Rep. Mary Rose Oakar has been considered an effective legislator in the House for 10 years, so to observe that anniversary her supporters are throwing a star-studded fundraiser-variety show to honor the Ohio representative later this month.
The April 25 gala in the historic Playhouse Square complex in Cleveland, to bring in money for her upcoming reelection campaign, hardly seems necessary since Oakar generally wins reelection with more than 90 percent of the vote.
*The evening is to be a roast of Oakar, and entertainer Danny Thomas will be master of ceremonies. The scheduled participants include House Speaker Tip O'Neill, who is hosting the evening, television talker Phil Donahue, House Majority Leader Jim Wright, Majority Whip Tom Foley, "M*A*S*H" star Jamie Farr, national radio personality Casey Kasem and "Falcon Crest" actress Susan Sullivan.
Among the other political and entertainment figures expected are Sens. Joseph Biden, Paul Simon, Gary Hart, John Glenn and Howard Metzenbaum, Rep. Claude Pepper and D.C. Delegate Walter Fauntroy.
Ocean City, Md., is to experience a little bit of Hollywood April 13 at the world premiere of the movie "Violets Are Blue," starring Sissy Spacek and Kevin Kline. The film is set in the resort town, and Spacek and her husband Jack Fisk, who directed the film, are expected for the sold-out evening . . .
Fred Blumenthal, longtime Parade magazine Washington correspondent, told his wife Dorothy that when he died he wanted a group of his friends to get together at the National Press Club bar to hold a wake in his memory. Blumenthal died March 10 at age 67, and his wife has sent out invitations to a group of Blumenthal's close friends, such as columnist Jack Anderson and cartoonist Herblock, to gather at the club Saturday in Blumenthal's memory . . .
It's going to be an autograph seeker's dream this weekend at the Vista International Hotel as all the entertainment world celebrities check in for Monday's Kennedy Center "Victory of the Human Spirit" benefit concert for the National Rehabilitation Hospital on Irving Street. Among the participants scheduled to arrive throughout this week are actors Ed Asner, Robert Guillaume, Robert Blake and Katherine Helmond, former Miss America Suzette Charles, singer Marie Osmond, musicians Wynton Marsalis and Lee Greenwood and comedian Henny Youngman. Two of the honorees -- actress Ann Jillian and singer Teddy Pendergrass -- are also to stay at the hotel . . .
It's not exactly an opportunity to dance with Baryshnikov, but American Ballet Theatre is looking for "character types" of supernumeraries to be part of the classic full-length "Romeo and Juliet" ballet when it is performed next week at the Kennedy Center. The approximately 25 male roles ABT is trying to fill have nothing to do with dancing. The characters -- butchers, elegant gentlemen, four guards, a beggar, a priest and a bridegroom -- serve as backdrop actors for the dancers . . .
Andrew Greeley, the priest who is a one-man book factory with dozens of nonfiction titles and sexy bestselling fiction that has sold in the millions, is trying something new. He has now written a science fiction book entitled "God Game" that explores the premise of what would happen if the characters in a computer game were to come to life while the player still maintained some control and influence over them . . .
The 300-plus-pound William (Refrigerator) Perry of the Chicago Bears and his wife Sherry are new parents. The Refrigerator showed off Norie Shanta Perry, born two months premature, at a Chicago press conference yesterday. The little girl only weighs 3 pounds 10 1/2 ounces, and that's quite a contrast with daddy . . .