Scribe tribe lib card

WGA building new bridges

HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild Foundation wiped away the dust Saturday– inside what used to be a musty bank branch office at the WGA West headquarters — and unveiled a new library, thanks to $2 million in contributions from prominent writers.

Audrey Wilder, widow of Billy, got the ball rolling with a $500,000 offering, and said, “Billy would have been pissed” had she given that much money to any Hollywood org other than one for writers.

Among the features at the facility — dubbed the Shavelson-Webb Library after Mel Shavelson and library founder James Webb — are reading rooms for Billy Wilder, John Wells and Garry Marshall and a Grant Tinker reading table.

At a reception Thursday, Tinker noted he was particularly struck by having a 35-foot-long table named after him, noting, “This is like a lot of the things you do — it’s really permanent.”

Asked whether he’d spent a lot of time at such tables, Tinker replied: “No, I just flew around keeping track of the writers.”

Asked to provide some comedy at Thursday’s event, Marshall broke up the room by proclaiming “Hello, rich people!”

More Scene

  • Demi MooreComedy Central's Roast of Bruce

    Demi Moore Appears as Surprise Guest at Bruce Willis' Comedy Central Roast

    HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild Foundation wiped away the dust Saturday– inside what used to be a musty bank branch office at the WGA West headquarters — and unveiled a new library, thanks to $2 million in contributions from prominent writers. Audrey Wilder, widow of Billy, got the ball rolling with a $500,000 offering, and […]

  • Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call

    Outfest Filmmakers Get Political, Issue Call to Action on Opening Night

    HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild Foundation wiped away the dust Saturday– inside what used to be a musty bank branch office at the WGA West headquarters — and unveiled a new library, thanks to $2 million in contributions from prominent writers. Audrey Wilder, widow of Billy, got the ball rolling with a $500,000 offering, and […]

  • Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Acquires Veterans Org Got Your 6

    HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild Foundation wiped away the dust Saturday– inside what used to be a musty bank branch office at the WGA West headquarters — and unveiled a new library, thanks to $2 million in contributions from prominent writers. Audrey Wilder, widow of Billy, got the ball rolling with a $500,000 offering, and […]

  • Shirel Kozak, Billy Crystal, Marina Zenovich,

    Billy Crystal, Filmmakers Remember Robin Williams at 'Come Inside My Mind' Premiere

    HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild Foundation wiped away the dust Saturday– inside what used to be a musty bank branch office at the WGA West headquarters — and unveiled a new library, thanks to $2 million in contributions from prominent writers. Audrey Wilder, widow of Billy, got the ball rolling with a $500,000 offering, and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content