At the Rock to Erase MS celebrity fund-raiser in Las Vegas last weekend, the letter-perfect Vanna White bid $11,425 on 11 silent auction items, winning three. Among the items on which she was outbid: a $5,000 gift certificate from Neiman Marcus, four nights at the Amanjiwo resort in Java and a $300 gift certificate for California Pizza Kitchen. The event, which included performances by Hootie & the Blowfish and Wyclef Jean, raised about $3 million for multiple sclerosis research.
Another highlight of the MS benefit was Jon Lovitz’s tribute to his late friend Phil Hartman, whom he described as “the only guy you could call and say, ‘I got new shocks on my car,’ and he’d be interested.” Lamenting the death of “my buddy Phil,” who was shot and killed by his wife, Brynn, last May, an emotional Lovitz added, “If that isn’t a statement for gun control, I don’t know what is.”
Henry Winkler, Carrie Fisher and Paul Mazursky are expected to be among the guests at Richard Dreyfuss’s May 30 wedding to accountant Janelle Lacey at their home in L.A. Dreyfuss’s older brother Lorin will be best man, while Harry, Dreyfuss’s 8-year-old son from his previous marriage, will be a groomsman. First-time bride Lacey says she will wear a “$500 bridal dress,” adding, “I put the money into the food. We want to keep it simple, beautiful and elegant.”
To prepare for Rules of Engagement, an upcoming movie about a Marine captain who is court-martialed in Saudi Arabia, actor Blair Underwood spent a week in the Sahara, attending a mock boot camp led by retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye, who also prepped the actors in Saving Private Ryan. On his first night in Morocco, Underwood arrived for dinner with his castmates. “No fraternizing,” Dye told him. “You keep an officerial distance from them. And take your hands out of your pockets.” Underwood recalls thinking, “Did I sign up for this? I must have lost my mind.”
An odd couple lunching at the Ivy in L.A.: Liam Neeson and Rob Lowe. At one point a cell phone rang, Lowe answered it, handed it to Neeson and said, “It’s for you.”…
Art collector Harrison Ford dropped by Manhattan’s Museum of American Folk Art to catch “The Art of Nellie Mae Rowe” but found a cocktail party in progress. Ford bolted, explaining, “I’ll come back when it’s less noisy”…
Here’s what O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran has to say on the Court TV special People v. Simpson: Unfinished Business, airing June 7, about TV commercials that Simpson taped for a lawyer-referral service: “I was kind of repulsed by it. I thought that it was bad, bad form. Inappropriate.”