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Thesps show ‘Love Letters’ to O.J. jury

GOOD MORNING: The O.J. Simpson jurors were in tears — at the conclusion of “Love Letters” as performed for them by Lynn Redgrave and John Clark Saturday in (the empty) Courtroom 104, next door to their usual Courtroom 103. Only the jurors and the deputies were present. Lynn had delayed her flight to Australia and the start of the feature “Shine” with John Gielgud to keep a promise to the jurors. When she was performing her one-woman show “Shakespeare for My Father” at the Canon, Redgrave and Clark had volunteered to do that show for ’em. But four days after she closed (a four-month run), they got the OK from Judge Ito to perform for the Simpson jury — thus they did “Love Letters” instead — with the hefty approval of playwright Pete Gurney. However, one line in the play was changed. Melissa: “I think you like our pool and the elevator in my grandmother’s house and Simpson in his butler’s coat coming in with ginger ale and cookies on a silver tray.””Simpson” was changed to “Johnson”… And Roger Williams, who played a concert for the jurors in February (as revealed here), will next offer to host a retreat day for the jurors at a nearby resort, complete with meals and co-headlining entertainers with him. Meanwhile, Williams himself is feted in L.A. Wednesday with “Roger Williams Day” noting the 40th anni of his evergreen recording (MCA) of “Autumn Leaves” by Johnny Mercer and Joseph Kosma … The Velvet Fog and Mountain Dew: With apologie$ to Cole Porter, “I Get a Kick Out of Dew,” Mel Torme’s commercial for Mountain Dew, did wonders on the tube, so now Cole’s “Kick” by Torme is also going the radio route in a dance mix version by Jellybean Benitez … Jane Seymour and James Keach expect their first child this winter. And Seymour “marries” Sully (Joe Lando) on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” May 20, so producers have some added material for next season as well …”Crimson Tide” scripter Michael Schiffer and wife Cyndee named their daughter, born Sunday, Juliana Tango S. Howcum “Tango”? “Cyndee and I fell in love on our first date when we were dancing,” says Michael. His next Navy pic is “Blue and Gold” for Hollywood Pictures — it’s about the Annapolis cheating scandal — and one of the Middies is a girl. Schiffer is also coming on board as director.

THE NEW FACELIFT OF THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN will be unveiled May 18 by Phyllis Diller. Johnny Grant officiates … Rodeo Drive will be renamed “Pierre Cossette Drive” for one day, July 16, at Concern Foundation’s annual Block Party honoring Pierre for the many years he’s produced this giant fundraiser and others for the cancer research group … Pittsburgh’s historical West Aliquippa Bridge was renamed the Henry Mancini Memorial Bridge. Hank had walked across the bridge so many times during his childhood while growing up in West Aliquippa. Ginny M. was on hand for the ceremony, where she also established an annual award, the Henry, to be given to local college students … Craig Safan musicks director Nick Castle’s “Mr. Wrong” feature for Touchstone — their fifth pic together … Les Brown Jr. brings the Les Brown Band of Renown with Butch Stone and Shira Myrow to the Moonlight Tango cafe tonight … Jeff Rose, VP of Channel One Communications, married Melanie Morris, director of promotions for West Beach Marketing, Saturday at Malibu’s Saddle Rock Ranch. She’s the daughter of Gladstone’s founder Bob Morris … Shaun Cassidy wed actress Susan Diol Sunday at Westwood United Methodist Church … College student Julie Champnella will marry Tom Arnold July 22 in Detroit — before 800 guests … Valerie Harper, four-time Emmy winner, signed with ICM’s Michael Simon … Victoria Principal also inked with ICM … After Corinna Fields was named SHARE’s new president, husband Freddie partied her and 80 of the ladies’ group to midnight supper at Provencia.

“IT’S AN ACT OF PRINCIPLE,” said Robert Loggia, who was offered a major role as sub skipper in 20th’s “Down Periscope” starring Kelsey Grammer. But Loggia had already agreed to play a hard-nosed detective, part of Showtime’s ensemble piece “The Right to Remain Silent”– and for very little dough. Everyone’s doing it for love — and the “everyone” includes Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Fisher Stevens, Carl Reiner, Laura San Giacomo, Amanda Plummer. Ace editor Hubert de la Boulliere makes his directing debut … While scoring the $ 60 million “Congo” with Jerry Goldsmith, director-producer Frank Marshall’s also readying the start of Par’s “under $ 50 million””The Relic,” which Peter Hyams will direct. It’s set in N.Y.’s Museum of Natural History, which will have to be reproduced here since so much action takes place among the mammoth exhibits. Among those interested in starring in “The Relic”– David Caruso. Marshall and Bob Zemeckis were dining at David Slay’s La Veranda and talking fish — or rather fishing, in Colorado with “Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s” Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman. A movie’s sure to be hooked from this quartet.

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