If Sharon Stone ever decides to give up acting, she could become the most successful Auctioneer ever. Before going to Cannes last week, where she hosted a benefit for Aids with Robin Williams, she helped raise a quarter of a million dollars at a live auction to benefit Lupus LA. Wearing a skin tight red gown, she pleaded, teased and cajoled the SRO audience into buying luxury items and trips - and even joked that she might accompany them on the trip (if the price was right)!

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Sharon Stone, Auctioneer at Lupus Event

Lupus LA was formed six years ago by Dr. Daniel Wallace to raise funds for Lupus Research. Did you know that this autoimmune disease affects over two million Americans, 90% are women, and there is no cure? To this end, many prominent young women support this cause, including our dear friend, Carrie (Mrs. Bernie Brillstein) who will be their honoree next year. One of the items auctioned off by sexy Sharon included Tee time at Hillcrest Country Club with hubby Bernie.

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Pietra Thorton with actor Antonio Rufino

Another avid supporter is gorgeous Pietra Thornton, ex-wife of Billy Bob, and mother of their two sons, Willie (12) and Harry (13). Pietra has created and written a reality-based television show, Celebrity Ex, and she is considering a role in a film Redefining Normal, as well as a major role in a film by director Gabriel Bologna. Pietra is a woman with extreme depth and commitment, and she brings this quality to her work. We wish her much success in her chosen career.

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Pietra Thornton & sons, Willie & Harry

Hilarious Jason Alexander hosted the show, featuring Glenn Frey of the Eagles, who rocked the house with his own Mad Dog Band. Honorees included Fox Network's Golden Globe winner House creator David Shore. Joyce Green, of the John Wayne Institute also received an award which was presented by Gretchen Wayne, the widow of John's son, Michael. Other celebs in the audience included Rob Lowe, Wayne Newton, (who jetted in from Vegas for the occasion), Shari Belafonte and Marla Maples.

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Wayne Newton & Carol Brillstein at Lupus Event

Another star-studded event was held at the Westside home of Connie Stevens to celebrate the publication of Diane Ladds' book, Spiraling Through the School of Life. This extraordinary book that is part autobiography, part spiritual guidance details Diane's marriage to actor Bruce Dern, and the "miracle" birth of their daughter Laura Dern. She describes her friendship with such celebs as Johnny and June Carter Cash, Rock Hudson, Marlon Brando and Shelly Winters to name a few.

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Diane Ladd and celebrity friends at book signing soiree at Connie Steven's Home

Many of her buddies were at the afternoon garden party including Lainie Kazan, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor, who are starring in the Bermuda Avenue Triangle opening June 2nd at the Brentwood Theatre. Others sipping champagne and chocolate covered strawberries included Red Buttons, Peter Mark Richman and, of course, Connie's two delightful daughters Tricia Leigh and Joely Fisher, who is co-starring with Brad Garrett in the new Fox TV Sitcom, Till Death. It was lovely to share this glorious afternoon with some of the most beautiful people on the Hollywood Beat.

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