Last night we got all glammed up and went to the Carousel of Hope Ball, a star-studded event that benefits the cause of curing Juvenile Diabetes. Marvin and Barbara Davis began this charity many decades ago and the indefatigable Barbara has continued it since Marvin’s passing. One year it takes place in L.A. and the following year in Denver, where the Davis’s were from. We sat with Rod Stewart, his wife Penny and other friends. Jay Leno was the very fun host, Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony performed as did Gladys Knight. Jennifer looked fantastic and we waved at each other but I never got a chance to give her a Monster-in-Law-style hug. First Lady Maria Shriver was honored and gave a stunningly beautiful speech. I saw many old friends who I hadn’t seen in ages and wore a dress I hadn’t worn in ages. I bought it 30 years ago in Toronto and wore it the year Alan Alda and I hosted (along with Robin Williams) the Oscars. It was painfully tight but still looks good.
This afternoon, I drove down to Long Beach where Maria Shriver had a huge march to end Alzheimers.
Tomorrow, begins the two-day Women’s Conference, Maria Shriver’s last as first lady. The day is titled “A Day of Health, Wellness and Transformation.” I will do a speech in the evening in what’s called “The Village”, an informal setting where many 1000s of women gather to network and listen to various speakers, buy books and network. During the day I plan on attending the workshops of Sally Field and Elizabeth Lesser and, later, Carol Gilligan and Donna Karan.
I look forward to whatever the First Lady decides to do with her next chapter. She is the most effective, charming, astute, kind, thoughtful woman imaginable and, whatever she does, you can be sure she will make a difference—for all of us