Hollywood Beat, Oct 24, 2009


Hollywood Beat, Oct 24, 2009
Operation Smile, Jack Lalane’s 95th Birthday


Operation Smile

The paparazzi were out in full force at the Beverly Hilton to greet  Jessica Simpson & her family who were honored by Operation Smile.  Jessica is an Ambassador for this Foundation, which strives to heal children’s smiles, by repairing facial deformities.  Wearing a sleek black halter jumpsuit, and the biggest smile in the house, the gorgeous superstar (who is always under scrutiny by the press) proved that she could strut the red carpet with the best of them.  Wafer thin is definitely not in!

As a matter of fact, Papa Joe Simpson was enthusiastic about Jessica’s new reality show  The Price of Beauty – where in many countries, the bigger you are – the more beautiful.  Personally, I think a size 6 (which she probably is these days) is fantastic!

Charice Pempengco, International singing sensation performed in the show, emceed by the exuberant Billy Bush (Access Hollywood),   Without a Trace, co-star Poppy Montgomery, presented a Smile Award to Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter (a more beautiful couple you have never seen). Roselyn, who is also starring on Without A Trace and Eric, who will star in the new ABC series, Single with Parents, have attended a medical mission to Nicaragua in 2008, and are avid supporters of the cause.

Gala event chair Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) presented the Wallis Annenberg Award to the Honorable Richard J. Riordan, former Mayor of L.A., Downey, along with her husband, Reality Producer Mark Burnett,  were former honorees, along with the Trump family, Goldie Hawn, Mario Lopez and Wilt Chamberlain (to name a few)

This non- profit organization founded in 1982 by Dr. William Magee and his wife, Kathleen, has treated more than 135,000 children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities and currently work in 51 countries.  This particular evening, over $1.75 million was raised to benefit the organization.  Something to Smile about indeed!

Performer Charice Pempengco with honoree Jessica Simpson

Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee presented the Founders Circle Award to Jessica, Tina and Joe Simpson

Smile Ambassador Roma Downey with Kathy Magee

Without a Trace's Poppy Montgomery presented the Universal Smile Award to her co-star Roslyn Sanchez and husband, actor Eric Winter


Jack LaLane’s 95th Birthday

Lots of testosterone floated around the ballroom of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel when Fitness Legend Jack LaLane celebrated his 95th Birthday.  In the packed room of friends and admirers were The Terminator (Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger), The Incredible Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) and Montel Williams, who is a hero himself in fighting his battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

The elegant event was also a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, a cause close to LaLane’s

We were all treated to a retrospective of Jack’s amazing life, which proved he walks the walk.  Did you know that age 70, he was handcuffed and shackled, and swam 15 miles, while towing 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary?

His philosophy is that one’s body is their most prized possession, and you should take care of it.  He dedicated his life to encouraging people to better themselves through exercise and fitness, and owned and operated over 200-health clubs worldwide. His Power Juicer is a staple in the lives of all health conscious people, and TriStar Products announced that their new Power Juicer would provide donations to cancer research in his name.

Another Legend in attendance was Roger Williams, world-renowned pop concert pianist, with 18 gold and platinum recordings, and his darling date, Jacque Heeber, author of First Person Cat, a new adult fiction mystery novel due out on November 1st. (My Birthday!)

I hope I can survive to age 95 like my friend, Jack LaLane – and be in half as good shape as this fantastic gentleman.

Jack LaLane with his wife of 50 years, Elaine

Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk) and his Fitness Family (they all are fitness instructors!) 

Legendary Pianist Roger Williams with Author, Jacque Heebner

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