Actress Patty Duke, president of the Screen Actors Guild, is honorary chairman today when the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood celebrates 50 years of service to youth. The dinner dance, "It's Magic," honors the Assistance League of Southern California, founder of the club.
The fete at the Beverly Hills Hotel, headed by Michael J. Rawson, will salute the opening/dedication of the club's new unit, the Boys and Girls Club of Echo Park. President Joe Houser has announced that Kevin Dobson will be master of ceremonies. Among those involved: Mrs. Robert L. Hicks, Mrs. Thomas C. Leahy, Carl Terzian, Mark V. Chow, Robert E. Petersen and Mrs. C. Paul Vogel.
A SWITCH: The show must go on. And so when dynamic duo Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill (real-life husband and wife), currently starring in "Social Security" at the Ahmanson, couldn't make it for health reasons for the Center Theatre Group Volunteers installation celebration luncheon at the Regency Club, Arthur Tracy, the show's elderly artist, stepped in to amuse: "I'm not as young as I look, but I'm not as old as you think," he joshed. "Before you stands a boy 84 years young. . . . See the snow on my roof; I still have fire, and I still chase girls and I remember why." With more than 50 years in show business, he regaled the group on what was said to be a half-hour's notice.
President Roberta Haft didn't so much as blink at the near-calamity; she asked her husband David, who's chairman of the Center Theatre Group board of directors, to introduce Tracy and she had Martin Manulis (producer of "Playhouse 90"), new artistic co-director of the Ahmanson, for strong backup to announce the Mark Taper Forum six-play season, including "Hunting Cockroaches" and "The Piano Lesson," and the Ahmanson's presentations including "The Best Man" and "Coastal Disturbances."
President Haft also revealed that Center Theatre Group Volunteers have raised more than $250,000 this year, in addition to lobbying, encouraging theater subscriptions and celebrating their 20th anniversary gala.
Now, she passes the gavel to Kelly Schiffer, whose board will include Beth Pressman, June Arden, Sharon Reisz and Ellie Goldman.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Nan Corman, wife of Gene, vice president of Twentieth Century Fox Television, is new president of Cinema Circulus, USC support group. . . . Betty Strub received the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild gavel from Ruth LeSage at a luncheon at Jimmy's honoring new provisionals including Mrs. Paul J. Conn, Mrs. Craig Caldwell, Mrs. Martin May, Evelyn Mitchell McCarthy, Mrs. Arthur Frechette, Mrs. G. Warren Hassler, Mrs. Griffith Bolton and Mrs. Harris Boyne. . . . At a tea in Dolores and Bob Hope's Toluca Lake gardens, Kitty Criswell was installed president of Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild. . . . Christine Hansen became prexy of Fashionettes of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center at a Bistro luncheon. . . . Katie Osterloh hosted a farewell and thank you luncheon at Bel-Air Bay Club as outgoing president of the Paulist Women's Club.
NOTABLES: Richard W. Carlson, director of Voice of America, addresses the Los Angeles World Affairs Council Friday at the Biltmore, following this week's appearance of Gen. John T. Chain Jr., commander in chief, Strategic Air Command, at the Sheraton Grande. . . . Richard Hill, executive director of Pacific Lodge Boys' Home, is popping his buttons about the grand opening Saturday of the $1.1-million Activity Center and Gymnasium in Woodland Hills. It means more classrooms and vocational and sports training for the 200 adolescent boys receiving residential and therapeutic care.
CIRCLE RED: In its earliest years, fund-raisers for St. Elizabeth Day Nursery, the oldest facility of its kind in Los Angeles after 80 years of continuous operation, sold pencils throughout the city. Now, most funding comes from the board's benefit party. It's to be "An Old California Evening" with dinner and dancing June 27 at the Gilmore Adobe of Farmer's Market. Proceeds will go to educate 76 youngsters from low-income families. Involved are Betty Lokrantz, president; Peggy Bartenetti, party chair, and Eve Craig, Joan Caldwell, Carol Enright, Jennifer Chumbook, Pat Brennan, Sue Forgie, Cathy Cappel, Shirley Dalton, Betsy Mullin, Barbara Bernard, Marilyn King, Cicely Gargaro, Adelaide Smith, Connie Reese, Bonnie Laos, Lila Liechti. . . .
Neiman-Marcus hosts the premiere United States showing of historic and contemporary crystal from the French crystal house of Daum Inc., beginning next Thursday at an exclusive champagne reception in The Galleries on Level Four. Then the 21 pieces from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras will be exhibited until June 29. They're to be auctioned in Tokyo Oct. 7 by the French auction house of Ader Picard Tajan. One piece to be shown is the vase, "The Nettle and the Spider: Homage to Victor Hugo," c. 1910. It sold in Tokyo in 1984 for $250,000.