As Tom Hanks stated, "Everybody loves Julia -- everybody". He was referring, of course, to the Pretty Woman herself, Julia Roberts who received the 22nd Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton. She was lauded for her contributions to the art of the Moving Picture, by this organization, established in 1981, that celebrates film in all its forms. Prior recipients include Michael Douglas, Nicole Kidman, Al Pacino and Tom Cruise, so she certainly was in good company.
|Julia Roberts on stage accepting award|
Some of her former co-stars who were on hand to congratulate her included Natalie Portman (Closer), Marcia Gay Harden (Mona Lisa Smile) Bruce Willis (Oceans Twelve) and Shirley Mac Laine, who worked with her on Steel Magnolias. Shirley sensed early on that there was something special about Julia, and was proud of her growth as an actress and a woman.
But the most moving (excuse the pun) tribute was delivered on video by George Clooney, who appeared in a bathroom stall, because he said, he was filming, and had to get away from his fans, to a private place to speak. In the middle of his speech, his shoe was taped by a foot in the stall next door.... and an embarrassed Brad Pitt was the culprit!
|Actor Michael Chiklis, at fundraiser for The Children's Lifesaving Foundation|
Julia, who just turned 40, said she is most proud to be a wife and Mom to the most amazing children. When she approached the stage at the end of the evening, the new Mom grabbed her chest joking, "Is there a hungry baby in the house? Come on up."
|Sally Field, who co-starred with Julia in Steel Magnolias|
Former honoree, Denzel Washington, presented the award to Julia. He co-starred with her in The Pelican Brief, and announced: "You do an extraordinary job, extraordinary well". Guess that sums it up best. If you want to hear more from such luminaries as Mike Nichols, Garry Marshall, and Richard Gere, catch "An American Cinematheque Tribute" on AMC, December 5th at 8:00 PM
|Julia Roberts with Tom Hanks at Cinematheque Awards|
To get to a more poignant occasion, must comment on the Malibu fire, which ravaged the Castle Kashan, owned by our friend, Princess Lilly Lawrence. The beautiful humanitarian often lent her magnificent home to various charities, and we visited her just a few weeks ago to benefit The Children's Lifesaving Foundation. Actor Michael Chiklis (The Shield) represents the organization, which provides housing and education to homeless at risk children and their families.
The entire City Council of Malibu was present, including Mayor Jeff Jennings, along with actress Frances Fisher, Melissa Watkins, Producer of the Golden Globes, Andrew Ettinger, Literary and Media Consultant, and Jeraldine Saunders, author of the Love Boat. Lilly stole the show with her spectacular shimmering gown designed by Tatyana Peter. And we all were impressed by her hospitality and graciousness.
|Actress/Author Heather Hewitt with Princess Lilly Lawrence at Castle Kashan|
Who would have believed this was the last soiree ever to be held in the Castle, which was in escrow at $17 million dollars? Despite the fact that she lost her home, and priceless collection of family heirlooms and memorabilia, the Princess reflected, "My possessions don't posses me. My house does not posses me. I'm thinking about our boys in Iraq". A truly royal response, don't you think?
Our hearts and prayers go out to all families who have been affected by the horrendous fires in our great state.