Same event (for 25 years; same Producer & Dinner Chairman (Norby Walters); Familiar Sponsor, famed designer Peter Nygard & similar cast of former Oscar winners & nominees — but this year a different venue — The Beverly Hilton Hotel. This event, which was even bigger & better, included more than 200 film & television stars, dressed to the nines, being interviewed by more than 250 international media outlets, organized by PR wiz, Edward Lozzi.
Some of the VIP’s strolling down the 300 ft. red carpet, included Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Amy Smart, Steve Bauer and the ubiquitous Gloria Allred, whose escort this year was Supermodel, Beverly Johnson. However, no sightings of Bill Cosby. The Walters family was present in full force, celebrating sons Gary and Richard who were nominated for 5 Oscars; and won 3, for Executive Producing Whiplash (Bold Pictures)!
As TV late night host Jimmy Kimmel stated: “This party brings out the most beautiful girls in town;” and some of these have included Bo Derek, Estella Warren, Tia Carrere, and Xena herself (Lucy Lawless), who I had the pleasure of seating next to last year. Let’s hope that Norby and his fabulous cast of thousands, continue to be the #1 Oscar Viewing Party forever. Can’t think of anywhere I’d rather celebrate the Oscars than with the Walters & their hard-working crew!
Another event we have attended for many years is the 30th Annual Odyssey Ball, which supports the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Last year, the Mandela Family were honored, and this year, actor Gary Sinise will receive their “True Grit” Humanitarian Award. Dr. Maggie Dinome, Director of Cancer Prevention Program at Saint John’s Health Center, will receive “The Duke” Special Service Award. The gala is being held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sat. April 11th, and the entire Wayne family is always in attendance. Master of Ceremonies is actor J.R. Martinez, and there is always a gaggle of glamorous guests. For further info, please contact Grant Associates at 323-904-4400. A great way to help defeat this dread disease.