March 28, 1988 12:00 PM

TOP TENN. LIST: The Tennessee legislature has passed a resolution officially congratulating David Letterman for his sixth-anniversary show and formally inviting him to bring Late Night with David Letterman to Memphis. And—nice touch here—State Sen. Steve Cohen, who sponsored the resolution, wrote it as a Letterman-like Top 10 list. The lures included: “It would be cheaper for Dave to come to Memphis than for all of Memphis to go to Dave; Dave could visit Graceland, the world’s only shrine equipped with a Jungle Room; Dave could look across the river and not see New Jersey, and Dave could witness the Peabody [Hotel] ducks, the world’s most famous and long-running Stupid Pet Trick.” As for Dave, he says, “I’m looking forward to moving to Memphis. Of course, the best part about living in Graceland is I won’t have to redecorate.”

ALL TOGETHER NOW: Amid eternal rumors of a Beatles reunion, Paul McCartney may get back to where he once belonged. “After many years, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and I sat down around a table to examine the possibility of future projects together,” Paul told the Italian paper Corriere delta Sera. “And we decided it wasn’t a bad idea, but I want to make two things clear right away. First, the project must be developed in steps, and second, the key to the whole thing is in the possibility that George and I manage to write some songs together. I have never written with George, and I don’t know if we’ll be able to do it. I worked for many years with John Len-non, and the only person with whom I’m able to have as prolific a collaboration with today is Elvis Costello. One thing is certain,” he warned, “we won’t call ourselves the Beatles.”

OP-REBUFF: Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera may be a monstrous smash, but actress Dina Merrill isn’t singing its praises. Although she says she’d “kill to do another musical” (her last Broadway musical appearance was in Rodgers and Hart’s On Your Toes in 1983), she dismisses any desire to star in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which has Lloyd Webber’s wife, soprano Sarah Brightman, in the leading role. “No chance,” says Dina, smiling, “You have to marry the composer to get into that show. Besides, who wants to be upstaged by a chandelier?”

SHE’S NOT GHANA TAKE IT: Although she’s the most glamorous woman at CBS News, Diane Sawyer was feeling anything but elegant when her fellow 60 Minutes correspondents donned black tie and picked up a broadcast industry award earlier this month. “While everyone was feasting at the Waldorf,” says Diane, “I was eight hours out in the jungles of Ghana, sleeping on the ground and being bitten by centipedes in the middle of the night. I had visions of my producer telegraphing New York and informing 60 Minutes I had died of terminal centipede. It seemed to me an inglorious way to go.”

DOCTORING REALITY: At a benefit for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, which saluted NBC’s St. Elsewhere, Howie Mandel explained the show’s idiosyncratic nature to the physicians in attendance. “For those of you who don’t know,” said Howie, who plays Dr. Wayne Fiscus on the program, now in its sixth and final season, “St. Elsewhere is an ensemble show that deals with reality and sometimes fantasy. For instance,” he continued, “we had an entire hospital staff that had only three Jewish doctors.”

DENEUVE OF SOME PEOPLE: After the runaway success of his book, The Art of the Deal, real estate Goliath Donald Trump is being wooed by producers for the TV movie rights to his story. When asked who should play the hero, Trump quipped, “Clark Gable. Too bad he’s dead.” Trump’s wife, Ivana, however, has livelier ideas on her own casting. “I think I’d want Catherine Deneuve to play me,” says the former Czech skier-turned-socialite-turned-casino boss. “Like me, she’s foreign, has a good head and is beautiful.”

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