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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Beverly Hills Theatre Guild To Enjoy ‘Sunday In The Park’

ICONS ALL–Receiving Icon Awards at the “Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Party” were above (from left): Lainie Kazan, presenter Joe Cortese (co-star in Oscar winning "Green Book"), Loretta Swit and Michael Learned. Photo by William Kidston
Loretta Swit, Bernie Kopell, Michael Learned, Margaret Avery, Ernie Hudson, Lainie Kazan and Kira Reed Lorsch honored at the 4th annual Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner-Icon Awards Suite and After-Party.

Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 3:49 pm

On St. Patrick’s Sunday, March 17, The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild will present “Sunday In The Park,” honoring “The Golden Age of Hollywood” talent manager Budd Burton Moss, director/actor Howard Storm, Oscar-winning acting legend Eva Marie Saint, plus the late director/producer Jeffrey Hayden and writer/producer Garry Marshall.

The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel and feature a cocktail reception, luncheon and playwright awards for the annual Beverly Hills Theatre Guild/Julie Harris Playwright Award. Competition includes first prize — The Janet and Maxwell Salter Award, second prize – The Nesburn Family Award, and third prize – The Ben & Ruth Flinkman-Marandy Award, as well as the Michael J. Libow Award.

Carolyn Fried is event chair, Janet Salter event co-chair and Constance Towers Gavin, honorary event chair.

The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild was established in 1977 to develop and maintain greater community interest in the theatre and to enrich theatrical experience, especially for children and senior adults.

For information or to purchase tickets, call Cora Kaplan at 310-271-1900.

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The 27th Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish and supported by presenting sponsors IMDb and Neuro Drinks, raised more than $6.3 million to help end HIV/AIDS.

A few of the many many guests… too numerous to mention all their names… Quincy Jones, Jane Seymour, Bernie Taupin, Kaitlyn Carter Jenner, Maria Sharapova, Shane West, Jesse Metcalfe, Caitlyn Jenner, Patricia Arquette, Nico Santos, Kristin Chenoweth, Jasmine Sanders, Diane Lane, Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson, Marcia Gay Harden, Sandra Lee, Miles McMillan, Diana Ross, Nancy Wilson, Lisa Rinna, Rumer Wills, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nikki Reed, Billy Zane, Busy Philipps, Jamie Bell, Anna Paquin, Lindsey Vonn, Thora Birch, Petra Nemcova, Christina Ricci, Paris Hilton, Candace Bushnell, Emilie Hirsch, Terry Crews, Madison Iseman, Lorna Luft, Peter Fonda, Paris Jackson, Willie Garson, Brody Jenner, Eric McCormack, Harry Hamlin, Heidi Klum, Judith Light, Luisa Moraes, plus plus plus.

Sir Elton John created EJAF ( 27 years ago and has raised more than $400 million globally to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services and motivate governments to end AIDS.

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It was quite an evening… The 4th annual Roger Neal Oscar Viewing Dinner-Icon Awards Suite and After-Party held at the legendary Hollywood Palladium, operated by Live Nation. Roger and Lynn Neal, founder and chairman of the event, along with their partners Maryanne and Thomas Lai, definitely know how to throw a first class soiree.

For the past three years, it was held at The Hollywood Museum, but because the party had grown beyond the museum’s capacity they moved it to their new home.

More than 150 stars and 650 guests enjoyed the viewing dinner that also honored several celebrities with Icon Awards during the pre-show. They included for TV: Loretta Swit (MASH); Bernie Kopell (Get Smart, The Love Boat); and Michael Learned (The Waltons); and for film, Margaret Avery (The Color Purple); Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and Lainie Kazan (My Favorite Year, My Big Fat Greek Wedding). The Woman in Philanthropy Icon Award went to actress/philanthropist and two-time Emmy-winner Kira Reed Lorsch (The Bay).

Special guests performed high-brow music from the ’20s and ’30s including Phil Crosby Jr., Bing’s grandson, singing Pennies From Heaven. Other performers were R&B recording artist, 22-year old Roger Neal, and his dancers along with Richard Halpern’s Hollywood Cavalcade band, plus a special appearance by Howard Hewett of Shalamar rocking the Palladium at the After Party… Lots of dancing in the aisles.

Some of the many guests we spotted…Ilya Salkind, Joe Cortese, Barbara Luna, Carla and Lou Ferrigno, Jr., Cory Oliver, Lydia Cornell, Bridgette Nielson, Sofia Milos, Dawn Wells, Lorenzo Lamas, Dee Wallace, Mary Wilson, Cory Feldman, George Papadopoulous, Courtney Stodden, Kate Linder, Judy Tenula, Katherine Kelly Lange, James Jurdi, Patrika Darbo, Meredith Thomas, Miles Tagtmeyer, Stanley Livingston, Patty McCormack, Ivan Modei, Rebecca Holden, Joel Diamond, Robert Mack, Brenda Dickson, Joann Worley, Renee Lawless, Sonika Vaid, James Dumont, Lucille Soong, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Keith Carlos, Gloria Loring, Francesca Fanti, Frank Pesce, Carolyn Hennessey, Peter Mark Richman, Erin Haskell, Ron Moss, Marla Gibbs, Freyda Payne, Kathleen Bradley, Art Evans, Roger E. Mosley, Jamie Farr, Joe Fria, Tanya Roberts, Gloria Garayu, Farah Abraham, Vincent DePaul, Carla and Lou Ferrigno, Burt Ward, Susan Olson, Buzz Aldrin, Chris McDonald, Johnny “Roastbeef” Williams, Celeste Thorson, Lee Purcell, Terry Moore, Sally Kirkland, Roslyn Kind, Wes Geer, Jeri Jewel, Jeraldine Saunders, Kirk Bovill, Emma Eliza Regan, Darren Mahon and Vincent Lambe, Maria Conchita Alonso, John Ratzenberger, Bryce Nielson, Ms. Tan Kheng Hua, George Lazenby, Shiggy, Alice Amter, Barry Bostwick, Jezlan Moyet, John Whitaker, Anthony Michael Hall, Dan Lauria, Obba Babatunde, Richard Grieco, Margaret O’Brien, Tristan Rogers Drew, etc.

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Vanity Fair and luxury car brand Genesis, along with 20th Century Fox, toasted the cast of the celebrated biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. VIP guests were transported to and from the event in luxury Genesis vehicles.

Guests included cast members Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Allen Leech, Mike Myers, Adam Lambert, and additional guests Mena Massoud, Graham King, Brian May and Roger Taylor.

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Award-winning musician and activist Common and his Freedom Road Productions, hosted the 5th annual “A Toast to the Arts Celebration” at the restaurant Ysabel. Honored were a group of diverse female artists who have used their voices to inspire and impact culture. They included Oscar-nominated Ruth Carter, writer/director/actress Rashida Jones, Oscar-winner Regina King, actress Amandla Stenberg, and director Chloe Zhao.




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