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H’wood dons Golden Boots

Bruce Dern, Whitey Hughes among honorees

HOLLYWOOD — Hollywood revisited its “hay days” Saturday with the 20th anni of the Golden Boot Awards at the BevHilton. Young Hollywood paid a heartfelt tribute to its predecessors at the awards, opening with Bridget Fonda presenting the Boot to her father Peter Fonda, who in turn offered warm reminiscences of his father Henry Fonda for his vital role in Westerns.

Laura Dern was on hand to offer the statue to her dad, Bruce Dern, affectionately introduced as “the man who shot John Wayne.” Legendary stunt performer Whitey Hughes received his honor from former boss Robert Conrad, who tagged Hughes the “toughest son-of-a-bitch that ever walked the face of the Earth.

Dana Delaney handed out honors to the collective “sweethearts of the West:” Marsha Hunt, Donna Martell, Marion Shilling, Ruth Terry and Gloria Winters. Quote of the evening came from 91-year-old Winters, who said after receiving her award: “Who says it doesn’t pay to hang around a while?”

SAG prexy Melissa Gilbert and hubby Bruce Boxlietner read letters from those unable to attend, including Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Walter Hill and Nancy Reagan. MPTF committee members Jim and Beverly Rogers presented the fund with a $100,000 donation in honor of helmer Burt Kennedy.

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