GOOD MORNING: “I Want To Tell You”– again in a book? Author Lawrence Schiller has been tape-recording O.J. Simpson throughout the case, “almost every day — to preserve literary history,” says Schiller, “like Norman Mailer’s ‘Executioner’s Song’ (TV’d by Schiller).” The sessions include two nights before the verdict when Simpson gave his evaluation of the verdict, “which was close to what the jurors decided,” admits Schiller. With his g.f. Kathy Amerman, Schiller, producer-director-author and onetime Life photog as well, set up the camera sessions in the Simpson house on the latter’s return for Kathy A. to chronicle. As for the final outlet of the material, adds Schiller, “O.J. will make the decision”… Another court session’s completed for Eric Douglas with clearance on both counts stemming from a Sunset Strip street fracas. Next is his appearance in federal court on charges stemming from the airborne brouhaha N.Y.-L.A. Meanwhile, young Douglas maintains a stiff upper lip on his career as standup comic and dramatic voiceover thesp … James Caan and non-pro Linda Stokes were married Saturday in a very private ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The bride and groom expect their first child, a boy, in two weeks. (He has three children by his previous marriage). Caan now is playing heavy to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s heroics in “Eraser”… Melissa Gilbert and husband Bruce Boxleitner welcomed their first child, son Michael Garrett B. on Oct. 6, considerably ahead of his expected Christmas Eve arrival; he weighed in at three pounds … A ruby ring Frank Sinatra gave Lana Turner is among the magnificent jewelry (diamonds, pearls, etc.) to be auctioned Nov. 2 by Christies here at the Peninsula hotel. And Thursday at Christie’s in N.Y., Lana’s fabulous fake trinkets go on the block.
B’WAY’S BURSTING WITH EXCITEMENT and anticipation of the Oct. 25 official bow of “Victor/Victoria” and Julie Andrews’ return after 30 years. At the first dress rehearsals, visitors included Julia Roberts, Whoopi Goldberg, Hal Prince, Placido Domingo, Jane Powell. At Julie’s first night appearance, she was given a five-minute welcome back ovation. And more importantly: the advance is now over $16 million … From B’way to — LaCienega and “Forbidden Hollywood” at the Coronet, where this talented troupe added a new number, an inevitable takeoff on “Showgirls.” Gerard Alessandrini’s written the parody, “NC-17” to the tune of “Forty-Second St.” If the new number, like the movie, doesn’t work — it’ll disappear. The cast recorded the “Forbidden” CD “live” last weekend for the Varese Sarabande label. The three “Forbidden B’way” albums were done in studio, but, Alessandrini wanted to capture the true theater feeling … Brenda Vaccaro’s mom Christine, well-known Dallas restaurateur, broke her arm during her 88th birthday visit here with Brenda. Mama’s recuping at Cedars-Sinai. And Vaccaro must leave soon for N.Y. and “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” in which she plays Barbra Streisand’s best friend. They’ve been friends since “We were kids,” reminds Brenda. “So this will be fortunate for me to tell her how much I love her — on film”… Natasha Gregson Wagner plays a pregnant high schooler in Col/TriStar’s “High School High” with Jon Lovitz and Tia Carrere; Hart Bochner directs. Young Wagner recently wound “The Method” and “Dead Beat”… Joan Collins is the ruthless adversary to Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers in the “Hart To Hart’s” “As Time Goes By” vidpic for the Family Channel to air Nov. 26, the night after Collins airs as the villainous Lady Cynthia Hogbottom on ABC’s “Annie: A Royal Adventure”…”Apollo 13” producer Brian Grazer gets the Filmmaker of the Year award from the Motion Picture Club in N.Y. on Thursday.
“I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE starting out today. Everybody wants to be a composer for films,” Jerry Goldsmith told me after receiving Variety’s first American Music Legend Award on Sunday at the North Ranch Country Club. “It was a rarity when I decided to become one.” The modest Goldsmith was “very touched” by the accolades, but admitted, “If you start to believe all that stuff you’re in trouble!” Goldsmith, with more than 150 feature scores and dozens of TV series to his credit, is winding up the score for the dramatic “City Hall,” then “Two Days in the Valley” followed by “Executive Decision”–“my first action picture in a long time” (for Joel Silver). He’s so busy he had to nix all symphony conducting offers. The evening, benefiting the City of Hope, was doubly dramatic as Jerry’s father, Morris Goldsmith, 93, was on hand — he designed the original City of Hope and showed youngster Jerry the Duarte site when it was only tents! … Barbara Taylor Bradford is a guest of honor and presenter at the Komen Awards on Oct. 18 in Dallas, with Hillary Clinton chairing and all former first ladies on hand for the organization, which fights breast cancer … Talia Shire receives the Humanitarian Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund., Nov. 4 at the BevHilton. Shire’s husband, Jack Schwartzman, was a cancer victim last year.