Being a fan of fantasy and horror films, we never miss the Saturn Awards, which were founded by the late Dr. Donald A. Reed. My ex-brother-in-law, Jack Harris, who produced The Blob (Steve McQueen's first starring role), indoctrinated us into the genre, and I even had a small part in Jack's film, The Eyes of Laura Mars (starring Faye Dunaway).
|Bruce Davison with wife, Michele Corey at Saturn Awards|
This year, Batman Begins and King Kong copped several Saturn Awards, while Star Wars, Sin City and The Chronicles of Narnia were also lauded. Participants in the program included Bruce Davison (seen here with his new wife Michele Corey & baby to be); Lou Diamond Phillips, Catherine Bell, and William Atherton and his wife Nikki Goldin. Atherton who got his break in the horror classic, Carrie opposite Sissy Spacek, is also known for his role as The Greatest American Hero (which won an award for best DVD TV Release. And, of course, Dakota Fanning was selected as best younger actor for her performed in War of the Worlds. By the time she is a teenager, there won't be room for all her trophies.
|William Katt & daughter Dakota|
Speaking of awards, George Barris, world renowned Hollywood Car Kustomizer, will receive the Friars of Beverly Hills Lifetime Achievement Award on June 17th. George is famous for designing the Batmobile, the Munster Koach (Munster's TV show), James Dean's Porsche Spyder, the Ford Explores from Jurassic Park and scads more. Among the celebs slated to honor Barris are Mary Hart, Jay Leno, Larry King and David Hasselhoff. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Iaocca Foundation, a leading supporter of research against Diabetes. For further info, please contact the Friars at 310-553-0850. As Nancy Sinatra stated, "Don't miss this Red CARpet extravaganza."
|George Barris being honored by the Friars Club|
We bid goodbye last week to a Westside Legend, Elaine Young, Realtor to the Stars. Elaine was one of the first "stars" we met when we got off the boat from Philadelphia, and she showed us around her turf. She even sold us our first property in Beverly Hills. Elaine, who was married to Academy Award winning actor Gig Young, represented our town with style and grace. She was never too busy to lend an ear to someone in need, and in spite of her luxury lifestyle and cadre of celebrities, always found time to be a true friend to everyone. A rare commodity in tinseltown indeed.
|Gig Young, Elaine Young & Baby Jennifer Young|
Café Roma was her favorite dining spot, and her round table (in the center of the courtyard, of course) was always stocked with beautiful people. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, another regular diner, said he was impressed by Elaine's courage and strength. Many of these were at her memorial, including James Darren, Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, Sally Kirkland and eternally young Terry Moore. Elaine's daughter, Jennifer and her best friend, Marie Foti were gracious hosts to the more than 200 admirers who came to pay tribute to the Queen of the Hollywood Beat - Elaine Young.
|Jennifer Young & Marie Foti at Elaine's Memorial|