80th birthday bash

The MPTF's Stark Villa complex one of many dedications

The Motion Picture and Television Fund celebrated its 80th anniversary Saturday in Woodland Hills, California, with celebrities like Michael Douglas and his father, Kirk on hand to fete the venerable institution.

The celebration included the dedication of the Fran and Ray Stark Villa complex.

The MPTF is an industry-specific service organization that provides a wide variety of care for its members in the entertainment industry. Services include child care, wellness care, referrals and counseling, temporary emergency financial assistance, retirement care and more.

Originally called the Motion Picture Relief Fund (MPRF), the group was founded in 1921 to assist members of the entertainment community who fell upon hard times. The first president was Joseph M. Schenck, with Mary Pickford as vice president and the Reverend Neal Dodd (who portrayed ministers in more than 300 films) as administrator.

Through the years the organization grew, as did fund-raising campaigns. In 1941, the Motion Picture & Television Hospital was dedicated.

The Fran and Ray Stark Villa complex offers 92 residents a state-of-the-art assisted living facility.

Among those celebrating the anni were Variety columnist Army Archerd, Warren Beatty, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Meyer, Haley Joel Osment, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, Elizabeth Taylor, Motion Picture Assn. of America prexy-CEO Jack Valenti, Lew Wasserman.

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