Jill Jackson’’s Hollywood

Jill Jackson’s Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD … A doff of the bonnet (as the Brits would say) and hats off (as we Americans say) to Debbie Reynolds. At age 77 she is still beautiful, and very busy. At present she is taking her nightclub act to several places and working on a museum to hold her collection of Hollywood costumes. Not only her own, but all she can collect from other stars of the past, including Marilyn Monroe’s from The Seven Year Itch. And from someone who has been there, when Debbie Reynolds is in a room, on stage or off, you know she’s there.

Debbie Reynolds If you’re an Elvis Presley fan, Pelican Publishing has a new book due out titled The Genuine Elvis: Photos and Untold Stories About the King by Ronnie McDowell, Edie Hand and Joe Meadow. Many pictures, many untold stories and everything else you can or can’t imagine. It hits the bookstores July 1. Natalie Cole came through her kidney transplant operation and is recuperating. However, she won’t be touring for some time. Her medics told her to “take it easy” for a while, but that doesn’t mean she can’t vocalize and keep those “pipes” clear at home. In about four months, she should be airing them in public once again. John Lithgow is back in action on the tube, joining the cast of “Dexter” on Showtime. He will play Walter Simmons, Miami’s latest serial murderer and new nemesis of Dexter Morgan. And Kristin Chenowith is looking forward to playing the lead in Twelve Men of Christmas, a Lifetime movie based on the novel “Decent Exposure.”

Big doings in Las Vegas at the CineVegas Awards when John Voight and Willem Dafoe are feted for their body of work. Two finer actors you couldn’t find anywhere, but not many have fathered an Angelina Jolie. And speaking of Angelina, I’ve been a Patricia Cornwell fan for years. Read all of her mystery books, and now I’m happy to learn Angelina has signed to make a movie based on one of her books. Which one I don’t know as yet. What I do know is Angie and Brad continue their happy relationship and house full of kids. Rumor was going round that Brad and Angelina were buying the house in the New Orleans Garden District where The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was shot. I checked it out, and “t’aint so”! Many of you may remember the wonderful antics of mime Marcel Marceau. Now comes word that the battered top hat with the single red flower he always wore went on the block at a Paris auction house. No word as yet as to how much it went for, but you can bet your last American dollar it sold for big bucks! Offers pouring in for Chris Pine. While he decides, he’s flexing his acting muscles on the legitimate stage in west Los Angeles. Here’s a big star who can act. Lots of those in the old days were big stars, but not big actors. BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Looking back, it’s hard to realize how many stars died in accidents. Jayne Mansfield was killed in a car crash. Likewise James Dean. Carole Lombard died in a plane crash. Vic Morrow killed by the rotor blade of a helicopter when filming Twilight Zone. Grace Kelly died a car crash. Leslie Howard was shot down during World War II. Natalie Wood drowned. Unfortunately, there were more. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.