Variety Power of Women Luncheon

Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez and Universal’s Donna Langley Honored for their Philanthropy

Maria Menounos and Entrepreneur Jessica Matthews Receive Special Awards



The event: Hollywood insiders assembled at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel Oct. 10 to pay tribute to stars Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez along with Universal Pictures Chair Donna Langley at Variety’s Power of Women awards, staged in partnership with Lifetime Television.

Chosen for Lifetime Impact awards for their dedication to philanthropic causes, the honorees support the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (Fonda), the Malala Fund (Witherspoon), Hunger Is (Davis), the Lopez Family Foundation (Lopez) and Vital Voices (Langley).


In addition, TV personality Maria Menounos received a Charitable Sole award (sponsored by a shoe company, thus the name) and entrepreneur Jessica Matthews received an Inspiration to Action award. 

The program: Ike Barinholtz of “The Mindy Project” kicked off the ceremonies, at which Eva Longoria, Bryce Dallas Howard, Maria Bello, Ryan Seacrest, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and others took turns at the podium to deliver introductions.


To read the rest of my story in the Los Angeles Times “All the Rage” section, click here; to see the LA Times photo gallery, click here; and scroll down for yet more pictures. 


Top photo: Honorees Jennifer Lopez, left, and Reese Witherspoon at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon (photo,

Second photo: Honoree Viola Davis at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon (photo,

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Third photo: California Attorney General Kamala Harris, left, with honoree Donna Langley at the 2014 Variety Power of Women Luncheon (photo, Jonathan Leibson/ Getty Images for Variety) 

Fourth photo: Honoree Jane Fonda, center with Variety’s editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, left, and publisher Michelle Sobrino at the 2014 Variety Power of Women Luncheon, presented by Lifetime  (photo, Jason Merritt/ Getty Images for Variety)



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Variety Power of Women Luncheon

Published Oct. 14, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA