HOLLYWOOD — “What a night,” Army Archerd enthused as he and wife Selma basked in the celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary Friday night at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was a declaration repeated, albeit in a somewhat different tone, by comedian Don Rickles, as his roasting treatment of the Archerds was but one of many musical and comedic tributes from longtime friends from across the entertainment world.
The evening was equal parts variety show and tribute, recognizing Army Archerd’s 45-plus years as Hollywood’s chief chronicler, and Selma Archerd’s key role in his work.
Richard Rosenblum, Selma Archerd’s son, began the night with a very personal tribute.
Others who helped salute the Archerds were comedian Milton Berle, singers Tony Martin, Gene Barry, Rosemary Stack, Nancy (Reed) Kanter and Joe Sinay, songwriter Ray Livingston, who offered two songs he wrote or rewrote for the Archerds, and Mike Stoller, who offered a medley of his biggest hits, and musician Corky Hale and Rudy Varon.
Also there to celebrate the couple’s pearl anniversary (that’s for 30th!) were Anne and Kirk Douglas, Marvin and Barbara Davis, Gil Cates, the Larry Gelbarts, the Bernie Brillsteins, Sidney Sheldon, Gary Smith, Walter C. Miller, the Walter Mirisches, the Ernest Chamberses, the Tom Sheraks, and Warren Cowan.