GOOD MORNING: Let me tell you how important embryo stem cell research is. I learned more during a friendly conversation with Mary Tyler Moore ostensibly about her Sunday hosting of the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Hollywood Bowl spectacular, “Celebration of Television Music.” I asked Mary what work plans she has. She admitted, “I was going to do a play but I got a foot infection and my doctor advised me not to do it. He said, ‘If you do it (the play) I can’t promise you won’t lose it’ (the foot).” P.S. her foot’s recovered. Mary was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 30. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” she said. “I’ve had no permanent visual impairments. But every once in a while, I face that danger of losing a foot. Amputation is one of the leading effects of diabetes.” She continues to work hard for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (which holds its gala Nov. 10 at the Waldorf). Moore, along with the Doug Wicks and Jerry Zuckers, had made the plea in D.C. for Congressional embryo stem cell research funding. That was before President George W. made his limiting decision. During that D.C. visit, Moore said, “The highlight of my career was being asked to be on Chris Matthews’ ‘Hardball’ show to discuss stem cell research” … And ah, yes, about the Sunday TV Acad spectacular “live” show, in association with the Hallmark Channel: Moore promises the Bowl finale will be one to remember. All of the show’s principals will reunion on stage to sing the themes of TV shows we’ve known and loved They include “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” of course, plus the lyric-less “Dick Van Dyke Show” theme ” “The Brady Bunch,” “Davy Crockett,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “The Jeffersons,” “The Partridge Family,” “Happy Days.” Other participants include Shirley Jones, Kelsey Grammer, Jason Alexander, Jane Krakowski, Florence Henderson, Connie Stevens and Carol Burnett. They will be backed by the Bowl’s 88-piece orch baton’d and co-hosted by John Mauceri. Among those who’ll be in the sellout crowd: Mary’s dad, George Tyler Moore (88).
PRESIDENT CLINTON’S SCHEDULED VISIT Tuesday night at the Mirage to catch the Siegfried & Roy spectacular was the result of a promise he made in July 1998 when he was in Vegas but unable to see ’em. During that short stay he told the duo he’d like to see one of their rare pure white tiger cubs in his hotel room, after a speech and prior to his departure. Unfortunately a cub wasn’t available, but Siegfried & Roy brought him an 800-pound snow white adult tiger instead. When the Security Special Service saw the full-grown animal and not a cub in the small room, they tried to nix the meeting. S&R assured ’em all was OK and the President patted the tiger repeatedly for a photo op, which he insisted on for his archival footage. Tuesday night’s date followed his skedded DNC stint in Vegas, where he’s hosted by Brian Greenspun. Bernie Yuman, Siegfried and Roy’s friend and manager for 26 years, is readying another attraction for Vegas, “Siegfried & Roy Presents Daren Romeo, The Voice of Magic.” He may debut at the Paris hotel … Yuman is also readying a two-hour TV special with George Schlatter to salute the 60th birthday of Muhammad Ali. The feature “Ali” starring Will Smith bows Dec. 7. A giant commercial tieup with Ali and Coca-Cola is also bubbling … The Latin Grammys’ swift switcheroo to L.A. from Miami may cause changes, as some artists may not be able to make the time/distance addition. Conversely, some who were not able to go east, may now be able to perform at the Forum stand in Inglewood — next door to LAX.
LIZA MINNELLI, once wed to Jack Haley Jr., will appear in a tribute to him at the Thalians’ 46th annual Ball, Oct. 31 at the Century Plaza Hotel. She’ll sing the song her mother, Judy Garland sang, “Dear Mr. Gable, You Made Me Love You” in “The B’way Melody of 1938” — but Liza will replace it with “Dear Mr. Haley.” Haley, who died this year, was one of the Thalians’ founders. Ruta Lee is this year’s “Ms. Wonderful” winner. The show is produced by Leslee Scallon and directed by one of Haley’s proteges, Walter Painter. Tony Martin Jr. is musical director; his stepmom, Cyd Charisse, is among the stars who will appear. The Thalians have raised over $30 million for the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai … Ray Evans, of Oscar-winning songwriting duo Livingston & Evans, is at Cedars-Sinai for a few weeks, recuping from knee surgery … Frances Fisher joins Kevin Williamson’s ‘Glory Days” series playing Eddie Cahill’s “bipolar mom.” Fisher is back from a week’s vacation in Hawaii with daughter (by Clint Eastwood) Francesca, plus Eastwood’s wife Dena and their daughter Morgan. “Just us four ladies,” said Fisher. “It’s very civilized.” Frances is also busy campaigning for Valerie Harper for SAG president and sez a fundraiser for Harper will be held Sunday 2-5 p.m. at the home of Tess Harper (818-705-3595). Interscope Records’ Valeria is Ed McMahon’s co-host on the “Next Big Star” (Pax TV) bowing Sept. 9 … Tricia Leigh Fisher joins the “There’s No Place Like Hollywood” cast at the Stella Adler theatre in Hollywood … Kimberly Blackford, mother of George Hamilton’s 18-month-old son Georgethomas Hamilton, resumes her acting career starring in “The Sellular Zone” — about cell phone addicts! Gloria Hollis directs for Maria Conchita Alonso’s Ambyth Prods.