It didn’t take long for industryites to regroup post-Oscars and make an impressive show of support Tuesday as Saks Fifth Avenue hosted at the Regent Beverly Wilshire for women’s cancer research.
Honoree Lance Armstrong told the crowd of industryites that “even eight years later, I still have fear that I’ll get sick again. But I’ll do my best to be the most courageous person I can be to help cure this disease.”
Some $1.8 million was raised for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, founded by Kelly Chapman Meyer (wife of Ron Meyer), Anne Douglas (wife of Kirk) and Jamie Tisch (wife of Steve Tisch), among others. Tom Hanks, Jay Leno and Robin Williams emceed.
Williams, no longer muzzled by ABC censors, took the evening’s theme of medical research to offer a jab at the red states: “Talk about cloning. The people in the Deep South are going, ‘We’ve had cloning for years. It’s called cousins.’ “
Coming on the heels of the excesses of Oscar week, more than a few people saw the event as proof that the industry isn’t drowning in self-indulgence.
“I think that Hollywood gets a bad rap,” Steve Tisch said. “People in this industry are among the most generous people in the world.” (At an auction, he bought $5,000 worth of stationery signed by Nobel laureates.)