EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: I want to TALK about a blessing of longevity. As life continues to weave, venerable friends keep crisscrossing in unexpected and purposeful venues. Reunions galore at the Location Managers Guild’s first Awards Event. Pals from the past and new friends for the future at The Big Brothers Big Sisters Spring Luncheon. There is something so cheery about this and it puts me in a Peter Allen frame of mind, “Don’t throw the past away. You might need it some rainy day….”
THE OLD AND THE BOUNTIFUL
The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless Emmy Award winning dramas have defied time and remain CBS stalwarts for near 25 years. Lee Phillip Bell, their lovely and remarkable Co-Creator, received the Innovator Award at The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angles’ Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. The talented casts of Lee’s revered Daytime Dramas came to show their pride. My pride of the day was Mary Willard. She is the BBBSG’s President, and brings her intelligence, energy, wit, (her husband!) and a gaggle of supportive friends to continue the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The need to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better is constant. I wish I had a “Big Sister” when I was a child.
Soap Stars Doug Davidson and John McCook (my funniest friend from Summer Stock in days of yore), presented Lee’s Honor. The eternal beauty Jess Walton (Y&R’s Jill Abbott) was giddy with the news that she and Tristan Rogers were named 2014’s sexiest couple alive! The Excellence in Mentoring honoree Sandra Stern, COO of Television for Lionsgate, finds the time to mentor Melissa, a mutually beneficial experience. Guild participants Sarah Purcell and Pam Dawber helped raise funds via fashion and dedication. It was good to be mixing with Rachelle Begley, Bernie Shine, Georgia Engel, Morgan Fairchild and Tolucans Alice Maltin, Joanne Worley and Ann Lopez. My seatmates were the eminent Sharon Harroun Peirce and Marla Garlin of Sherman Oaks, a potential new dynamo for Actors and Others for Animals.
Fred Willard presented The Sterling Award to the heartening philanthropist, Brindell Roberts Gottlieb, whose sage comment was, “Be brief, be sincere and be seated!” Taking her cue, Thank you Big Brothers Big Sisters.
THE LOCATION MANAGERS HONORS SCOTT DEWEES
One of my greatest delights of this year was Presenting Scott Dewees, “due to his history of consistent excellence and for his eclectic body of work representing the highest level of professionalism over the course of his illustrious career,” with the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the LMGA. My association with Scott goes back to the ‘70s when he was a diligent and indispensible volunteer for the Actors and Others for Animals Fairs. He was a good kid then … and he’s a good man now. And he chose carefully where he gave his time … to causes that would make a big difference for the future. And that is why Scott put his energy towards the founding of the Location Managers Guild of America.
Game of Thrones won Outstanding Location TV Program and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty took Outstanding Location Feature Film. Alexander Payne, Haskell Wexler and Sheri Davis received special Honors. Billy Crystal, presenting to Mr. Wexler (such a giant), brought his endearing humor and brought the house down. The LGMA is an organization of experienced career professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries. They promote awareness of the goals and achievements of its members, and are dedicated to the establishment of professional standards of personal conduct and business ethics.
Speaking of Location, TARZAN is playing at the El Portal! This musical’s Jungle is manifested in their intimate theatre with zest and integrity by a dedicated cast. As Peter Allen said, “Dreams can come true again, when everything old is new again.”