Mario Lopez might not have won the contest in Dancing With The Stars, but won the heart of everyone when he lead Debbie Reynolds onto the stage performing a two step at a Tribute to June Allyson at the El Portal Theatre. Gloria De Haven, Margaret O'Brien and Jane Russell were among the stars who came to pay homage to the late Ms. Allyson, who was one of the undisputed original industry icons.
|Jane Russell with Host, Paul Ryan at Tribute|
Sponsoring the event was Dame Celia Lipton Farris, Producer of the American Cinema Awards in Hollywood and London. Host Paul Ryan interviewed such celebs as Jane Withers and Tippi Hedren, and her daughter Melanie Griffith, who declared, "I wish they made movies like those today." So do we!
|Melanie Griffith and her Mom, Tippi Hedren at Tribute|
Patricia Marshall-Gelbart, whose career began and ended opposite June Allyson in MGM musical Good News, claimed the first of three marriages became her career, and her fourth to MASH creator, Larry Gelbart was her lucky number. The three times married Debbie Reynolds declared, "Maybe I should try for one more!" It was that kind of evening filled with fun and frolic, with some fabulous dames of Hollywood's Golden era.
|Mario Lopez ("Dancing With The Stars") with Debbie Reynolds at Tribute to June Allyson|
A plethora of renowned interior designers participated in the Garden and Design Showcase at the Historic Greystone Estate. Originally built for the Doheny family in the late 1920's, the empty 46,000 square.foot mansion has been transformed into rooms of inspired style. The proceeds went to support the ongoing restoration of one of California's great estates, which now belongs to the City of Beverly Hills.
Bernardo Puccio, chose to design the Solarium, because he was taken by the wonderful shadows coming through the arched French windows, and the textured stone walls and inlaid flooring. He created an intimate space, where one might enjoy a romantic supper or cocktails, away from the adjoining grandeur of the adjacent living area. He hosted a special group of socialites for a personal tour, and later took the Ladies Who Lunch to Morton's, where he transformed the mundane tables into a lavish Fall inspired banquet setting. Another amazing feat for our talented pal, Bernardo.
|Rich Little as Nixon performed at Tribute|
Jamie and Frank McCourt, owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be honored by the American Friends of the Hebrew University at their annual Scopus Award Gala on Sunday, December 10th, at the Beverly Hilton. They join a distinguished group of past Scopus Laureates including Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, Barbra Streisand and Billy Crystal. Vin Scully, Hall of Fame Broadcaster, and Voice of the Dodgers, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and the Honorable Al Gore will be the Keynote Speaker.
|Jamie and Frank McCourt (L.A. Dodgers) to receive Scopus Award|
The McCourts have focused their philanthropic efforts on educational organizations, and they have raised more than $1 billion dollars for various educational initiatives. The funds donated from this event, will help provide scholarship opportunities for students at Hebrew University. For reservations and further info, please all 310-843-3100. How often can you have the opportunity to meet the owners of the L.A. Dodgers and Al Gore at such a worthwhile event on the Hollywood Beat?