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During the National Italian American Foundation Lifetime achievement Awards Oct.21 at the D.C. Hilton Washington & Towers Anne Bancroft — her real name is Anne Marie Louise Italiano — will be inducted posthumously into the NIAF Italian American Hall of Fame.

Husband Mel Brooks will accept the award on her behalf and Alan Alda will make the presentation.

Frankie Valli will receive the org’s Lifetime Achievement Awards as he enjoys another career thanks to “Jersey Boys.”

On Dec.5, at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, 50 new honorees will be added to the list of “She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio.” They include: Carol Burnett, Roseanne Barr, Jane Pauley, Betty White and Dr. Joyce Brothers.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Nintendo dedicate the 5,000th Fun Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Thursday, April 12. It is Starlight Starbright’s 5000th Fun Center. The centers are designed to combat the anxiety faced by hospitalized children.

Jamie Lee knows about the Starlight Starbright Fun Centers — when her five year-old son was hospitalized with a ruptured spleen, the Fun Center helped ease his pain and pass the time.

Reese Witherspoon and Patti LaBelle added their artistic talents to the Munchkin’s Project Pink Awareness campaign. Their decorated pink bath ducks go on eBay’s October auction site for Breast Cancer awareness and proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“We Care About Kids” benefits from the auction of twelve 3×4 foot George Hurrell signed/numbered super-star photos. They will be auctioned Oct.25 at Bonham’s & Butterfields. The photos include Hedy Lamarr, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Johnny Weismuller, Jane Russell and Tyrone Power. Proceeds go to the making of the org’s eighth short, “In The Room,” an animated short film about child abuse.

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