Like the Oscar nominees, whose ages ranged from 8 to 80, the guests at Norby Walters "Night of 100 Stars" were a diverse combination of starlets, stars and superstars.
|Norby Walters, Host with Connie Stevens|
We had the pleasure of interviewing 87 year old Celeste Holm, who won an Academy Award for Gentleman's Agreement, and such young performers, as Jason Ritter, Lance Bass and Dominique Swain (Lolita & Alpha Dog). There were even generations of actors, like Shanna Ferrigno (daughter of "The Incredible Hulk") who is currently in the midst of producing and staring in the feature film Clown City.
|Montel Wiliams at "Night of 100 Stars"|
The most rewarding part of Norby's annual star-fest is that everyone is welcome, and there is a camaraderie among the guests that is amazing. We have attended for the past 17 years, and it is like a huge family gathering of glamour, grit and gossip! Sadly missing from the mix was Anna Nicole Smith, who had attended several times, and was scheduled to be there with Howard K. Smith. Famed designer Peter Nygard, one of the underwriters of the event, was a good friend of Anna, and she spent many vacations at his private island in the Bahamas (where he owns the largest home in the world). He tried to wean her off the drugs, but said "she needed a full time guardian". In honor of the recently departed actress/model, there was a shrine set up, with flickering candles, by our mutual friend, Edward Lozzi, who did an excellent job in handling the myriad of press on hand..
|Bo Derek and John Corbett (Sex and the City) with Giego Caveman|
Holding hands, were the still gorgeous Bo Derek and John Corbett (Sex and the City), who were introduced by the party's genial host, Norby. They really enjoyed meeting and greeting the Gieco Caveman, who was appropriately dressed for the occasion. Speaking of attire, the prettiest gown was worn by famed porn star Jenna Jameson, whose autobiography "How to Make Love Like a Porn Star": A Cautionary Tale," is being made into a film. Scarlett Johansson has been singled out by the X- Rated actress to portray her, in what could be an Academy Award winning role. After all, didn't Julianne Moore earn a nomination for her role in Boogie Nights?
|Edward Lozzi and the late Anna Nicole Smith at prior "Night of 100 Stars" soiree|
We were seated next to talk show host Montel Williams, who jetted in for the occasion. Williams, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis is promoting a program, Partnership for Prescription Assistance. As he stated, "There is no reason in America today, why somebody has to wakeup in the morning with pain, because they can't get a hold of their prescription medication."
|Peter Nygard, Underwriter, with Marci|
Also enjoyed chatting with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), who was part of a panel on "How Hollywood and Celebrities Can Be a Force for Good". Sorbo is national spokesperson for "A World fit for Kids & the After School Alliance". And you thought that celebs were only concerned about what to wear on the red carpet on the Hollywood Beat!
|Shana Ferrigno (daughter of "Incredible Hulk")|