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by Jill Jackson

Jill Jackson’s Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD…Word is this year’s Oscarcast will honor Lauren Bacall. And it’s high time! That’s about all I know about it at the moment. But what I do know is anywhere “Bogey’s Baby” goes, there’s excitement. And just in case you didn’t know, the lady was named Betty Joan Persky, but took the Lauren Bacall moniker for a more glamorous aura. However, Humphrey Bogart never called her anything but “Baby.”

Once again, a bunch of movie writers lunching and batting the breeze about the business. The subject got around to phrases remembered from films. Numero uno was Bette Davis’ “Fasten your seatbelt, it’s going to be a bumpy ride” from All About Eve. No. 2 was Clark Gable to Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind”saying, “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a damn!” No. 3 is Bogart in Casablanca saying, “Play it again, Sam,” or words to that effect, followed by Bacall in To Have and Have Not saying to Bogart, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together … and blow.” We went on and on, and it was lots of fun. If you have any favorites, write and let us know c/o King Features Weekly Service, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.

Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Leonard Bernstein will be inducted into the National Museum of Jewish History’s Hall of Fame. And speaking of “Babs,” doesn’t she look great? Just hark back to the days when she was doing Funny Girl and you’ll know what I mean. Maybe it all adds up to a happy married life to Jim Brolin.

The off-the shoulder little Bruce Willis black dresses were rampant at the screenings of several films about town. And Bruce Willis was at one, his head so clean shaven that you could see the pores in his scalp. Scattered about in the crowd were all his daughters, his latest girl friend, and Demi and Ashton. Just one big, happy family.

Betcha didn’t know that Jodie Foster’s given name is Alicia Christian. Next time I see her at the grocery, I’ll ask how she chose the name Jodie. Or maybe you already know. She is one of our better actresses and “moms” — and a very nice person. And to bear repeating, I remember when I was first starting out and attended a press luncheon where they were plugging one of her pictures. She was then 6 years old. Adorable. She sat on my lap and announced to me that she “wanted to be a lawyer” when she grew up. As you know, that did NOT come to pass.

BITS ‘N’ PIECES: John Ritter wore his pajamas onto a movie set in ‘77 in protest at having to work on his honeymoon. … I read in a Hollywood trivia book where both of Marlon Brando’s parents were alcoholics. … Chris Pine busily writing “thank you” notes to friends and fans between takes of Unstoppable shooting in Philadelphia. … And to those of you who have asked, I don’t think Brad and Angelina have announced their next film outing together.

(c) 2009 King Features Syndicate

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