at SAG EventThe newly renovated Argyle Hotel (it's gorgeous) was the perfect setting for a star studded kick off for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Actors Resource Center. There was a smattering of veteran actors like James Cromwell, Piper Laurie and Ernie Borgnine, schmoozing with the newer kids on the block like Sean Astin, Eva Mendes and Jason Priestly.
We fit in somewhere around the middle – and chatted up a storm with Fran Drescher, who was with her ex-hubby Peter Mark Jacobson ( co-creator of "The Nanny")and gorgeous Marj Helgenberger (CSI Vegas), who was with her current and hopefully forever mate , actor Alan Rosenberg.
And on the subject of Hollywood Marriages, serial groom Mickey Rooney (seen here with his eighth wife, Jan) unveiled drawings from Graft, the prestigious architectural firm who will design the center's interior in the SAG Building on Wilshire Blvd
Peter Mark Jacobson (co-creator of "The Nanny")The facility, which should be completed next year, would feature rehearsal space, an editing bay, screening room, library and a sound proof room to record voice reels. Acting workshops and networking events will also be offered.
What could be better than a safe place for actors to meet, learn, and access support they need to pursue their craft?
Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels, NBC's Dr. Bruce Hensel, Barbara Lazeroff (estranged wife of Wolfgang Puck) and Jay Bernstein were among the celebs in attendance for an elegant reception for renowned artist Kalman Aron at his studios on So. Beverly Drive. Named as "One of America's Top 100 Artists) by the L.A. Times, Aron was imprisoned in 7 different concentration camps as a boy. His art kept him alive. His portraits include President Ronald Reagan, Henry Miller and world royalty. Other prestigious guests enjoying jazz music and hors d' oeuvres included the Consul General of Israel, Beverly Cohen (Four Seasons Hotel) and Cheryl Kane, who produced the exciting event.
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Actors Resource CenterAnd speaking of exciting events, we thoroughly enjoyed strolling down the streets of the old west at Concern Foundations Block party at Paramount Studios. Since its inception in l968, Concern has raised over $30 million to support cancer research.
The western theme brought out scads of celebs including former Good Morning Miami regular Constance Zimmer; who now has a recurring role on the HBO show Entourage. Others enjoying delicacies from such eateries as Kate Mantellini, Factors Famous Deli, Pinks Hot Dogs, and The Grill included former Governor Gray Davis (wonder if he feels vindicated by the latest Schwarzenegger scandal), actress Samantha Harris and feminist attorney, Gloria Allred, who frequents the same hairdresser as moi, Maria on Wilshire Blvd. Smart girls know how to keep up appearances on the Hollywood Beat.