Familiar faces like Roseanne, Bill Maher, Bob Saget, and Louie Anderson were there sipping rose martinis and trading memories about the talented thespian. As Joan stated, “Rodney’s energy and purity is now passed on to each of us and to future generations. Rodney will always represent what it feels like for us all to crave a little respect.”
Others in attendance included Karen and Howard Baldwin, Academy Award wining producers of Ray, who are preparing to produce Rodney, and bring his life story to the big screen to further expand his legacy. Thank God, he finally received the respect he so richly deserved.
A few days later, we joined Nicollete Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) at the Playboy Mansion to attend the 11th Annual Safari Brunch to benefit the Wildlife Waystation. Founded in 1976 by wildlife lover Martine Colette, the Waystation is the largest facility of its kind in North America. They provide rescue, rehabilitation, relocation and a permanent sanctuary for both native and exotic wildlife.
Hosted by humanitarian Bob Lorsch, some of the celebs seen strolling around Hugh Hefner’s tropical paradise, included Loretta Swit (Mash), Bernie Koppel (Love Boat), Dyan Cannon and Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Fellow columnist, Anita Talbert conducted a sensational super silent/live auction, which raised huge funds for this worthy cause.
William Shatner received The Special Friend of Animals Award, and Arthur Kassel was lauded for his tireless work on behalf of the sanctuary. As they say: “We can judge the heart of a man, but his treatment of animals.” Bravo to all who care so much for those who cannot speak for themselves on the Hollywood Beat.