Wasserman love her; they’ve put their jet at Angela and husband Peter Shaw’s disposal this weekend to fly the couple to their vacation home near Cork, Ireland. I sat with the Shaws Monday evening at the Captain’s Table aboard the Crystal Symphony as it completed the second of its inaugural cruises benefiting AmFAR … Angela told me she is still “shocked” at losing her regular Sunday night slot, shifting to Thursday, 8 p.m., opposite “Friends.” But in typical professional manner, Angela said, “We’ll do our best to win here, too.” She’s already filmed three segs for the new season. More than 500 attended the Monday night L.A. Harbor cruise, at which Angela was guest of honor — she ditto’d on board in N.Y. a fortnight ago to help the charity. Mathilde Krim, chairman of the board for AmFAR, winged out to be on board here, too. And Patti Austin concerted in the ship’s theater. Austin’s also dedicated to the AIDS charity and proved it singing, “We’re All in This Together.” Austin puts on another hat as she wings to Florida and the Home Shopping Network to launch her line of fashions for full-figured women … Krim told me Elizabeth Taylor, AmFAR’s founding national chairman, is still very much involved in the group, and continues as a hefty contributor (while also heading her Elizabeth Taylor Foundation for AIDS). Krim said Elizabeth’s foundation is aimed mainly at caring for those afflicted while AmFAR’s primary work is in research to find the cure. But, as Patti Austin sang, “We’re all in this together.”

SWEET CHARITY also succeeded over the Memorial Day holiday at La Costa, where the ERAS Center’s 22nd annual Carl Reiner Celeb Tennis & Golf Tourneys raised $100,000-plus … Mike and Gloria Franks again combined sports and showbiz celebs for the Reiner-topped tourney. This one boasted a cavalcade of comedians for the charity’s finale. They included Bruce Fine, Bruce Smirnoff, Bobby Slayton, Johnny Yune, George Lopez, Mark Schiff, John Byner (whose imitation of Bob Stack brought a funny reply from Stack, in the audience!), and Gary Willner … Sharon and Lyle Waggoner conducted an auction of trips to Paris, London and anywhere in the world (!) generously donated by American Airlines. And Barbara Cull, ERAS executive director, announced that Joani (Mrs. Jody) Berry had contributed $ 100 ,000, the first installment of a million-$ donation to ERAS! … Among those on hand: Mike Medavoy, just back from the St. Petersburg Film Fest with a positive progress report on Russia (and his upcoming company). Also on hand and playing tennis or golf were Bobby Morse, Alan Thicke, James McDaniel, Ron Masak, Elgin Baylor, Thomas Gibson, etc. Also, “Seinfeld’s” George Shapiro, still uncertain on whether the show goes one or two more years … At the Feature Directors’ Night at the DGA, guest speaker Art Buchwald opened with, “I’m Forrest Gump.” He also noted it was hard to believe the creative bookkeeping came from a studio (Par) that “gave us ‘The Ten Commandments’!” Buchwald claimed the earthquake that registered 5.9 on the Richter scale was reported by Paramount as 3.6. DGA prez Gene Reynolds welcomed 150 feature directors, including George Sidney, Bud Yorkin, Bob Wise, John Frankenheimer, Delbert Mann, Ted Post and Carl Reiner — all of whom should have gone to law school and not film school, said Buchwald … Line Renaud made a quick visit to L.A. after being honored in Vegas last week. She partied friends with a gourmet feast at L.A.’s L’Orangerie. (P.S.: Alain Ducasse, of the Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo’s Louis XV award-winning restaurant, will be guest chef at L’Orangerie, June 6-11.)

KEVIN COSTNER BROUGHT his three children to see “Beauty and the Beast” at the Shubert. Also there, Lauren Holly with Jim Carrey. The show’s Adam Wylie (“Chip”), who was in “Picket Fences” with Holly, took her and Carrey backstage … Scripter Gary Ross and his wife, praiser Allison Thomas, welcomed twins Claudia and Jack, within two minutes of each other, May 26 at Santa Monica Hospital … Buzz columnist Lise Hilboldt welcomed son Christopher James May 21 at Cedars-Sinai. Longtime friends Eden Collinsworth, the magazine’s president/CEO, and columnist Holly Palance were in the delivery room … Lee Minnelli was rushed to Cedars-Sinai after a squirrel she was feeding in her garden mistook Lee’s hand for a snack — and wouldn’t let go until the gardener whacked him with a shovel. That’s pow biz … Barbara Davis received an honorary doctorate in the humanities at the U. of Colorado (Health Sciences Center) for her concern and efforts for those afflicted with diabetes …”Rescue 911″ exec producer Arnold Shapiro receives an honorary doctorate from the U. of Massachusetts Saturday. He received the Peabody Award for his CBSpec “Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse,” and the Champion for Safe Kids Award for “Rescue 911”– and CBS has given a backup order for “911’s” seventh season.