Semel preps Fire & Ice Ball

GOOD MORNING: “There’s not a person out there who doesn’t have a mother,” Jane (Mrs. Terry) Semel reminded as she chairs the Fire & Ice Ball to benefit the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. The Ball, Oct. 17, is set for two WB stages, one of ’em the spectacular “Batman and Robin” set. Jane, who has three daughters, also reminds, “One in eight women will have breast cancer and 5% of all women will have ovarian cancer.” During the gala, Annette Bening will star in a docu, not with actors but with real patients, telling how the Revlon UCLA program has been making amazing progress. Semel credits this group with putting the film together: Joel Silver, Karyn Fields, Mitch Taubin, Nancy Williams, Randy Rogers “and I couldn’t have done it (the Ball) without Marissa O’Neil,” Semel adds. Bette Midler and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dance troupe will entertain. Jones, whose friend Sunny Dupree died of breast cancer, wrote an AIDS-themed ballet “Still Here.” “I’ve been touched by the support and dedication of everyone involved,” Jane told me. And the funds are already topping previous years. Co-chair Ronald Perelman has contributed over $1 million again. When Semel headed the ball three years ago, it raised $2.7 million, and it will be topped this year, she predicts. Lilly Tartikoff co-chairs with Perelman and Semel It can now be told, reveals Daniel Baldwin, that he and Isabella Hofmann welcomed son Atticus July 13 when Hofmann had completed only 26 weeks of her expectancy. “It has been touch and go,” Baldwin admits, “and the epitome of powerlessness for me.” The baby undergoes further surgery today. Hofmann has been on leave from “Homicide,” whose company has been most supportive to her, as have all the Baldwin brothers. Daniel also admits he had “a brief relapse just before the baby was born” and went into rehab. But when the baby arrived, Baldwin admits, “I knew a higher power was keeping him alive and now I am dedicated to being a good father and husband.” P.S. their marriage date is upcoming — his feature, “Trees Lounge” for Live Entertainment has an Oct. 8 release.

HARD TO BELIEVE: Martin Manulis was reminiscing about the years he launched, as sole producer, “Playhouse 90” on CBS some of which he’ll tell Oct. 3 at the DGA, part of the Museum of Television & Radio’s William S. Paley TV Festival. Manulis was the sole producer of over 60 shows, starting in 1956 with John Frankenheimer directing “Forbidden Area,” followed by “Requiem for a Heavyweight” with Ralph Nelson helming. Directors who followed included Arthur Hiller, George Roy Hill, Dan Petrie, Delbert Mann, Fielder Cook, Franklin Shaffner, Arthur Penn, etc. The writers of these “live” shows included Rod Serling, Paddy Chayefsky, William Gibson, Tad Mosel, Frank Gilroy, Don Mankiewicz, Barnaby Conrad, Robert Alan Arthur, Aaron Spelling, David Shaw, A.E. Hotchner, Abby Mann, Del Reisman, Reginald Rose, Horton Foote, etc. “It was a very excitingtime,” Manulis (80) says. He’ll conduct a Q&A at the session, which will include clips of those priceless shows Hugh Grant and his “Extreme Measures” producer Elizabeth Hurley made their way down the photog-peppered red carpet at the Acad for Castle Rock’s preem then the duo slipped out to L’Orangerie for dinner. They later joined the preemgoers at the post-screening party at Eclipse, where owner Bernard Erpicum had readied a caviar-topped sturgeon, smoked salmon, etc., supper party. Erpicum was also celebrating: he and Deborah Turnbull will wed Valentine’s Day ’97. Among those congratting the thesps and director Michael Apted was Mike Myers, currently co-starring with Hurley in New Line’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Hurley returns to producing next, possibly a mafia comedy starring Grant. … Meanwhile, over at the BevHilton, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin received their Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Calif. Friars. Steve Allen m.c.’d a show including Julie Budd, Jerry Vale, Hal Linden with warm remarks from Ricardo Montalban, Michael Kidd, and jokes by John Byner. And, as at all events these nights everyone also keeps an ear to the Dodgers games.

COMING ABOARD HIS FIRST BIG MUSICAL is Dick Van Patten as Cap’n Andy in “Show Boat,” bowing in Chi Oct. 22. Also sailing in “Show Boat” are Dorothy Loudon and Marilyn McCoo. Pat and Dick Van Patten are honored Saturday at BevHills High by the N.Y. High School Alumni Assn. the Van Pattens met at Professionals Children’s School The L.A. Times is planning an early ’97 tabloid-size Thursday Calendar, weekend guide section A.C. Lyles delivered the eulogy to Dorothy Lamour Thursday at St. Charles Church in North Hollywood . “I used to deliver her mail at Paramount 60 years ago,” A.C. recalled, “now I’m delivering her eulogy.” Prophetically, recently at the funeral of production manager Andy Durkyus at the MPTV Hospital, A.C. also delivered the eulogy; Lamour, also on hand, told Lyles, “The next eulogy you’ll deliver will probably be mine.” Bob and Dolores Hope, Lew Wasserman, Morey Amsterdam, Roddy McDowall and Earl Holliman were among friends saying farewell to Lamour The Thalians this year salute “The Legendary Ladies of the Silver Screen in You Oughta Be in Pictures, a Jubilant Salute to Movie Musicals,” Oct. 15 at the Century Plaza. Sandy Krause and her Foundation are underwriting the entire production. … Penny Marshall presents the High Hopes award of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation to Whitney Houston at the Carousel Bal. … Michael Douglas celebrated his birthday (52) Wednesday on the set of “The Game” in SanFran in a surprise birthday party scene with his movie brother Sean Penn. Douglas then winged home to Santa Barbara to celebrate with brothers Peter and Joel. … Jack Carter is guesting in NBC’s “Saved by the Bell,” his 84th stint playing a comedian.