I want to talk about the Golden Rule, and I need to talk about my mystical friend Marilynn Lovell Matz.
Recently, when filling in a profile, a space?came up request-ing?religion. I typed in “The Golden Rule.” I wasn’t being flip, it just came out. The Golden Rule is an ethical code that states one has a right to just treatment and a responsibility to ensure justice for others. It is also called The Ethic of Reciprocity
My precious friend Marilynn, who has spent a lifetime helping others, is suddenly in jam herself. An incident caused her to need round-the-clock care. This depletes funds. Now comes an opportunity for reciprocity…
A Benefit for Marilynn Lovell Matz
Save The Date: December 11th! A benefit for Marilynn will be presented on Friday, December 11 at 7pm at The Freud Playhouse at UCLA. I talked with Howard Storm, Marilynn’s former husband and devoted pal, and he told me about the show that was being put together to help her through this impossible time. Friends and bright, generous stars Jason Alexander, Tim Conway, Sam Harris, Michelle Lee, Peter Marshall, Jack Sheldon and Bruce Villanch (alphabetical order) are booked, just for starters. Friends and stars urging us to attend are Carol Burnett, Joel Grey, Bette Midler, Doris Roberts and Lily Tomlin.
Marilynn and her husband Peter Matz had written and performed a series of benefit concerts around the country which have raised hundreds of thou-sands of dollars to provide home health care for people with AIDS. For years, from theatrical venues to private living rooms, Marilynn and Peter gave endless time and exquisite entertainment.
In 2002, Peter, the world-renowned musical director, ar-ranger and composer, died. His memorial was a supreme toast to the musician and the man. And the finale was his glorious wife Marilynn singing Peter’s arrange-ment of “A Cockeyed Optimist.” It was an anthem of hope and paying attention. Unforgettable.
Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” An ardent supporter of causes in which she believes, Marilynn Lovell Matz has sung concerts for UNICEF and regularly performed benefit concerts for AIDS Project Los Angeles (including the S.T.A.G.E galas) and Shanti Foun-dation. She has been a spokes-person for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is the recipient of their Champion of the Arts Award (New York) and their Hope for MS Award (L.A.). While all this was going on, Marilynn was a psychology major at UCLA and maintained a career as a psychotherapist.
Revered by cabaret connois-seurs, Marilynn regularly appear-ed at The Cinegrill and Jazz Bakery in L.A., and The Russian Tea Room (with composer Alan Bergman) and The Blue Angel in New York. She has elicited raves from audiences and critics alike in concert at The Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, The Freud Play-house, UCLA and a Salute to Yip Harburg at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Marilynn also served as a Master Teacher at the Cabaret Symposium of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, Connecticut). Plus, traveling with Mary Martin, playing the endear-ing Mrs. Malloy in “Hello Dolly,” more years of theatre on Broad-way, London, summer stock, plus films and TV. Give her a Google and learn all about this superb human being and find out how to obtain her and Peter’s “Say It with Music” album. There is a gold mine out there.
The Golden Rule has its roots in a wide range of philosophies of ancient Jerusalem, India, Greece and China. It’s most common English phrasing is attributed to Jesus of Nazareth in the book of Luke: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
And, not to use clichés, “give and you shall receive” is a very enveloping influence in many lives. It’s now time for Marilyn Lovell Matz to receive. We’ll talk.