Actress Anjelica Huston and her director brother Danny Huston were among about 20 family members and close friends who took part in a private 45-minute funeral service yesterday for their father, famed film director John Huston.

Huston, who died at 81 of complications from emphysema last Friday in Newport, R.I., was buried in a mausoleum at Hollywood Memorial Park beside his mother, journalist Rhea Gore.

Danny Huston is currently directing a film in Rhode Island titled "Mr. North" from a screenplay written by his father. Anjelica Huston, who arrived at the service escorted by actor Jack Nicholson, has a cameo role in the film.

A public memorial service is expected to be held in about two weeks.

Gorbachev's Loyal Following

A leader of a major Soviet women's organization resisted the opportunity yesterday to call for female leadership in the Kremlin and used the occasion to declare that Mikhail Gorbachev is doing just fine, thank you. "We like the general secretary as he is -- let him work as long as he can," Alevtina Fedulova, deputy chairman of the Soviet Women's Committee, replied when asked whether Soviet women would like to see one of their own as Soviet leader.

Fedulova, speaking in Washington at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters, described Gorbachev as "very sensitive to women's issues." She acknowledged, however, that while women are well represented in local and city governments and occupy a third of the 1,500 seats in the Supreme Soviet, none is among the 12 members of the ruling Politburo.

The CIA's Buckley Remembrance

The CIA held a memorial service yesterday for William Buckley, the agency official who died in captivity as a hostage in Lebanon more than two years ago. The service, at which CIA Director William Webster delivered a brief speech, was open only to family and friends. Buckley, a native of Medford, Mass., was 55 when he was seized by kidnapers in Beirut on March 16, 1984. U.S. officials have said they have information that Buckley was tortured in captivity. Former hostages have said they think Buckley, a bachelor, died in the summer of 1985, possibly in June. His body has not been recovered.

Sharon Foster, a CIA spokeswoman, said Buckley's name will be added to a list of 50 CIA employes who have died in the line of duty. The list is publicly displayed at the entrance of the CIA headquarters building in McLean.

Greene Shows Some Improvement

Actor Lorne Greene, stricken with pneumonia following ulcer surgery, showed improvement yesterday but remains in serious condition. A spokeswoman for St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., said Greene, 72, is responding to treatment, is under "close observation" and breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

The 'Cats' Cast's AIDS Benefit

A performance by a touring company of the Broadway show "Cats" helped raised $75,000 for AIDS research and care programs in Vancouver. "We took in ... exactly AIDS Vancouver's shortfall this year," said benefit chairman Michael Harding. Sunday's event attracted 2,000 people.

The cast of "Cats," backstage personnel and other staff at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre gave up their day off to do the show in support of the nonprofit community organization, which assists those stricken with the disease. Chuck Conconi is on vacation.