We were invited to the world premiere of Svetlana About Svetlana, which explores the life and literary works of Svetlana Alliluyeva. Joseph Stalin's daughter. Perhaps because the two women bore the same first name, Svetlana permitted actress, producer, Svetlana "Lana"Parshina to come into her home, and film an intimate, revealing interview with the reclusive author.
|Svetlana (Lana) Parshina and Mira Sorvino at Svet;ana premiere|
Actor Paul Sorvino attended the premiere, along with his Oscar winning daughter Mira Sorvino. Although Paul is of Italian descent, he does have one connection to Russian cinema - after all he did portray Nikolai Rozenko (half brother of Worf) in Star Trek - The Next Generation! Mia, who looks great after just birthing her second baby (it's a boy) with much younger hubby, handsome actor Christopher Backus. Mia is some smart cookie -- did you know that she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard?
|Paul Sorvino at Vodaspa|
The after party at Vodaspa brought our such celebs as Anya Monzikova, briefcase toting Model #10, from Deal or No Deal, last seen in Tropic Thunder; stunning Russian actress, Natasha Alam (Entourage), and Inna Korobkina (Dawn of the Dead). After seeing all these gorgeous gals, we are reminded of the phrase,"The Russians Are Coming" - and we American ladies better beware!
|Actor Steve Valentine (Crossing Jordan) with Svetlana and Inna Korobkina (Dawn of the Dead)|
A gaggle of celebs were on hand at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood to applaud award winning entertainer Michael Feinstein perform the beautiful music of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The star-studded event was hosted by Jim Casey, President of Integrated Wealth Management, who partnered his clients, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and the Deane F. Johnson Alzheimer's Research Center at UCLA.
Kate Edelman Johnson, who established the Foundation in honor of her late husband, also was celebrating her Birthday - along with Valerie Harper, who received rave notices for her portrayal of Tallulah Bankhead, in the play "Looped". Seems Harper, best known as "Rhoda," which brought her four Emmys and a Golden Globe, is a woman of a thousand faces. Did you know that she recently portrayed author Pearl Buck, and Golda Meier?
|Maj and Larry Hagman|
The Bergman's, whose hits include The Way We Were," What Are You Doing the Rest of your Life", and the music for Yentil to name a few, celebrated over 50 years of collaboration, and their songs have been nominated for 16 Academy Awards. Alan himself warbled one of his favorite tunes, "Windmills of Your Mind" for the delighted crowd.
Seems like every major TV series of the past was well represented. At my table we broke bread with the still gorgeous Donna Mills, and her handsome escort, and Michele Lee, her co-star from Knotts Landing. Donna will soon appear in the Hallmark movie, Ladies of the House, alongside Florence Henderson and Pam Grier. While Lee is touring the country with her musical show.
|Michele Lee, Linda Gray& Valerie Harper|
At another table was the Dallas bunch, headed by J.R. himself, Larry Hagman, looking fabulous, despite his health challenges. He was with his real wife of 54 years, Maj, and his reel wife, Linda Gray, and they were celebrating the 30thanniversary of the debut of Dallas, that transformed the Big D.
Regis Philbin jetted in from the big apple with his wife, Joy, and there seemed to be a mixture of six degrees of separation in the room. Blonde beauty, Loni Anderson, was there with her new hubby, Bob Flick, and son, Quinton Reynolds. Since Kate Edelman Johnson was formerly engaged to Burt Reynolds (after Loni divorced him), it was interesting to see the two beauties are on friendly terms. Then, to add to the mix, Roslyn Kind, Barbra Streisand's singing sister was in attendance, along with Bab's former husband, Elliott Gould.
|Humanitarian Kate Edelman Johnson, JimCasey (Host) & Loni Anderson|
Although there were many high maintenance celebs in the room, kudos must go to the adorable King Charles Spaniel, which was auctioned off for the cause. Would you believe that major philanthropist Wallis Annenberg outbid Fred Hyman (Giorgio's) and coughed up $50,000 for the pedigreed pup? Only on the Hollywood Beat.