and Joni Berry, CEO of SHAREThe legendary Hollywood Palladium was the appropriate setting for "A Swinging Return to the 40's and 50's" when internationally known celebrity charity, SHARE, presented their Legacy Award to veteran Hollywood columnist Army Archerd. They even had a Frank Sinatra look & sound alike, Dakota, making his entrance singing "the Best Is Yet To Come – and indeed it was!
Following in the crooner's footsteps, were the SHARE Swing Dancers, looking like they just came out of the USO Canteen, who danced their little feet off in the show produced by Gary Smith He has produced Paul McCartney's first TV special, and Elvis Presley's last, so you know that big things were in store. We even were treated to Michael Bolton, who ventured into the Opera repertoire with Puccini's "Nesun Dorma." Ok – he's no Pavarotti, but he sure looks good.
in front of Elvis Presley's 24 Karat gold CadillacBut the real hit of the evening was comedian Dom Irrera who was irreverent, but hilarious. His shtick with microphone feedback (which happened to be someone mumbling in Spanish) was outrageous, and some of his language was a bit over the top – but he broke up the western clad audience, who gave him a standing ovation.
Archerd, who has been writing his Hollywood column for Variety for 52 years, thanked the gracious Ladies for the honor. He was pleased to note that since 1953, they have raised close to $40 million to help disabled and abused children.
At another recent event at the Peterson Automotive Museum, many of the stars who worked with George Barris (Hollywood's King of the Kustomers" were on hand, when Barris auctioned off his famous motion picture and TV cars. Even William Shatner was there to check out some of his vintage motorcycles. Some of the vehicles on display included Dukes of Hazzard, General Lee (Dodge Charger), the Beverly Hillbillies Jalopy and Vin Diesels Triple XXX and Fast & Furious cars.'