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No London fog at this Brit party

BAFTA/LA civilized at fund-raising soiree

HOLLYWOOD — They went to a garden party — by night. The British Academy of Film & Television/Los Angeles threw its 15th annual fete Aug. 29, a party Vivian Mayer said “has become one of the memorable L.A. summer events,” at the Hancock Park home of the British Consul General, Paul Dimond and his wife, Caroline.

BAFTA/LA exec director Donald Haber extolled the popularity of the event, whose main purpose is to raise funds for the nonprofit and to allow “the members to come and catch up and have fun.”

BAFTA/LA has about 775 voting members, and 300 more nonvoting “friends,” he said.

Mickey Dolenz, who spent 15 years living in London and directing British TV shows, said the English are so popular in the U.S. because “Americans crave civilization — it’s only 200 years old! They have gas stations older than that in England.”

Gary Dartnall, chairman of the board of BAFTA/LA, said one target for the coin raised by a silent auction and raffle was an archive project, “featuring interviews with British film personalities” such as Ronald Neame.

Among those enjoying the warm summer night were Ken Annakin, Diane Baker, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Birch, Peri Gilpin, Guy Greene, Curtis Harrington, Jerome Hellman, Udo Kier, Hilary Mackendrick, Steven Weber and Michael York.

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