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There was plenty of kissing and reminiscing at the Gardenia in Hollywood as Ariana Savalas made her singing debut in a show first intro’d to Corky by manager Morris Diamond who had been a close friend of her father, Telly Savalas–who died when Ariana was only seven years old. Telly, star of countless pix and the “Kojak” series, would have been proud of his multi-talented daughter. She will be seen as the star of the feature, “Miriam,” ranging from teen to senior WWII survivor Max Guefen, who produced the film based on his cousin’s story in Lithuania, was on hand for Ariana’s nitery bow. Also there, Matt Cimber who directed the film which is headed to the Melbourne fest and a date later this month at N.Y.’s Quad theatre, also directed Telly and Pia Zadora in “Fake-Out” in 1982. Pia was on hand for Ariana’s show– her daughter, Kady Riklis duets on one song with best friend, Ariana. Her mother Julie and grandmortherwere also on hand. Corky Hale not only produced Ariana’s show, backed by the Jeff Lass Trio, Corky but she also joined the talented youngster — on incomparable piano — for one number, Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” Ariana displayed her talent — and showbiz savvy — with a program ranging from “Night and Day” to an Edith Piaf signature to a Bing Crosby favorite, “Would Like to Swing On A Star?” and “Smile.” As Telly (as “Kojak”) would have said, “Who loves ya, baby?” They all did.

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