NEWSMAKERS: Friars for Phyllis

Comedienne Phyllis Diller will make history Friday night when she becomes the first woman ever to be inducted into the Friars Club’s “Wall of Fame”, The Associated Press reports.

Diller, 83, will have her picture unveiled at the private club during a ceremony to honor the performer’s 46-year career.

“She’s just tickled to receive the honor,” her publicist Kelley Shanahan said this week.

EWAN AND JUDE GO THEATRICAL: Ewan McGregor and Jude Law are returning to their roots.

The two film stars have launched a new theater company for the London stage, and word is that it’s dominated by Hollywood big shots, Reuters reports.

The Natural Nylon Theater Co. is expected to do well with McGregor’s and Law’s names behind it. McGregor’s got the “Star Wars” power behind him, and Law has an Oscar nomination for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” under his belt.

Christopher Marlowe’s “Dr. Faustus” and an adaptation of John Fowles’ novel “The Collector” are the first two productions on the theater’s schedule.

Law told a packed London news conference: “We are making a positive step, hopefully, to improve the quality of theater. … We are adding to the mix.”

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