House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lined up for a fund-raiser on Oct. 2 at the home of Roz Wyman called “Last Call to Hold the House!” In other words, it’s a siren to Hollywood Democrats a month before the election.
Tickets for the event start at $300 per person, with those who donate $1,000 or more getting to step into a line for a photo with Pelosi and those who chip in $500 or more receiving a “special Diane von Furstenberg Team Pelosi multi-purpose bag.” Money goes to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Also appearing at the event will be Karen Bass, running for the congressional seat to succeed Diane Watson (C-Calif.), Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, running to unseat Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
Wyman is a legendary figure in Los Angeles politics, and in case you haven’t read it, Los Angeles magazine captured her account, 50 years ago, of setting up a fall fund-raiser for John F. Kennedy at the home of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. Original estimates of just 300 people showing up were far off; more than 1,000 RSVP’d. The event grew so big that Wyman had to convince the couple’s Republican neighbor to use his backyard, which also meant tearing down a brick wall and replacing it the next day. But the biggest feat was convincing Frank Sinatra to sing at 11 in the morning from Leigh and Curtis’ diving board.
Wyman tells Los Angeles mag, “And until the day he died, he always said, “I had never in my life, at 11 o’clock in the morning, sung on a diving board, but that lady”—and if I were in the room, he would point at me—“that lady right there had me do it. That crazy lady.””