What better way to start off the holiday season than in a magical mood with the royal & amazing actress, humanitarian Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
No one, but no one, can bring out the stars and get the Writers Guild of America to lay down their pickets signs at Paramount Pictures like Dame Elizabeth Taylor. After a 23 year hiatus from the stage, the Dame graced the footlights in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” with the extraordinary voice and legend, Mr. James Earl Jones.
This historical event held on World AIDS Day, was a one-night only special benefit performance to raise $1 million for the Elizabeth Taylor HIV / AIDS Foundation. And benefit The Elizabeth Taylor Endowment fund at The UCLA HIV/AIDS Center.
For this evening, Dame Elizabeth and Mr. Jones were supported by some famous friends in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Including; First Lady of California Maria Shriver, Swoosie Kurtz, Holland Taylor, Cher, Sir Elton John, Ken Davitian, Mimi Rogers, Anita Pointer, Joan Van Ark & John Marshall, Mary McDonnell, Marilu Henner, Sam & Mary Haskell, Ross Rayburn, Alfonso Riberio, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and my dear friend, mentor and event sponsor, Kathy Ireland, who is so close to Dame Elizabeth, Kathy calls Dame Elizabeth, “The Joan of Arc of AIDS”.
We mourn the loss of legendary actress, businesswoman, and fearless activist Elizabeth Taylor. If you want to honor the memory of Elizabeth, you may do so by making a contribution in her name to the foundation, please click below.
The Theme of the night was RED, LOVE and COMFORT
It was a fantastic evening; let’s take a look of how it all came together.
THE SET UP
World AIDS Day Dec. 1st
Love Letters Event
Assorted Sushi and California Rolls
Mini Beef Empanadas with Golden Raisins and Pine nuts
Corn and Shrimp Cakes with Salsa Creole
Prociutto and Goat Cheese Lollipop
Vegetable Springs Roll with Herb Hoisin Sauce
Mini Burgers with aged Cheddar Cheese on a Sesame Brioche
Mini All- Beef Franks in Pastry with Tangy Dijon Sauce
Southern Baked Chicken Tenders with Honey BBQ Sauce
Cornbread Chili Bites with Sour Cream and Tomato Confit
Mac & Cheese Ramekins
Heirloom Tomatoes Basil and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Chocolate covered Strawberries
Assorted Mini Cupcakes
passed wines & waters
coffee and tes
Special thanks to the team at Paramount Pictures Special Events, Jose Manuel Morales-JMM Decor / John Pohle – Hollywood Picture Framing /Becky Stellpflue- Imagic / Betsy Landis-V2 Vodka / Marks Garden / Mark –American Sign Inc.