Looking more glamorous than any movie star, Valerie Plame Wilson, who was identified by an unnamed source as a CIA operative, made a rare appearance in tinseltown. Her handsome hubby, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs during President Clinton's second term, was Keynote speaker at the Spirit of Liberty Awards at the Beverly Hilton. This event, hosted by George Lopez, lauds those dedicated to protecting the values that uphold a free society. Among the honorees were Dan Glickman, CEO of the Motion Picture Association, and Emmy Award winning actress, Christine Lahti. As Founder of the group producer Norman Lear stated, "Our civil liberties are under attack today more than ever before in our nation's history. These people are true American heroes who will not let our Constitution and Bill of Rights be trod upon."
|Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson|
A hero from another country, Immaculee Ilibagiza jetted in from the Toronto film Festival where she was given an award for her efforts towards African relief at a gala hosted by Matt Damon, featuring his pal, Brad Pitt. Publicist Dale Olson invited us to meet her at an industry launch of her new documentary, "the Diary of Immaculee", at his Hollywood Hills home. This film traces the story of this gorgeous young woman, who is often is called the Rwandan Anne Frank, because she hid with 7 other women in a tiny secret bathroom for 90 days during the 1994 holocaust.
|Immaculee Ilibagiza with Elliott Gould and Earl Holliman at Dale Olson's soiree|
Gathered to greet her were a variety of stars and executives including Elliott Gould, who had just been elected to the SAG Board, and Michael Reagan, son of the President, who revealed he will be doing a huge story on the documentary on his national radio show. Rumor is a feature film is in the works. Beyonce or Halle Berry would be perfect to portray this beautiful and courageous woman.
|Wayne Brady who entertained at "Building it Together"|
We were pleased to attend "Building It Together" - An All Star Salute to the Beverly Hills Playhouse and Camelot Artists at the Freud Playhouse in Westwood. The effervescent Doris Roberts was Chair of the Event, and some of the celebs performing at the benefit included her co-star in "Everyone Loves Raymond", Ray Romano, Tyne Daley, Michael Feinstein and Wayne Brady, whose improvisational antics had the audience in stitches. We also enjoyed Sally Kellerman's raucous rendition of "Don't Feel My Leg", and pianist Allen Barton wowed us with Gershwins "Rhapsody in Blue".
|Ray Romano & Doris Roberts at Salute to Beverly Hills Playhouse & Camelot Artists|
Camelot Artists is the non-profit theatre company of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, founded by renowned director and instructor, Milton Katselas. Their talented pool of actors include George Clooney, James Cronwell, Richard Dreyfus and Helen Hunt. With this fundraising event, they hope to put Camelot Artists on the map, and develop resources for various community outreach programs, which aim to bring live theatre to school kids throughout Los Angeles. Brava to Mama Doris for bringing it all together on the Hollywood Beat.
|Christine Lahti with Producer Norman Lear at Spirit of Liberty Awards|