GOOD MORNING: The report that Oscar winners live 3.9 years longer than non-winners brought some interesting reaction from those I could reach. F’rinstance, Gregory Peck (“To Kill a Mockingbird,” 1962) told me, “I recently celebrated my 85th birthday so I’m living proof of it! There may be something to it — but I don’t know what. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that brilliant, powerful cameo — which isn’t on the horizon yet” … Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront,” 1954) was so excited on hearing the news, she said, “I’m going to go Rollerblading this afternoon.” And she asked, “If you have an Emmy, does that give you an extra six months?” … Sidney Poitier (“Lilies of the Field,” 1963) said, “I am delighted to know I have 3.9 more years in which to improve my golf game. But the 3.9 years would still leave me way short of average.” And, of that report (published in the Annals of Internal Medicine), Whoopi Goldberg (“Ghost,” 1990) said, “I’m so glad to know that, but I won’t truly be able to comment until I die!” … Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” 1994) said, “Winning an Academy Award was designed to let us live 10 years longer, but that was shortened because of the stress of the Oscar campaign.” Now co-starring as Jim Carrey’s father in “Majestic,” he next plays the head of a studio in “What Comes Around” … Other Oscar winners were not available by deadline, they were too busy trying to win another Oscar to add more longevity … Add to the sked of Eva Marie Saint and husband Jeffrey Hayden a June 9 reading of Willa Cather’s “On the Divide” for Peck’s Reading Series for the Library Foundation of L.A. Shay Duffin, who performed last Saturday in Peck’s program as Brendan Behan in “Confessions of an Irish Rebel” (to a sellout), will perform again Saturday and Sunday as a benefit for the new Celtic Arts Center in Studio City.
THINK YOU’RE BUSY? Jennifer Lopez, starring by day in “Enough,” learns the pic’s upcoming fight routines by night while also rehearsing to tape videos for domestic and international releases of singles from her multi-platinum Sony release, “J.Lo” … This weekend, Connie Stevens and daughter Tricia Leigh Fisher baby shower daughter-sister Joely Fisher (Mrs. Christopher Duddy), who expects a baby in 3-1/2 weeks. Another arrival for Connie — a new fragrance, Sweet Peace, for her Forever Spring line now expanding into the U.K. … And the melodies linger on: the classic songs of Jimmy McHugh are among us again via jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s new Sony Classical’s “Let’s Get Lost” — including “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” … And I spotted a dapper Van Alexander at Carroll’s in BevHills where the 86 years young Alexander was buying golf sweaters. He told me his “A-Tisket A-Tasket,” written with Ella Fitzgerald in 1938 (!) and recorded by Ella and Chick Webb on Decca, has yet another rendition, this one by Grammy winner DeeDee Bridgewater … And those of you who hear the sweet greeting telephone voice of Daily Variety‘s receptionist, Mary Sonya Sargent, will have a treat hearing her sing as “Mary Sargent, The New Folk-Rock Singing Sensation,” June 1 at the Dialog Cafe on the Sunset Strip. You can also hear her on the www.bandtunes.com Web site … And the multi-talented Susan Anton, who has a new CD, “One Night” (Varese Saraband), recorded at the Cinegrill of the Hollywood Roosevelt, joins the “Vagina Monologues” in San Fran’s Alcazar starting June 5 for a three-weeker.
THERE’S NO BIZ LIKE DOE BIZ: “Glen Mary Glen Rose,” an evening to benefit the Step Up Women’s Network benefiting the Revlon/UCLA Breast Cancer Center, will convert male film roles into those as if written for women. F’rinstance, “Tootsie” will star Jennifer Crystal Foley and Vicki Lawrence, “Rain Man” as acted by Amy Brenneman and Jillian Armenante, “Princess Bride” by Susan Egan and Amy Pietz, “Get Shorty” by Joanna Kerns and Katey Sagal, “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Sheryl Lee Ralph and Elizabeth Berkley, “True West” with Melissa Gilbert and Alison Arngrim — and more — at Royce Hall on June 13 … And the Atlantic Theater Co.’s annual benefit dinner and auction and show, “Who Says It Can’t Be a Musical,” May 21 is at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. It is “an evening of unlikely adaptations and questionable choices.” But the parodied legiter’s benefit auction prizes, however, are for walk-ons on TV’s “West Wing” and “Becker” … George Schlatter produces the “Evening With Larry King and Friends” benefit at the BevWilshire on June 4. Honorees include Sumner Redstone. Larry King m.c’s. And the Larry King Cardiac Foundation is beneficiary. Entertaining are: Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins and comedian Lewis Black … Orson Bean, a survivor of the blacklist, is the Lifetime Achievement honoree Friday at the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters’ lunch at the Sportsmen’s Lodge … A.C. Lyles celebrates his 83rd birthday Thursday. It marks his 73rd anni working for Par — he started at age 10 as a page in the Par theater in Jacksonville, Fla. … Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue celebrate their 21st wedding anni May 21 … Frank Cooper celebrates his 89th birthday May 21, also toasting his 71st year in the biz and May 30, he and wife Sylvia celebrate their 64th wedding anni. This, too, is showbiz … “The Producers” is the hottest ticket (ever?) on B’way, but Marion Ross is the hottest ticket in Kansas City, Mo., with longtime companion Paul Michael in “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the New Theatre where their run is totally sold out through June 24. And K.C. mayor Kay Barnes gave ’em the key to the city.