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Sinatra kids form charity foundation

GOOD MORNING: As the first anniversary of the death of Frank Sinatra approaches May 14, the Frank Sinatra Foundation has just been formed by his children, Tina, Nancy Sr. and Frank Jr. Tina, who is Foundation president, outlined the formidable plans for me Wednesday at breakfast in the BevHills Hotel’s Polo Lounge. “It’s our obligation to keep the flame alive, to perpetuate his philanthropies — about which he kept silent,” said Tina. She’ll begin selling items to support the foundation — whose main thrust will be youth education — on HSN April 28. Tina discussed her appearances with Barry Diller who assured her of three air times. The initial Frank Sinatra Foundation items: a boxed set of a glass — with an 18K gold image of FS — containing a candle in Frank’s favorite fragrance, lavender, plus a CD, “Frank Sinatra — Gold” which Capitol has graciously given at no profit. The two items will be packaged together to sell for $20 or the candle alone, $15. They are made by Starlight Candle Co. with an initial order for 100,000 — with “a considerable portion going to the Foundation. Tina also showed me other items, like lapels pins — one a miniature of Sinatra’s hat ( $15), a second, a music stand with the Sinatra hat hanging on a mike boom ($25) … .Also being readied is a Sinatra-likeness Christmas tree ornament in Sinatra’s bobbysoxer days likeness. It’s designed by artist Christopher Radko. This will sell for about $40 … Sunday, Tina and family attorney and Foundation board member Bob Finkelstein head to Montreal where a “live” show, “Sinatra Remembered” is being readied to bow at the Casino de Montreal, May 14, the anniversary of his death. Attorney Finkelstein has been busy ko’ing similarly titled and/or themed shows from playing around the world … And talking about Sinatra likenesses, Christie’s East’s auction of memorabilia, April 20 in N.Y., included the original mugshot of the 22 year-old Sinatra, arrested in New Jersey, Nov. 26, 1938 for “seduction.” That’s right — he was arrested for having had sexual intercourse with a married (older) woman. It was the law, no longer in existence. That mugshot became the start of Sinatra’s yet-to-come thick FBI dossier. Guess who won the bid for that original Sinatra mugshot — Tina Sinatra — for $3,200. Her plans for those pix — to be the cover of an album of swingin’ Sinatra tunes! No kidding. Also this week, Tina’s TSP banner signed the deal with Par for the remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) which she got in turnaround from WB — where she still has a pact. TSP also plans a series based on “The Gunfighter.”

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YES, CHARLTON HESTON, President of the National Rifle Association, says he will attend the NRA convention, April 30 — in Denver … Small world dept.: one of the trauma-therapy doctors appearing on telecasts outta Littleton, Colo.’s Swedish Medical Center was Dr. William Pfeiffer. He had been stationed in the MASH unit at Oui Jongbu in 1973 when Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbart winged there for research on the second season of “MASH.” At that time, Dr. Pfeiffer was treating soldiers for service-related trauma. And Gelbart saw him again — on TV, Wednesday from today’s civilian trauma center. Pfieffer was asked by a reporter on the high school massacre scene, “How do you feel about guns on the street?” Pfeiffer’s answer: “I think guns should be on the streets — and tanks should roll over them!” Tell that to the NRA convention, Chuck. … Julie Andrews bowed out of appearing Wednesday night at N.Y.’s Plaza where she and Walter Cronkite were WNET’s honorees. She asked m.c. Bill Moyers to read her apology. It seems Julie had red eye’d to L.A. (from N.Y.) early Wednesday ayem on getting a message that her husband Blake Edwards was hospitalized. What she wasn’t told was that Edwards was hospitalized because he suffered an ankle injury in a Clouseau-like accident. He’ll be out of the hospital in a day or two and starts readying to direct his script of “It Never Rains” to be produced by son Geoffrey and Jeffrey Tinnell for Betsy Davis’ Intl. Film Financing. The pic is about a Hollywood writer — named Edwards?

ANOTHER WAY TO SELL A PILOT — do it “live.” That’s what vet actor, director, producer, writer David Landsberg’s doing with a “live” performance of his pilot sitcom, “I Love You — The Three Worst Words You’ll Ever Hear.” He presents it at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater April 29 through May 1 with a formidable cast (doing it for old time’s sake — having worked with/for Landsberg): Joanna Kerns, who directed two of his “New Love Boat” series, Robert Urich, who starred in the series, Peter Dobson, Karen Lynn Scott, Molly Hagen — and Landsberg himself. The audience will consist of studio and net exex, production company reps, etc. with whom he’s worked over 25 years. Landsberg thinks it’s far better to do it live than submitting the written script. He’s footing the bill for the production but the players are working free. And they could be in the series, of course … More exposure for Pamela Anderson Lee: she’s among those skedded to help PETA cofounder Ingrid Newkirk launch her book “You Can Save the Animals,” Tuesday at Woody Harrelson’s Oxygen Bar and eatery on the Sunset Strip … And Tia Carrere femcees Planned Parenthood’s “Politics, Sex and Cocktails” fund raiser tonight at the Conga Room in L.A.

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