American Cinema honors Arista CEO

Arista Records chief executive Clive Davis was presented with the Gloria Swanson Humanitarian Award at the 10th annual American Cinema Awards Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

More than 300 celebs representing several generations of film, television, music, stage and athletics attended the Night of the Stars event.

American Cinema Awards Foundation, founded by David Gest, singer Michael Jackson and actor Joel McCrea, raises funds for charitable enterprises including the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement community and the Actors Fund of America Home in Englewood, N.J., and backs college scholarships.

Scholarships were announced in the names of Jackson, Davis, Jane Greer, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Roddy McDowall, Anthony Perkins and Jill St. John and Robert Wagner.

The Joel McCrea Merit of Achievement Award was given to the foundation’s top 10 contributors and supporters of the decade: Greer; Leigh; Leo Jaffe (chairman emeritus, Columbia Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment); Roger Mayer (Turner Entertainment prez); Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants; plastic surgeon Steven Hoefflin; John and Donna Crean of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.; Frank and Nina Field of Nina Field Inc.; sports agent Dennis Gilbert; and Robert and Rosemary Westmeyer of Rex Hodges Development & Financial Services Corp.

Entertainment featured perfs by Shirley Bassey, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Deniece Williams, a duet by jazz singer Joe Williams and Freda Payne, Vic Damone, the Four Tops, Tony Bennett, Tyne Daly, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston.

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