Unforgettable Evening With Bruno Mars
“Good times are about to begin,” said Chelsea Handler, taking the stage as host of “An Unforgettable Evening,” benefiting the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. (Handler was right, so check the photo gallery below to see more pictures from those good times.)
Handler, star of her talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” began by congratulating all those guests who don’t know her, as that means, she said, they don’t watch the “E!” channel or care about keeping up with the Kardashians. (She phrased her words somewhat differently – Chelsea-Handler-style – but that’s basically what she said.)
Clearly, however, she was no stranger to the audience. Nor was the night’s blockbuster headliner, Bruno Mars, who delivered a 20-minute set. His words were so familiar, in fact, that the crowd sang along to his final number, “Just the Way You Are,” which he dedicated, he said, “to all the beautiful, strong women in his audience.”
Foremost among those women were Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw, the powerhouse honorary co-chairs, who serve the cause each year along with their husbands, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, not present for the evening. (Hanks is currently starring in “Lucky Guy” on Broadway.)
“We don’t want to say that we don’t miss Tom and Steven being here,” said Wilson, “but we just have to say we’re proud to have ‘sisters doing it for themselves.’”
That sisterhood also included the night’s honorees: Kylie Minogue, recipient of the Courage Award and iconic fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who took home the Nat King Cole Award.
As if that weren’t enough star power, the May 2 affair also attracted Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant, shown here in the LA Times accessorizing with crutches, thanks to a torn Achilles. Also on scene were Angie Harmon of “Rizzoli and Isles,” Julianne Hough of “Rock of Ages,” Lisa Kudrow of “Friends,” model Amber Valetta, Kelly Lynch and Katherine Castro of “Silent Cry.”
Presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel by Saks Fifth Avenue, more beautiful, strong women were the charity’s co-founders Anne Douglas, Kelly Chapman Meyer, Jamie Tisch, Quinn Ezralow and Marion Laurie. More notable guests were Kirk Douglas, Ron Meyer, Steve Tisch, Monique Lhuillier, Crystal Lourd, Joel Silver, Vanessa Getty, Gelila Puck, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger and Saks Fifth Avenue chair Steve Sadove.
Anyone wondering about the performance by Bruno Mars, described (accurately, in my humble opinion,) as “sexy, sexy, sexy” by Handler, he sang five songs: “Runaway Baby,” “Money,” “Billionaire,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Just the Way You Are.”
Top photo: An Unforgettable Evening with Bruno Mars benefited EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Second photo: Honorees Kylie Minogue, left, and Carolina Herrera at An Unforgettable Evening with Bruno Mars – both women wore Carolina Herrera, of course (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Third photo: The “beautiful, strong women” behind An Unforgettable Evening with Bruno Mars, from left: Rita Wilson, Kelly Meyer, Jamie Tisch, Quinn Ezralow, Anne Douglas, Marion Laurie and Kate Capshaw (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
Fourth photo: Host Chelsea Handler, in Carolina Herrera, at An Unforgettable Evening with Bruno Mars (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
An Unforgettable Evening With Bruno Mars
Published May 3, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA