Priscilla sued for interfering in pic prod’n

GOOD MORNING: Priscilla Presley has been attempting to avoid trial and depositions over allegations that she interfered with pic-production negotiations on “Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley.” But Presley’s request has been denied by Judge J. Curry of Santa Monica Superior Court and is ordered to give deposition to Third Coast Entertainment attorneys. She is being sued for $30 million by Bud Grant and his Third Coast banner. Grant allows, “It’s an unfortunate situation. I know Priscilla, she worked for me on ‘Dallas,’ and I’ve never sued — or been sued by — anyone in all my years in the business.” But, he alleges she “hurt” Third Coast’s business relations, specifically claiming, “She got in the middle in our dealings with a talent agency which was going to package our feature.” Thus he is suing for interference and slander. Grant claims Priscilla “or her reps” talked to the talent agency “and they pulled out of the deal and injured us.” But Grant and his banner will “definitely go ahead to (try and) make this film.” They have Imperial Bank and “foreign” backing. Grant adds, “Her (Priscilla’s) actions have created even more press interest” in the venture. Grant, prez of Third Coast Ent., is also readying a bigscreen version of “Save America,” about the kidnapping of a U.S. President. And a second feature, “LRRPS,” is about a real (he sez) U.S. armed forces unit whose duty it was to assassinate a Vietnamese leader … Add legal action: Charles Lowe, responding to Carol Channing’s claims about their breakup, says, “Her accusations are false and misleading and it is my intention to pursue my remedies at law.” He’s also hired press agent Lee Solters who, for 40 years represented Channing — and Lowe. Friends of both Carol and Charles are equally saddened by the airing of the bizarre finale to their 41-year marriage.

NO MATTER WHO SAYS THEY’RE DOING a Sinatra musical on B’way, it’s not one without Sinatra’s music. But there is one legit Sinatra musical actually in the works. His longtime manager, Elliot Wiseman, on behalf of Sheffield/Tina Sinatra, is discussing a musical production around the “Rat Pack” and other Sinatra eras utilizing Sinatra’s name, likeness and music. Tina confirms she has discussed this as well with reps of Dean Martin’s and Sammy Davis Jr.’s estates. And adds that she and the (Sinatra children’s) Shef-field company “will always work with Elliot — he’s our pal” … The Tony Awards West Coast “live” feed, Sunday at the Museum of Flying to benefit Aid for AIDS and the Actors Fund, will start at 4:30, with the program feed at 6, and food to accompany. Also planned is a silent auction of memorabilia of celebs, including Katharine Hepburn and David Copperfield. Among those at the local Tony doings: Gwen Verdon (recipient of the Julie Harris Award), Betty White, Lucie Arnaz, Bea Arthur, Mitchell Anderson, Virginia Capers, Walter Koenig, John Raitt, June Lockhart, Charlotte Rae, Dick Van Patten, Jane Withers, Keene Curtis, etc. Jason Alexander bowed out as presenter on the Tonys as he starts the “Cherry Pink” indie feature. Gregory Hines graciously subs. The Tonys will sparkle this year, with Harry Winston baubles decking the ladies (as at the Oscars). Rosie O’Donnell, f’rinstance, will wear his dia-mond and platinum suite to enhance her outfits through the show … Walter C. Miller exec produces the Tonys, while son Paul is director; daughter Debbie directed two of Rosie’s daytime TV shows last week … Add proud papa Gary Owens, whose son Chris’ first film, “Border to Border” won best comedy award at the N.Y. Intl. Indie Film Fest … Meanwhile, in L.A. Sunday at the Greek, “Israel 50” will boast performers Marvin Hamlisch, Pat Boone (singing “Exodus,” for which he wrote the lyrics), Theo Bikel (who has played Tevye in “Fiddler” 1,630 times), plus readings by Shelley Winters and Peter Strauss and the Intl. Jewish Children’s Choir. Among those receiving Pioneer of Israel awards: Arthur Cohn, Jane and Jerry Weintraub, Barbara and William Belzberg.

IT’S MY HONOR — AND PRIVILEGE,” Mary Steenburgen told me. She is longtime national spokesman for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and again works their annual celeb charity event, “A Time for Heroes,” Sunday with over 100 celebs manning booths and games. And in advance, Mary said $1.8 million has been raised. She reports their fundraising for research grants has resulted in “faster” Pediatric AIDS cure progress. The Milken Foundation underwrites Sunday’s event. Meanwhile, Steenburgen says, “the favorite thing I’ve ever done on camera is ‘About Sarah,’ ” in which she plays a developmentally disabled mother. It launches CBS’ fall TV movie season. “Sarah” is produced by Tim Reid and Wild Rise Prods. with Susan Rohrer directing … Gary Coleman will play an elf in Santa’s workshop in “Tyler Madison’s Coming to Town,” a movie for the Family Channel with Harry Hamlin starring. Coleman is also an investor and spokesman for the Holoworld Cafe/ entertainment complex in Pasadena — first in a planned chain of theme eateries with miniature golf, pool and high tech video games.