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Annette Bening and Warren Beatty

at "The Cherry Orchard" opening night

A slew of stellar stars to equal the Oscars. Among those enjoying Chekhov’s examination of Russia’s dying aristocracy through the plight of Madame Ranyevaya, were the elusive Courtney Love, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Helen Hunt, and the stars of Will & Grace, Eric McCormick and Sean Hayes.

Arguably, the real draw of the evening was Annette Bening luminous as the irreverent matriarch of the family. Ms Bening can do no wrong. She is able to transform herself into a myriad of characters • from a gangster’s moll (Bugsy) to Jean Harris (who shot the world-famous diet guru Dr. Herman Tarnower), to the President’s lover (American President). Perhaps the last mentioned role is one she may play one day in real life • as her hubby, Warren Beatty, certainly has been making a name for himself on the political beat.

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Courtney Love & Friend

at "The Cherry Orchard"

Besides Bening’s outstanding performance, Alfred Molino, who portrays Lopakhin, the peasant who works his way up to eventually owning the Cherry Orchard, is mesmerizing. Never for one moment is he out of character • a truly magical performance! The play will run through March 19th. You may purchase tickets by calling (213-628-2772.)

Speaking of actors assuming unusual roles, seems that several of our noted Thespians are going into law enforcement. Did you know that Oscar winner Mira Sorvino became a Deputy Sheriff in Scranton Pennsylvania? And just the other night, Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk) was sworn in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff here in Los Angeles. The weightlifter-turned-actor is following in the footsteps of his dad, Matthew, a retired New York City Police Lieutenant. Sheriff Lee Baca said, “Mr. Ferringno will help inspire those currently serving as reserves and he will be an encouragement to those who may wish to become reserve deputies However, would- be criminals beware: You don’t want to run afoul of The Incredible Hulk, do you? So what’s next? Maybe Angelina and Brad will join CHIPS.

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Lou Ferrigno ("Incredible Hulk")

when he became a Reserve Deputy Sheriff

Talent Agent Blair Belcher, whose clients include actors Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni and director Judd Apatow (The 40 year Old Virgin), received the “Harriet Award” from Beit T’Shuvah, a residential Jewish addiction rehabilitation program. She became a mentor to the young women in their recovery program in 1999, and has been working passionately transforming men and women enslaved by their addictive lifestyles.

Others honored at the dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, included President Warren Breslow and the Skirball foundation. Thanks go to Rabbi Mark Borovitz, the spiritual leader of this fine program, and all the hard working volunteers who have guided those in need to return to sobriety, family and Judaism. Mazel Tov to all on the Hollywood Beat.

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