You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Backstage at the Geffen

Stars spill stage secrets at fundraiser

The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser.

As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch tale of when, early in her career, a producer wanted to know if she was a virgin.

Alan Cumming and violinist prodigy Sarah Chang provided the musical entertainment. Cumming, recently hired as a regular on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” sang of his favorite barista, Taylor, the latte boy: “Bring me java, bring me joy.”

More than $500,000 was raised for the Geffen’s education and outreach programs. Kristin Chenoweth and Warner Bros. chairman-CEO Barry Meyer were the night’s honorees.

More Film

  • Dubai: Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic Boards

    Dubai: Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic Boards Abu Bakr Shawky's 'Yomeddine' (EXCLUSIVE)

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

  • China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops

    China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops Ahead of ‘Paddington 2’

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

  • IFFAM: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Three Part

    IFFAM: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Martial Arts Three-Parter

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

  • IFFAM: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs

    IFFAM: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

  • ‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at

    ‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

  • Loving Vincent Animation Oscars

    ‘Loving Vincent’ Passes $20 Million at Worldwide Box Office

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

  • I Tonya trailer

    Margot Robbie's 'I, Tonya' Soars in Opening Weekend

    The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at Monday night’s Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser. As is tradition for the event, celebrities told behind-the-scenes tales of stage and screen. Both French Stewart and Beau Bridges spoke of their misfortunes with monkeys and canines, respectively, while Rita Wilson spilled a casting couch […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content