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The Hollywood ladies honored at the annual Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Tuesday night were in a reflective mood, recalling the days when their names weren’t in lights on the marquee. “I’m just a girl from Queens,” said Zoe Saldana, who accepted the MaxMara Face of the Future award alongside fellow honorees Courteney Cox, Eva Marie Saint, director Lisa Cholodenko, cinematographer Cynthia Pusheck and Universal Studios chief Donna Langley. “Everyone here seemed like royalty when I was growing up.”

“I’m also from Queens,” said Saint to the crowd gathered at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. “But back when I took the subway to Manhattan, it only cost a nickel.”

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Emily Blunt, who introduced fellow Brit Langley, did her best to come up with a similarly humble story.”We’re actually not from England. We just thought the accent would get us far. I’m really from Michigan,” she said to much laughter.

That afternoon, Max Mara, gallerist Karyn Lovegrove and Katherine Ross cohosted a lunch at Lovegrove’s home to benefit the L.A. County Museum of Art. And the night before, up-and-coming starlets Kate Mara, Juno Temple, Brie Larson, Bryce Dallas Howard and Rose Byrne attended the dinner Max Mara threw at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

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