June 16, 1997 12:00 PM

All celebrities with cologne and cosmetic lines, take one step forward. Not so fast, Kathie Lee Gifford. Wal-Mart, which produces the Kathie Lee clothing line, recently decided not to finance “Mon Ami,” a line of cologne and cosmetics being developed for Gifford by the company American Telecast. A representative for Gifford insists that Wal-Mart’s decision was made before the news broke that the talk show host’s husband, Frank, allegedly had a rendezvous with a flight attendant. “Mon Ami” is currently without backing, but that, says the rep, “is in no way reflective of what’s going on now.” Meanwhile, I hear the Giffords recently retreated to a resort in Key Largo, Fla., with their two children, Cody, 7, and Cassidy, 3. The rep wouldn’t comment on their whereabouts, saying only that the Giffords were “all together as a family.”…

Last month it was reported that the on-again, off-again romance between former Murder One star Daniel Benzali and his fiancée, actress Kim Cattrall (Unforgettable), was definitely off. Well, guess what? They’re back together again. But this time around, the couple, who had planned to marry last December before breaking up, are taking it slow and report they are simply dating. Again….

Ellen DeGeneres came out of the closet, and publishers have been throwing money at her ever since—in an attempt to get her to write an autobiography dealing with her gayness and her relationship with actress Anne Heche. But DeGeneres’s response to each and every offer, some of which I hear have gone as high as $4 million, has been a firm no. “This is not a book Ellen feels she needs to do at this time,” says her rep, Pat Kingsley….

Blink during Steven Spielberg’s megahit The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and you may miss the placards in the video store hyping three movies we’ll definitely never see: King Lear starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tsunami Surprise, with Tom Hanks’s head on the body of a surfer, and Jack and the Behnstacks, starring Robin Williams….

In the spirit of Van Halen’s past insistence that their backstage candy be free of brown M&M’s, or Michael Bolton’s desire to have Celestial Seasonings tea in his dressing room, comes this peculiar contractual demand from John Tesh: Whenever the former Entertainment Tonight co-anchor performs his orchestral pop music in concert, promoters must provide at least one World Wrestling Federation action figure in his dressing room. Tesh says his tour director came up with the idea “to make sure the promoter reads every line of the contract.” Since he’s not much of a wrestling fan, Tesh says it would probably be more appropriate if he were to ask for tofu….

During a commercial break at last week’s televised Tony Awards in Manhattan, first-time host Rosie O’Donnell told the audience at Radio City Music Hall that the show’s executive producer Gary Smith had complained about her failure to get a free designer gown for the event. Cracked Rosie: “It’s hard to get an Armani in a size 18. What was I supposed to do, shop at Loehmann’s for the Tony Awards?”

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