The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment

The event: The Hollywood Reporter hosted its 23rd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on Dec. 10, the day the magazine named the industry’s top 100 female power players. The event featured a touching and humorous tribute to the late Joan Rivers as well as accolades for producer/director Shonda Rhimes, recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award.

The crowd: A Hollywood A-list of industry executives filled the audience, which also included faces familiar to the public such as Lea Michele, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Geena Davis, Nikki Reed, Patricia Arquette, Portia de Rossi, Giuliana Rancic, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Maria Menounos, Darby Stanchfield, Marcia Gay Harden, Sharon Stone, Constance Zimmer, Kate Walsh, Emily Ratajkowski, Dan Bucatinsky and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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Click here to read my entire story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. To see more pictures, scroll down the page to the photo gallery below.

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As a side note, Sherry Lansing introduced Angelina Jolie, no. 9 on the magazine’s power list. After a quick, “Hi ladies,” the “Unbroken” director wasted no time announcing winners of scholarships, given in conjunction with the magazine’s mentorship program with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 The magazine reported $640,000 raised for scholarships for inner city girls in Los Angeles, including two fully-funded four-year educations at Loyola Marymount, valued at $220,000 each, one of them sponsored by the university; the other by William Morris Endeavor.

The winners could hardly contain their tears as they took the podium with their mentors to accept their awards.

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The Hollywood Reporter’s annual breakfast is a superb, upbeat celebration of women that attracts quite literally the most powerful women behind the scenes in Hollywood, many of them participants in the mentoring program. Their rankings are published in an issue released that very morning and aside from most of the top-ranked women, there, too, are A-list celebrities, reality stars and more than a few VIP men.

During the reception, Tony Goldwyn – America’s president on “Scandal” – talked of his enjoyment of the role. “I have all the fun, none of the pressure,” he said.

Also in a casual moment, Sarah Silverman said of Joan Rivers. “Even though we’re very different, she’s a role model,” adding, “I miss her very much.”

 

Top photo: Shonda Rhimes accepts the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast (photo, Invision for The Hollywood Reporter)

Second photo: Melissa Rivers and Sarah Silverman delivered tributes to Joan Rivers at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast (photo, Invision for The Hollywood Reporter)

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Third photo: Michele Obama praised Shonda Rhimes for the TV producer’s groundbreaking work via video at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com)

Fourth photo: Angelina Jolie announced winners to full-ride four-year Loyola University scholarships, given through the Hollywood Reporter’s mentoring program, at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast (photo, Invision for The Hollywood Reporter)

Fifth photo: This website’s author, Ellen Olivier, with Tony Goldwyn of “Scandal” at The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast (photo, SocietyNewsLA.com)
 

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The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Women in Entertainment

Published Dec. 23, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA