“I’ll try to keep this brief because, really, this my idea of hell,” Diane Keaton, wearing her trademark tinted spectacles and a brown felt hat, told the celeb-studded crowd by Ed Limato‘s pool Friday night in BevHills.
Keaton overcame her fear of public speaking to talk about the need to save L.A.’s storied Ambassador Hotel from demolition. Thesp spoke passionately about the hotel, once the stomping grounds of Errol Flynn and Rudolph Valentino and home of Cocoanut Grove, during the L.A. Conservancy fundraiser.
Fellow event chair Curtis Hanson then reminisced about shooting key scenes for “L.A. Confidential” at the hotel, which gained notoriety when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated there.
Among those who gathered around the pool for the cause were Steve Martin, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Penny Marshall, Winona Ryder and Page Hamilton, Phillip Noyce, “Buffalo Soldiers” director Gregor Jordan, former gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffingon, ICM chairman Jeff Berg, Ellen DeGeneres Jim Gianopulos and Ashok Amritraj.