It hasn't been a good year for Farrah Fawcett. Several months ago she attended the Memorial Services for comedian Rodney Dangerfield and just a few weeks ago, one for her former agent and best friend, Jay Bernstein. We were at Rodney's memorial given at the hilltop home of his beautiful widow Joan, where Farrah led the mourners by setting free a flock of butterflies to releaser his indomitable spirit At last, Rodney received the respect he deserved.
|The late Jay Bernstein and Farrah Fawcett at Rodney Dangerfield's Memorial (about 6 months ago)|
At Jay's Memorial, held at the Polo Lounge (Jay's favorite watering hole) Dr. Susan Stafford officiated at a love-in which brought scads of celebs and friends of the late, great mega agent to the stars. Present was Jay's adorable daughter, Amber, along with her mom, Simona and Grandma from Austria. They were joined by the legendary A.C. Lyles and Jay's longtime mentor, Warren Cowan, who said there will be an other Memorial for Jay on June 29th at Paramount studios.
|Delmy Touchez, Dr. Susan Stafford & Sandi (Mrs. Wink) Martindale at Jay's Memorial|
Delmy Touchez, Jay's housekeeper and friend of 25 years brought a humongous basket of Jay's favorite flowers (gardenias); and best pal of 37 years, Bill Beck had some wild and wonderful stories to share about Jay's incredible life.
|Geena Davis with Crystal Award|
Ok, maybe Geena Davis is no longer Madame President on the cancelled TV series Commander in Chief, but she triumphed at the Women in Film Crystal Awards, when she received their Lucy Award, named in honor of the late Lucille Ball. As Gina stated, "This is really special for me. I have seen Meryl Streep and incredible people get this award, and it is thrilling to be included." Geena is also to be lauded for her work with the Facing Forward Foundation; an LA based non profit volunteer medical organization, committed to treating children with severe craniofacial deformities.
|Marc Anthony & Jennifer Lopez at Women in Film|
Others honored at Women in Film included Jennifer Lopez, for her strong portrayal of women. The inimitable Lopez stated, "I already have a love affair with diamonds, and now with crystal as well." The theme of the event was Film Brings Us the World, and highlighted the entrance of the new Women in Film President, Cici Holloway. Other honorees included actress Maria Bello, and songwriter Diane Warren, whose hits include "Unbreak My Heart", and "Because You Loved Me" (recorded by Celine Dion). Diane has her own foundation, "Music of My Heart" which supports music education to 1,000 schools nationwide.
And last, but not least, in a very busy week, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Carol Connors and Barbi Benton were recipients of top honors at a major fundraiser for Reef Check at the home of Suzanne Hughes in Beverly Hills. Cousteau gave a passionate speech about the importance of preserving the world's most precious treasures.
|Reef Check Ladies: Mara New, Barbi Benton, Carol Connors, and Cheryl Post with Jean-Michel Cousteau|
Some of the celebs in attendance included David Chokachi, Kelly Hui, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. , former Mousketeer Cheryl Post (who was honorary chairman of the event along with philanthropist Mara Beltrami New, who are to be lauded for their contributions to marine conservation. A most worthwhile event on the Hollywood Beat.
|Farrah Fawcett with PR wiz, Edward Lozzi at Jay's Memorial last week|