Fred Willard who has appeared on numerous television series, films, stage, talk shows and special events, is best known for his role in the hit flick, Best in Show. He stole the film with his hilarious portrayal of a Dog Show Commentator who didn't know a dachshund from a dingo dog. Not so in real life, as the talented thespian is a huge supporter of animals, and was honored by Actors & Others for Animals at the Universal Hilton Hotel.
| Fred Willard with Sarah Purcell at Actors & Others for Animals|
Doris Roberts, the four time Emmy winning star of Everybody Loves Raymond (the show for which Willard was nominated for an Emmy for his recurring role), joined the dais of jokester and toasters that included Norm McDonald, Ted Lange, Cindy Williams and Sarah Purcell to name a few. The money raised at this event is used to continue the programs of this organization, including lifesaving surgeries for animals in need.
|Kate Jackson accepting award for Farrah Fawcett|
One of the biggest stars in attendance was Lassie -- who is the great granddaughter of the original Lassie. She enjoyed the barbs thrown by newly elected A&O President Jo Anne Worley (Laugh In), and the special vegan luncheon served to the animal friendly audience. Kudos to Executive Director Susan Taylor and her hard working committee, for their ongoing work toward the care and protection of animals.
The original Dream Girl herself made everyone's dream come true, when Dianna Ross performed for the Associates for Breast & Prostate Cancer Research. Commanding the stage in a succession of spectacular gowns, the legendary performer drew everyone into her magical kingdom. Did you know she has achieved sales unequaled by any other female recording artist of her time?
|Lassie at the star studded event|
Ross has raised millions of dollars for numerous charities during her 40-year career, and breast cancer, which strikes one out of every eight women, is one of her favorite causes. Farrah Fawcett, who is currently battling cancer herself, was unable to appear. However, her Charle's Angels co-star, Kate Jackson, who also is a cancer survivor, was on hand to accept the Spirit of Entertainment Award in her honor. The plucky performer made an impassioned speech about Farrah's determination to fight this dread disease.
Carrie Ann Inaba, who will soon be seen along with her Dancing With The Stars co-judge Bruno Tinioli in the new ABC reality competition Dance Wars, was a special guest. The newly engaged dancing darling is also philanthropic, as she has created a dance empowerment program for Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation for Alzheimer's patients and their families.
|LA Master Chorale Assistant Conductor Ariel Quintana, Helene Quintana with Music Director Grant Gershon and Elissa Johnston|
And last, but not least, attended the Los Angeles Master Chorales Elegant Art Deco inspired Black and White ball at the California Club in downtown L.A. Mellon Financial Corporation sponsored this event, which raised $225,000 for the acclaimed Master Chorale, who entertained the courtly crowd. Cole Porter would have felt at home with Mora's Modern Rhythmists, a 13-piece ensemble devoted to performing classic jazz and swing tunes of the 1920's and 30's.
|Carrie Ann Inaba|
Marguerite and Robert Marsh, long time supporters of the Chorale were honored at this elegant evening, which brought us all back to a time of champagne and caviar, and music that we could actually understand on the Hollywood Beat.
|Diana Ross performing for the Associates for Breast & Prostate Cancer Research|