Congratulations to Annette for being honored for her work with The Actors Fund at Variety’s third annual Power of Women luncheon last Friday. Annette, joined by her husband Warren Beatty, represented us at the event at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. Over 450 guests attended the luncheon, celebrating women in entertainment and the charities they support. (Other honorees included Mary J. Blige, Eva Longoria, Lea Michele, Stacey Snider, and Olivia Wilde).
Angela Lansbury was on hand to introduce Annette who delivered a riveting speech to guests. Thanks to Annette’s participation, The Fund received a full page ad that appeared on the morning of the event! Thanks for the support, Annette and Angela!
It’s been ten years since the unforgettable one-night-only 20th Anniversary performance of Dreamgirls, the Tony Award–winning musical by librettist Tom Eyen and composer Henry Krieger. The event, which was a benefit for The Actors Fund, took place September 24, 2001, at The Ford Center (now The Foxwoods Theatre) — not long after the 9/11 attacks. Actors Fund President Brian Stokes Mitchell, who had a cameo in the show, began the evening with a pre-show speech to remind everyone that, in the face of the horrible events everyone in New York City had just witnessed, it was more important than ever to remind ourselves that the show must go on.
Under the Musical and Artistic Direction of Seth Rudetsky, the evening starred the incredible trio of Audra McDonald, Heather Headley and Lillas White, and also featured appearances by Malcom Gets, Darius de Haas, Norm Lewis, Alice Ripley, Brad Oscar, Billy Porter, Emily Skinner, James Stovall, Tamara Tunie and Patrick Wilson. Danny Herman and Brenda Braxton co-directed and co-choreographed the evening. Nonesuch Records released a recording of the event, which is still available.
The event raised over a million dollars for The Fund, and just a few of the supporters who came out for the show included Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Betty Buckley, Celeste Holm and Patti LuPone.
Check out this preview performance by Audra, Heather, and Lillas on The Rosie O’Donnell Show:
One of the more special highlights of life at The Lillian Booth Actors Home are the regular visits by some of the entertainment industry’s best and brightest, each of whom take time out of their busy schedules to perform for and spend some time with their now-retired compatriots residing at The Home. This month’s amazingly generous guest was Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway, who performed a few of her favorite show-stopping numbers (including Memory and Something Wonderful) accompanied by the always-fabulous keyboardist Phil Reno. Liz was also interviewed by John Erman, and spent time greeting all of the residents who’d stopped by for the festivities.
A very special thank-you to our wonderful supporter John Erman, who donates his time and talent to make these special monthly visits possible.
The Actors Fund’s Lillian Booth Actors Home is an assisted living and skilled nursing care facility that provides a comfortable living environment on six acres of property in Englewood, New Jersey. Click here to learn more about The Home and its services.