We're dealing here on a first-name basis.
As in "Francis Albert" and "Dutch." Francis Albert is, of course, Sinatra, that incomparable entertainer. And Dutch is what they used to call Ronald Reagan during his school and sportscasting and movie days before, as Sinatra says, "he took that hifalutin job back East."
Now here's the story, as told by Francis Albert himself in a letter that serves as a super-cordial invitation to next Sunday's "All Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan." The plans call for an early evening cocktail party, dinner catered by Chasen's and then a full hour of "all star entertainment which will be taped for broadcast later in the month on CBS." The marvelous part, adds our correspondent, is that "for the TV rights, CBS chips in with a large chunk of money which makes it possible for Variety Clubs to continue its noble work of caring for the underprivileged and handicapped children of the world regardless of race, creed or the family's ability to pay."
The President and First Lady, Sinatra continues, have embraced the idea and "have enthusiastically agreed to attend." Sinatra will naturally be there along with a high star count that, so far, includes Charles Bronson, John Forsythe, Carol Burnett, Charlton Heston, Dean Martin, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, James Stewart, Robert Mitchum, Ben Vereen, Red Skelton, Gregory Peck, among a bushel more.
The whoop-de-doo for the President takes place at NBC Studios in Burbank, is black tie and the doors close at 5:30 p.m. Sharp!
It's a movie fans of Danish-born writer Isak Dinesen should welcome with open arms. Based on her book, "Out of Africa," the movie of the same name co-stars that dynamite pair Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. It's a marriage obviously made in heaven.
And there's more good news. Universal Pictures hosts the world premiere of "Out of Africa" on Dec. 10 at the Plitt Century Plaza Theatre as a benefit for St. John's Hospital and Health Center of Santa Monica. St. John's' legion of supporters are happy as little clams about the whole thing.
Judy Ovitz is chairing the benefit and on her team serving as co-chairs are such powerhouse ladies as Nanci Denney, Marion Jorgensen, Betty Williams and Bonita Wrather. Virginia Zamboni is coordinating things on St. John's side. And among those on the benefit premiere committee are Edie and Lew Wasserman, Katherine and Frank Price, Lorraine and Sidney Sheinberg, Marilyn McDaniel, Michael Ovitz, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Mary Hesburgh, Claire and Sydney Pollack, Sean Daniel and Pat Epstein.
Friends of the John Wayne Cancer Clinic will gather at Chasen's next Sunday for a black-tie evening of dining and dancing to Joe Moshay's Orchestra around a tall poinsettia tree. The hosts will be Nancy and Carroll O'Connor and the whole Wayne clan. And the special guest of honor is actress Ann Jillian. Jillian's "attitude in dealing with her cancer," says Joyce Green, the clinic's executive director, "and making public her personal experience is truly inspirational."
Among those expected to join in the partying are Ben, Bea and Joyce Isenberg (last year they donated $500,000 to the clinic), Maureen Womack, Jean Trousdale, Ricardo Montalban, Millicent and Robert Wise, Michael and Gretchen Wayne, Toni Wayne La Cava, "Falcon Crest's" Susan Sullivan, Donna and Harve Rosen, Marissa and Errol Coughlan and Diane and Danny Feldman.
The Oriental dragons made their way down the aisles of the Goldwyn Theatre at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and the drums and the gamelan orchestra lent a certain exotic appeal to the evening. Screening that night before 1,000 invited guests was "Passion Flower," a CBS-TV movie filmed in Singapore which airs in January. After the screening the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board and Singapore Airlines staged a big party with a giant Oriental buffet in the Academy's lobby.