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Backstage banter

Stars dish at Geffen for a good cause

The danger of working with animals was an ongoing theme at the Backstage at the Geffen annual fund-raiser March 22.

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 a snake — when, early in her career, a producer wanted to know if she was a virgin.

Alan Cumming and violinist 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.

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