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.
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.
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?
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.