A FEW DAYS IN THE VALLEY
A-list Angelenos were triple booked over the past week, dashing all over town from movie premiere to gala benefit.
Hollywood heavies turned out for the Los Angeles premiere of “Sling Blade,” by new kid-on-the-Hollywood-block Billy Bob Thornton.
“I started writing it after a low point in my life,” said Thornton. The movie is a drama about a retarded man, played by Thornton, who is released from a mental hospital after 25 years.
“He’s the hottest thing in Hollywood right now,” said Kelly Lynch.
Elsewhere, Hollywood brass turned out to honor Joe Roth, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, at the 33rd annual Humanitarian Award dinner given by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
“He’s an incredible guy to work with,” said Michael Ovitz, his former agent and current Disney colleague, who shared the room with Michael Eisner, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jamie Tarses.
Later in the week, at the Will Rogers State Park, Escada Sport brought Hollywood out to play at a country fair — complete with carousel and horse show — to benefit Victory Over Violence, a domestic abuse charity.
Michelle Pfeiffer, official hostess of the benefit fair, told organizers she wouldn’t wear Escada Sport because she didn’t want to be identified with a logo.
“I’m so unput-together,” she said, stopping to pick lint off herself. “I’m all over the place. And I’ve got schmutz on me already.”
A few days later in Texas, Lynn Wyatt was playing hostess at her own benefit.
“Get in there and start bidding it up,” Wyatt said, as she greeted guests at the Houston Country Club for an auction to benefit the Star of Hope, a local charity for the homeless.
The crowd obliged.
“I’m here to buy whatever Lynn tells me to buy,” said Houston Ballet director Ben Stevenson.
By the end of the evening, guests had purchased gingerbread houses, wreaths and a pricy collection of Christmas trees, some bedecked with cowboy boots, antlers, jalapeno lights, barbed wire and miniature haystacks.
“It’s Texas, honey,” one local explained to her out-of-town guest.