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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Theatre Guild Honors Constance Towers, Michael Libow

Multi-talented actress/singer/philanthropist Constance Towers (right) received the Spotlight Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild at its “Sunday in the Park” luncheon while Michael J. Libow, popular Beverly Hills realtor was saluted for his dedication and service to the Beverly Hills community. Photo by Amir

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018 – 1:59 PM

The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild celebrated its 40th anniversary with its “Sunday in the Park” luncheon at the Four Seasons on South Doheny Drive.

Receiving the Spotlight Award was Constance Towers, the multi-talented actress and philanthropist whose work ranged from co-starring with Yul Brynner in The King and I on Broadway to a film career which was launched opposite John Wayne and William Holden in The Horse Soldiers. More recently, she has appeared on dozens of TV series plus the soap General Hospital. She recently served as president/chair of the Blue Ribbon, which annually buses 18,000 fifth graders to the Music Center to experience live theatre performances.

Connie is the widow of the late actor John Gavin, who was U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

Her co-honoree was famed realtor Michael Libow, who was saluted for his lifetime service to the community. His support and involvement with BHUSD schools (which he attended as a youth), plus the police, fire and other Beverly Hills civic departments is well known. A sidelight is his musical prowess as leader of a rock band called Rod Lightning and the Thunderbolts of Love.

The guild’s primary function is to encourage new playwrights with a yearlong, nationwide program supervised by Candace Coster resulting in the presentation of the Julie Harris Playwright Awards and the Play Competition for Youth Theatre.

Carolyn Fried and Janet Salter serve as president and board chair respectively while James Jahant and David Hunt Stafford were the event co-chairs with Gloria Stroock as honorary chair.

Committee members were Mary Cutler, Stanley and Mitzi Eisenberg, Ruth Flinkman-Marandy, Lorraine Friedman, Marilyn Friedman Marilyn Gallup, Dorothy Victor, Judson Mock and his mother, Patricia Mock.

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The Daily Front Row hosted its 4th annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at The Beverly Hills Hotel, celebrating the visionaries who make the intersection between fashion and Hollywood the most stylish place to be.

And the winners are… Jen Atkin (Hair Artist of the Year), Wendi and Nicole Ferreira (Men’s Stylists of the Year), Alexi Lubomirski (Photograph-er of the Year), Juicy Couture’s Jamie Mizrahi (Best Design Debut), Cami Morrone (Emerging Talent), Phillip Plein (Fashion Rebel), Emily Ratajkowski (Model of the Year), Jeremy Scott (Creative of the Year), Coach’s Stuart Vevers (Designer of the Year) and Kate Young (Women’s Stylist of the Year).

Presenters and special guests included Nicole Richie, Rowan Blanchard, Jennifer Meyer, Amelia Gray Hamlin, Charlotte McKinney, Paris Hilton, August Getty, Chrissy Teigen, Joel Madden, Asia Chow, Paris Jackson, Kris Jenner, Kate Mulleavy, John Legend, Frances Bean Cobain, Erin Foster, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Marsai Martin, Caroline Vreeland… plus plus plus.  The event was hosted by Derek Blasberg.

Since its inception in 2003, the Daily Front Row and have been speaking directly to fashion’s A-list insiders wherever they are—the front rows and runways of Fashion Week, the backyards of their Hamptons summer homes, their New York abodes, and their chicest travel destinations.

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