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Clinton fetes Wasserman

GOOD MORNING: Lew Wasserman remains the senior statesman of Hollywood as was again evident Monday when he received the Walter Shorenstein Award from President Clinton on stage 20 at Paramount. Hillary and Bill Clinton arrived at the studio after his “farewell address” at the Staples Center. Walter Shorenstein, another of the heftiest Demo supporters, has hosted both Clintons at his Portola home. And earlier Monday, Edie and Lew Wasserman hosted a lunch at their home for Demo senators — and 500 others! The Wassermans’ home has been the site for Demo (and other citizen) fund-raisers for almost half a century. Asked if there were other Demo events at which they would participate this week, Lew said, “I hope not!” But don’t hold your breath! I also asked Wasserman’s opinion of the outcome of this race, and he said the telling blow (for a Demo victory) would come in the debates … Paramount’s N.Y. Street and D-Tank area was also the site Monday night for 10,000 Democonventioneers invited by Gov. Gray Davis for a nonpay event. And also on the Paramount lot, on the “Soul Train” stage 30 — a latenight bash by the DNC … Rob Reiner, another who has hosted the Clintons and the Gores at his home, had traveled to Cleveland to attend the children’s health Town Hall meeting with Gore, returned to be at the Convention Monday and will continue throughout the week at Staples, talking it up for the Demos. Sunday night, Rob and wife Michel hosted a dinner for Missouri Sen. Dick Gephardt and friends. And Thursday, Reiner addresses the California delegation at the Bonaventure hotel … Monday ayem, Kevin Costner hosted a brunch at his home for South Dakota’s Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson. Costner filmed sequences of “Dances With Wolves” in South Dakota, and his parents live there. And Kevin has a hotel/restaurant in downtown Deadwood. Costner used to be a registered Republican but switched to independent. But he’s supporting Gore/Lieberman this time.

ALTHOUGH RABBI MARVIN HIER was not invited to speak at the convention about the work of the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance (he spoke at the GOP’s), he’s invited by Gov. Gray Davis to sit in the governor’s box at Staples Center on Wednesday when Joe Lieberman is nominated for the vice presidency. “It’s an honor to be there,” Hier told me. He was at Monday’s Global Crossing meet headed by Sec. of State Madeleine Albright at the Music Center where President Clinton spoke on foreign affairs … Monday afternoon, Norman Lear cut the ribbon opening “Democracy Row” inside the Convention Center. The “Row” is a part of Reliable Resources for Broadcast Political Coverage from Lear’s Center for Communication at USC … Barbra Streisand, readying to sing her three songs at Thursday’s finale party-Gore fund-raiser at the Shrine, has been busy besides rehearsing: Sunday, her brunch, reported here Monday, was followed by her lengthy appearance, shmoozing on the lawn at the party of the N.Y. Times’ Todd Purdum and wife DeeDee Myers. Passers-by like Sarah Jessica Parker were awestruck seeing Barbra there. Also, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening chatting in the hallway. But who set up the (uninvited) Monica Lewinsky look/and dress/alike who wandered by? … Sunday night, Barbra and Jim Brolin were among guests at the wedding of Bunny Wasser and Howard Bernstein (Financial Management). Others there (and clients of Bernstein) were Dina and Clint Eastwood, Wanda (McDaniel) and Al Ruddy, Cynthia (Sikes) and Bud Yorkin, etc. The wedding was at the Bernsteins’ beachfront home, and guests were then supplied beach sandals to go along with their black tie attire for dancing on the sand into the ayem … Christie Brinkley at Monday a.m.’s N.Y. state delegation, was busy videotaping everything in sight from the food to herself to speaker — Hillary Clinton … Lunch Monday at Reign restaurant was hosted by the recording industry’s Hilary Rosen in honor of Donna Brasile (Al Gore’s campaign manager). Lynda Robb and former Texas Gov. Anne Richards were among the guests here … And at Le Colonial Sunday night, the Al Gores’ daughter Karenna Gore Schiff was honored by guests including Chelsea Clinton, Salma Hayek, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Claire Danes.

HOLLYWOOD’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO ADVANCE the goals of the civil rights movement will be toasted tonight by DNC vice chairs Lotte Shackelford and Bill Lynch at “Hollywood and the Civil Rights: Destination Freedom” at the home of producers Ian and Kim Moses Sander. The evening honors Martin Luther King III with honored guests Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Morgan Freeman, Louis Gossett Jr. … Sherry Lansing will be honored with the Noel Foundation’s Life Award at a “Celebration of Faith, Hope and Charity” gala Oct. 14 at the BevWilshire. The U.N. is joined by the City of Hope in the Noel Foundation presentation going to Buddhist nun Dharma Master Cheng Yen, known as the “Mother Teresa of Asia.” … Michael Speier and wife Michiko welcomed daughter Mia Sakai at Cedars-Sinai Aug. 13. Speier is Daily Variety’s assistant managing editor and editor of Variety’s new Internet magazine, eV. … Praise agent Dick Winters, who survived unscathed from Omaha Beach to the Battle of the Bulge, suffered a heart attack while being ambulanced to St. John’s hospital — to be treated for pneumonia. P.S. He’s now doing OK.

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