Gala full of surprises
HOLLYWOOD — Paramount topper Brad Grey certainly got some satisfaction at the Nov. 20 Los Angeles Free Clinic gala in his honor: Among the industry heavyweights and talent turning up for the manager-turned-studio head at the BevHilton was surprise guest Mick Jagger.
Jagger’s assignment turned out not to be singing, but rather introducing Martin Scorsese, also a surprise, who in turn introduced Grey. (Scorsese is shooting a docu on the Rolling Stones for Par.)
Scorsese talked about the sorry state of health care in the U.S. and the importance of the Free Clinic, which has raised more than 13.5 million for a new family and child facility as part of its 40th anni celebration. Grey has been involved with the clinic for two decades.
Sumner Redstone, who showed up for the cocktail hour and then left, was one of the dinner chairs along with David Geffen, Jerry Perenchio and Tom Freston. While Freston did not make an appearance, Grey still made sure to include his “pal” Freston among his thank-yous to all involved.
Don Rickles and emcee Bob Saget –who has known Grey since they were 22 and 21, respectively — provided the comic relief.
Saget showed a clip of him and Grey on a TV show in Buffalo, from years ago, when Saget was anaged
by Grey and Harvey Weinstein. Turns out Jagger met Grey in Buffalo, too, when Grey was promoting the band.