Social Entrepreneur best describes lovely Leeza Gibbons. With her never-ending creativity and mind for business, she has gone from host of such television programs as Entertainment Tonight, and Extra, to developing her own makeup line (Sheer Cover) to Scrapbooking, which provides a system for preserving memories. But perhaps her most rewarding achievement is the establishment of "Leeza's Place", a community centered resource program that educates, empowers and energizes caregivers and those diagnosed with any memory disorder.
Troy & Nathan Leeza's grandmother died from Alzheimer's, and her Mom is in the final stages of the illness. She made it her mission fight the worldwide epidemic of this dread disease, and has set up centers throughout the country. We were invited to commemorate the Hollywood opening of her latest facility, in conjunction with the Assistance League.
with John Hanwell at "Leeza's Place"During the evening, Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars) demonstrated Leeza's dance empowerment program; and Columbia Recording artist, Anna Nalick performed her hit songs, "Breath" and "In the Rough". California State Senator Richard Alarcon and his mom, Olga, participated in the dance demonstration. Olga is a recent stroke survivor and his late grandmother and father both suffered from Alzheimer's.
Pleased to run into gorgeous Barbara Lazaroff (former wife of Wolfgang Puck) who we see every week at Spago, with her handsome English beau, John Hanwell. Other celebrity supporters of Leeza's Place include Olivia Newton-John, Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives) and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue). For further info, please go to www.leezasplace.org.
When the Shubert Theatre in Century City closed we were heartbroken. Living on the Westside, it was our only venue to catch live, Broadway productions in our area. We had to trek downtown to see our beloved musical theatre. Rather belatedly, we discovered the fabulous Freud Playhouse at UCLA, which presents a regular series of America's best and most classic musicals of this century. Since the beginning 9 years ago with (Promises, Promises, starring Jason Alexander) the scope of Reprise has grown considerably. Their superb casts are drawn from the best Broadway performers working today. All this, and convenient underground parking too!
surrounded by her "Generals"We were excited about the opening of Zorba, starring two time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, and Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, who excelled as the faded French mistress, Hortense. The Kander and Ebb score supplies wings for the story with songs that soar with joy, sorrow and the affirmation to live every moment. "Life is what you do, while you're waiting to die" is the theme - and although some might find it dark - we could relate in a most positive manner.