Jayne Mansfield Documentary & 17th Annual “Les Girls” Cabaret Benefiting the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund

It was my pleasure to attend the 17th Annual “Les Girls” cabaret which benefitted the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. Hosted by Lauren Shuler Donner, the event kicked off with a cocktail reception at the Avalon Hollywood, followed by a sexy and wickedly funny evening of entertainment, made possible by the donated performances of Hollywood hottest stars. Some of these included Lea Thompson (Scorpion) who performed a Marlena Dietrich impersonation in warbling  Mein Herr, Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) who performed “Everything Old is New Again”, and Steven Weber (13 Reasons Why) who closed the show with Macarthur Park. Other stars kicking up their heels to defeat cancer, included Jon Huertas (This is Us), Jane Leeves (Fraiser) and Jean Smart (The Accountant).

Actor Steven Weber performing in Les Girls (Photo credit — Getty Images)

Founded in 1991, the National Cancer Coalition’s mission is to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. Their activism has generated over $3.3 billion dollars for research. Our money and best wishes is on their goal to succeed. With performers like those listed above — giving their all — how can they miss?

Actresses Ann Cusack & Jean Smart – performed at Les Girls (Photo credit — Getty Images)

One of Hollywood’s larger than life legends, Jayne Mansfield is featured in a Documentary “Mansfield 66/67”, and it is a gasser! Jayne was one of Hollywood’s biggest sex symbols of the 50s and 60s, and this documentary, produced by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, details the last two years of her life. There are a few things I learned about the doomed star: One –when she died in that auto accident, she was not decapitated; and there was a connection with Anton LaVey, head of the Church of Satan, and a curse that was placed on her.

P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes (Producers), Henry Jeannrod & Alison Martino at Mansfield documentary (Photo credit — Getty Images)

Featured in the film are interviews with John Waters, Kenneth Anger, Tippi Hedren & our friend, Mamie Van Doren, who along with Mansfield was right up there with Marilyn Monroe. Sadly, Mamie is the last of these blonde, beautiful bombshells alive & well today. We were invited to view the film, courtesy of our friend, Alison Martino, who is an associate producer. The daughter of famed singer Al Martino, Alison is the guru on Vintage Hollywood, and contributed her knowledge & love to this amusing and entertaining documentary. The film is currently being screened in LA.  Don’t miss it — as Vanity Fair stated, “Be prepared for a rip-roaring good ride”.

TV Star Garrison Clayton & chorus performing at Les Girls (Photo credit — Getty Images)

As a television personality, guest speaker, newspaper reporter and columnist and one of the social arbiters of Los Angeles, Marci Weiner has touched every aspect of entertainment journalism. She has appeared as guest reporter on TV shows including Joan Rivers shows, Eye on LA, and the USA Network. In addition, she has hosted her own segments on Soap Talk, Hollywood Style and Hotline after Dark. You may contact Marci for info and invitations at [email protected]