I had the privilege of attending the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai 60th Anniversary “Diamond Jubilee” Gala honoring Lyn and Norman Lear May 3 at the Beverly Hilton. Held in the Beverly Hills Ballroom(home of the Golden Globe Awards), the Lears received the Hollywood Icon Award, established to honor professional accomplishments along with great heart and humanity in the entertainment industry.
Women’s Guild President Gina Furth called Norman Lear, “One of the most influential and groundbreaking sitcom creators in TV history who has provided thousands of opportunities to people in the industry for decades.” Actor/producer Pierce Brosnan presented the award. Four-time Emmy winner Lear, 95, who produced All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude, together with his wife Lyn, accepted the honor in front of over 500 guests.
Pre-dinner walk-in music was provided by swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who also performed a few more of their hits in the middle of the show. Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame brought his signature charm and wit as host for the evening, and kept the pace going so there was never a dull moment. The event also included a live auction and raffle to benefit the Women’s Guild Center for Advanced Clinical Skills. The highlight for me, though, was a special musical performance by Sergio Mendes to close out the evening. Sergio and his band still “have it!”
It was a lovely, elegant night of great food and wonderful entertainment befitting of what Brosnan referred to as, “A true Hollywood legend.”