A Tea Party with the PSJMC Guild, and Other Delightful Happenings

photo by Margie Barron

Enjoying Cabaret at The Castle, Debby Boone, Mary Crosby and Kathryn Crosby

It was a delightful afternoon to enjoy a tea party in Toluca Lake with a group of very capable and charitable women. The members of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Guild gathered at the Lakeside Golf Club for the installation of their officers. There was also recognition from Sister Rose Byrne and Dr. Raul Mena for their many accomplishments.

Sister Rose Byrne thanked the ladies for carrying on the mission of the Sisters of Providence, saying, “We are richly blessed.” Indeed, the guild met its pledge of $1 million for the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank headed by Dr. Raul Mena. “You give of yourselves, and without you the medical center would not have achieved greatness in our community,” he praised and talked about how far cancer treatment has come in the past 30 years. Then Dr. Mena was made an honorary member of the Guild, as his wife Barbara beamed proudly.

Kathleen Marsden assumed the duties of president of the PSJMC Guild for a second term, and presided over the outgoing and incoming officers and board members who work tirelessly on their fundraisers, including the popular spring fashion show and card parties. Dozens of amazing women were on hand, including the 96-year-old dynamo Grace Patz, Teresa Campbell, Donna Mahoney, and the “Mad Hatter” at the tea party was the lovely Julie McArdle, who wore a stunning bonnet.

“My Life with Bing” with Kathryn Crosby

Now let me tell you what’s happening with another wonderful lady, Kathryn Crosby, the charming actress-singer and wife of the late Bing Crosby. I chatted with her recently at The Magic Castle, when she was there with her daughter Mary and friend Debby Boone. They were enjoying a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical showcase, and Kathryn told me, “I’ll be here doing my own show soon, the show I did at Feinstein’s in New York last year.” “It was great,” Mary chimed in enthusiastically.

It’s called “My Life with Bing,” which is the next Cabaret at the Castle presentation, June 28 and 29th at the Magic Castle’s Inner Circle, open to non-members. Kathryn does a tribute to her late husband through songs, stories, and a multi-media presentation. Film clips and home movies will follow the lives of Kathryn and Bing, starting with their Las Vegas wedding (in 1957). There’s even footage of Bing and Bob Hope on the golf course. A celebration of holiday music, which includes Bing’s famous “White Christmas,” is part of Kathryn’s show.

Kathryn was a part of Bing’s Christmas specials, she’s also the author of two books, and hosts the annual Crosby Golf Tournament. On piano with Kathryn will be Edward Sayegh, who, in addition to orchestral appearances, has consulted on numerous film and TV productions, plus the BBC’s Bing Crosby, Singer of the Century special.

Marilyn Monroe Exhibition

A smart blonde bombshell, Loni Anderson hosted the opening of the largest exhibition of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia at the Hollywood Museum. It was a birthday celebration too (Marilyn would have been 84 that day), and Loni arrived wearing a gown originally purchased for the Joe DiMaggio honeymoon. Marilyn also wore it when she entertained the troops during her famous visit to Korea, and Loni posed next to a picture which showed that she filled out the dress equally as well. More glamorous dresses, jewelry, photographs and artwork are part of hundreds of items showcased for the “Marilyn Remembered: An Intimate Look at the Legend” exhibit continuing through the end of August. The Hollywood Museum is the home of true Hollywood treasures on display in the historic Max Factor Building at Hollywood and Highland.

On hand was comic-actress Judy Tenuta, who explained that she admires Marilyn because “She was funny and sexy, yet showed vulnerability and innocence. All the men loved her because she was a goddess.” I had to laugh at Judy’s “goddess” reference, because that’s the essence of her stand-up comedy act, which I saw at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal CityWalk. Tenuta goes wild with her “Aphrodite of the Accordion, Love Goddess” persona, which had the crowd roaring with laughter. It was absolutely delightful.

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