Concerned about the threatened closing of the Folger Theatre, Rep. Mary Rose Oakar has introduced legislation in the House of Representatives authorizing the director of the Smithsonian to make a $500,000 grant to the Folger. The Ohio Democrat, a former drama professor and director of a repertory theater, also introduced a Sense of the Congress Resolution expressing disapproval of the impending closing of the theater . . .
President Reagan's State of the Union address probably had nothing to do with it, but just before it was given, California Rep. Charles Pashayan, 43, decided to get engaged to Sallie Christian, 28, who works in the Visitors Office in the White House. No wedding date has been set, but it will be the first for both . . .
At previous State of the Union sessions, using an old actor's trick to warm up the vocal cords, President Reagan's staff has always requested a pitcher of hot water for him at the podium. Wednesday night, however, they requested cold Perrier, and there didn't seem to be any noticeable change in the president's effective delivery . . .
Jesse Jackson was listed in good condition at Howard University Hospital yesterday, suffering from a partially collapsed lung. He'll be in the hospital another week and had to cancel a press conference this afternoon at Blues Alley, where he would have participated in announcing a national radiothon, set for Feb. 23, designed to raise $1 million for his Rainbow Coalition. Mayor Marion Barry is scheduled to substitute for him . . .
The great Jackie Gleason, recovering from the crush in New York City after his press conference Wednesday night, was asked by a reporter what he thought about his pal Frank Sinatra's anger at the press during the inaugural festivities here. He said: "Frank is always exploding. He really is a nice guy. He can be the meanest sonuvabitch you ever met in your life, but as he's being mean you can see in him something that's saying, 'Why am I doing this?' He really is a nice guy" . . .