Sharon Stone flaunted her fun femme fatale persona at this year’s Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon for Lupus LA, for the enjoyment of all the “ladies who lunch for a good cause.”
When Stone was introduced on stage in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom, she noted that her intro music “had a kind of strange stripper quality to it, like the kind from Magic Mike.” She was referring to the movie about sexy male dancers, and reported that she had watched it “to find the artistic, cinematic value in it.” Letting out a wicked laugh, Stone admitted to watching Channing Tatum’s gyrating dance number “several times, just to make sure it was good. And it was!” The sophisticated ladies at the event roared with delight.
The stunning Basic Instinct star attended with her mother Dorothy and sister Kelly, who has Lupus. That is why Sharon has embraced the cause to help raise funds for research. She has attended many of the Lupus LA events over the years, and this was the 10th annual luncheon featuring a silent auction of handbags donated by celebrities and top designers such as Fendi, Prada, Gucci, and Versace.
Among the celebrities on hand who donated bags and participated in the spirited bidding to win the coveted purses were Kellie Martin, Charlotte Ross, Shari Belefonte, Angie Everhart, Danica McKellar, Meredith Monroe, Essence Atkins, LisaRaye McCoy, Marla Gibbs, Brittny Gastineau, and the ultra-funny Lisa Ann Walter. Mary Lou Krewson and I caught up with Shirley Jones, who was there supporting the cause. Shirley shared news that a book about her life is coming out next year “and it’s more interesting than anyone could imagine.”
The 10th anniversary of the Lupus LA Bag Ladies Luncheon, hosted by Adam Selkowitz chairman of Lupus LA, celebrated the honorees from the past ten years including Toni Braxton, Carrie Brillstein, Melissa Joan Hart, Rachel Zoe, Christine Devine, Carolyn Folks, Janice Arouh, Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Carol Weisman, Julia Vanhees-Aidner, LaDoris McClaney, and Marla and Nicole Paxson. Most were on hand to take another bow, along with the doctor who has done so much in the field of the autoimmune disease, Daniel Wallace, M.D., who singer Toni Braxton (who battles Lupus) called her “life saver.”
A highlight of the event was the live auction conducted by Sharon Stone, who displayed her formidable powers of persuasion, getting big bucks for one-of-a-kind items and experiences. The climax of the afternoon was the exquisite fashion show presenting the Kevan Hall Collection, featuring sensuous cocktail dresses and classic flowing gowns that wowed the audience of well-heeled ladies. Among Kevan Hall’s celebrated clientele are First Lady Michelle Obama, Celine Dion, Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, and, of course, the sensational Sharon Stone.
DWTS’ Tom Bergeron to Be Honored by PPB
The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters will bestow a well-deserved honor on the much-loved Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron, on Friday, Nov. 30. Carl Reiner, Mitzi Gaynor, America’s Funniest Home Videos producer Vin DiBona and DWTS’ producer Conrad Green, among others, will be part of the fabulous dais for the luncheon at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, reported PPB board chairwoman Jeanne DeVivier Brown. And radio’s golden-voice Chuck Southcott will be inducted into the PPB’s Diamond Circle.
The PPB organization is making a push for new members. So if you have worked in broadcasting or an allied field for 20 years or more (not necessarily continuously), the current PPB president Chuck Street invites you to join, and to find out about attending the Tom Bergeron luncheon, call (323) 461-2121. Street said, “We have no agenda except to have fun and good fellowship.” It’s a great group.