From Barbra to Live Aid, It’s People Helping People

Times Staff Writer

PEOPLE WILL TALK--About Barbra Streisand making plans to give away all her proceeds from her single “Somewhere”--a cut from her smash new Columbia Records “The Broadway Album.” No word yet on the lucky charity . . . . About Hal Uplinger, a veteran TV producer involved with “Live Aid” for African relief, trying to put together a major rock benefit at the Coliseum in January or February. Those are kind of crisp days. But it could warm up, since Uplinger, sources said, is telling folks he’s talking to the White House and the concert could be a benefit for the First Lady’s No. 1 priority--drug-abuse programs.

BOOKED SOLID--What is it about next Tuesday? Too many events on one night. There’s the UC Berkeley dinner (their first big attempt to fund-raise in the Southland) honoring Cal’s 14 Nobel laureates and raising money for Regents and Chancellors Scholarships. That’s at the Beverly Hilton, and is being underwritten by local corporate Cal Boosters, like Preston Hotchkis of the Bixby Ranch Co., Cal Fed, and Carter Hawley Hale. . . . Pro Peace’s The Great Peace March marshals lots of artistic talent for a silent auction and supper party, chaired by Jane Nathanson, at the Flow Ace Gallery. On hand: Rae Dawn Chong, Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell and Susan Anspach to emcee. . . . The USC School of Journalism awards dinner, at the Sheraton Premiere, honors KCBS-TV’s Bill Stout and National Public Radio’s department of news and information programs (Correspondent Cokie Roberts comes back to L.A. to pick up the award). . . . The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund holds its annual Equal Justice Awards Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire. Set for honors: Diahann Carroll, Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp, George J. McKenna and Wilford M. Farnsworth. . . . At the Beverly Hilton, in the Royal Suite, the “Exchange Italy--U.S.A.” dinner. . . . Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin speaks at the L.A. Hilton before the World Affairs Council. . . . Public TV stations WETA, in Washington, D.C., and L.A.’s KCET host a private premiere of “Comet Halley,” a Planetary Society Special at the KCET Hollywood Studios. . . . Miss Universe gets welcomed to Los Angeles at the Paramount Studios commissary.

PUBLIC SERVICE--Taping advertisements today for the “Live Aid Worldwide Concert Book” are Cyndi Lauper and Judd Nelson. Already in the can are ones by Jackie Collins, Jeff Goldblum, Pee-wee Herman, Robin Williams and others. Coming up: Michael Douglas and Raquel Welch. Proceeds from the glossy book, now in its third printing, go to African Famine Relief as did the money raised from the July 13 concert it documents.


DANCE CRAZY--Chorus lines of famous film and stage dancers--Cyd Charisse, Buddy Ebsen, Juliet Prowse, “Fame’s” Debbie Allen, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s prima ballerina Mia Slavenska and Hinton Battle of “The Tap Dance Kid”--kept their dancing feet on the audience side of the street as the Dance Gallery premiered “White Nights” Thursday night. Carl Reiner emceed, telling the film’s star Gregory Hines, as he was putting his famous footsies in cement, “You’re putting down your real name on that, aren’t you? Gregory Heinstein?” Hines said he hoped that because of the Dance Gallery (construction starts next year) “more great tap dancers, who are just learning their gigs now, will be able to put their feet in cement when they stand up here.” His co-star, the gorgeous Isabella Rossellini, was on hand, but her buddy and their co-star Mikhail Baryshnikov couldn’t make it. Dance Gallery supporter Barbara Bain tried to persuade some flush benefactors to pay $25,000 to have their footprints cemented in history along with the famous dancers. The mission proved impossible.

DIRECT ADVERTISING--The for-sale sign in front of the large walled home at the foot of posh Outpost Drive gets its message across--”Lender Wants Out,” with a phone number.

KUDOS--For 20 years, the Rev. Dr. George Cole has served as associate executive for Social Justice Ministries at the Presbyterian Synod. “George” is dean of the ecumenical social-concerns movement in the Western United States--a much-loved activist working hard for every human-rights movement. He retires next week and will be toasted at an afternoon reception by the Southern California Ecumenical Council today at the First United Methodist Church downtown. Also celebrated will be his wife, Lois Cole, retiring as director of service and rehabilitation at the American Cancer Society.