On Thursday, September 20th, hundreds of people gathered at The Hollywood Museum to pay tribute to publicist and Actors Fund Board of Trustee member, Dale Olson. The beautiful ceremony included remembrances of Dale by Harlan Boll, Maxwell Caulfield, Donelle Dadigan (President of The Hollywood Museum who donated the space), Diane Ladd, Charlotte Rae, David Rambo, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Kevin Thomas and Actors Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt, who spoke about Dale’s commitment and dedication to The Fund.
Directed by John Bowab, the event also featured Patricia Morison, who sang “So in Love,” and Davis Gaines, who performed “Someone to Watch Over Me” – two of Dale’s favorite songs.
The last speaker was Gene Harbin, Olson’s husband and companion for over 30 years, and we especially thank him for helping us pay tribute to this incredibly special man, who we all will miss very much.
We thought we’d share some photos from the event below. For more, check out The Hollywood Reporter’s piece on Dale’s memorial, and read our interview with Dale about some of his work with Rock Hudson.
Last Thursday, Actors Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt and Director of Social Services Tina Hookom were guests on Samm Brown’s For The Record, KPFK 90.7 FM’s weekly radio show that delves into various behind-the-scenes entertainment industry issues. Keith and Tina’s one-hour live chat with Samm included a discussion of the Actors Fund’s fascinating history, what makes our work possible, a bit on who we help and how we help them, the realities of working in the entertainment industry, and an overview of The Fund’s programs and services. They took some interesting listener calls throughout the broadcast, too.
If you’d like to check out the archived show, go to http://archive.kpfk.org/index.php?shokey=fortherecord, scroll to the April 5th program, and click the “play” link to download and listen in your music player.