A Salute to the Academy Awards
The Sacramento Aids Foundation.
This benefit party was one of only 35
officially sanctioned Academy Award Parties in the U.S.
Shirley Jones, Margaret O'Brien, Ester Williams,
Randal Malone, Anita Page and Rose Marie
were the six honored celebrity guests for this black-tie affair.
The Doubletree Inn
In beautiful Sacramento, California
The smaller party began in Salon 1
at 3 PM on March 25th, 2001
This gathering was for the celebrities and the people from the
Sacramento Aids Foundation, as well as the folks
who donated a great deal to the cause.
The celebrity guests were
as they made their entrance into the small meeting hall.
It was located just below the Main Ballroom where the Academy Awards
were later broadcast live, via satellite, from the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.
Margaret O'Brien speaking to one of the gentlemen
serving wine and greeting guests.
Lovely silent film star Anita Page and of course that is Rose Marie best known for her
wonderful work on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 60's.
This photo is of Anita Page
from one of her silent film roles.
is Randall Malone from MTV.
Another photo of Margaret O'Brien.
There was low lighting in the room and I always try to avoid using a flash.
It's more pleasant for the subject and I feel it's less intrusive.
Plus, the folks at all of the venues where I've traveled with Shirley
appreciate it a great deal also.
That's Shirley arriving at the Producer's Party about 3:30 in the afternoon.
& Here is the favorite photo I took
of Shirley just after she was announced and entered the conference room.
She was still wearing her casual clothes that she had worn on the short flight
from Los Angeles to Sacramento. About a half an hour later she managed to
break away and head up to her hotel suite to change into her formal attire.
The big event began at 5 PM up in the Grand Ballroom.
A Portrait Painting of
was on display throughout the hallways. Each painting was auctioned and the
money raised donated to the Sacramento Aids Foundation for their important research.
Shirley's painting sold for $400.00
The white lights on the glass are from the chandeliers above.
This was the best shot I could capture.
This happy gentleman is Mike Lemon.
He was in charge of the whole show, directing and getting everything organized.
Actress and famed swimmer Ester Williams accepting a very a special gift
during a break in the Oscar Awards broadcast.
What this man is holding is the actual original porthole from the swimming pool
on the MGM lot. The studio where Miss William's filmed most of her movies.
NEWS 10 -Sacramento.
This is the news team that covered the Oscar Bash for their local news.
About the time that Bob Dylan was singing his song live from L.A.
TV 10's News Team was down at the front
table doing some interviews with the celebrity guests.
It aired that evening on their local station so there was
no way to alert anyone to set up a VCR.
The entire Oscar program was sent live from Los Angeles
direct to our two huge screens on either side of the main podium.
Mike Myers' s on the screen hamming it up early in the
awards broadcast down at the Shrine.
This photo is very dark but you can just
make out the large white screens to either side. They were setting up the gold
banners upstairs, while the smaller party took place in the California Room below.
There's Shirley watching intently as the nominees
for best costume design were being read. She was very pleased that
Janty won for "Gladiator".
In fact this was indeed Shirley's favorite movie and the one that she voted for
to win Best Picture this year. As an Academy Award
winning actress herself, Shirley always gets to vote.
(I was hoping Chocolat would at least win one award.....oh well. It was a long shot)
I did not take my usual large slew of photos at this event.
There was simply too much going on all the time.
This is one of the best shots of Shirley seated at the head table of celebrity guests.
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