Celebration of Dance – Burbank Film Festival – John Wayne Cancer Auxiliary Luncheon

Co-Founders, Dizzy Feet – Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman

Dizzy Feet Foundation, founded by Nigel Lythgoe (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance) & Director Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages) presented their sixth Annual Celebration of Dance. Derek & Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) received the Inspiration Award;


Julianne and Derek Hough

& Dancing Legend, Mitzi Gaynor, who received her Award from Paula Abdul. Adorable Mitzi who sang & danced her way thru countless movie musicals including Les Girls, There’s no Business like Show Business, &, of course, her star performance as Nurse Nellie in South Pacific. The 85-year-old actress, who also is President of the Professional Dancer’s Society, has a recent accident & was in a wheelchair, but her personality & effervescence was still intact.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Dancer Fabrice Calmels and honoree Mitzi Gayor and guest presenter attend the 6th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala Presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation)

Mitzi Gaynor with dancer Fabrice Colmels and guest presenter at Dizzy Feet

Sir Matthew Bourne received the Gene Kelly Legacy Award from Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly. Patricia, noted as a writer & producer, is Trustee of Gene’s’ estate & has presented “An Evening with Mrs. Gene Kelly” throughout the world.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Writer Patricia Ward Kelly attends the 6th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala Presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation)

Patricia Ward Kelly at Dizzy Feet

Performers that evening included Maddie Ziegler,Travis Wall and American Ballet Theater’s Marcelo Gomes & Aaron Scott. All proceeds benefitted the Dizzy Feet Foundation, whose mission is to support dance education programs to children in low-income areas.

The recently departed Producer Garry Marshall and his family were honored at the eighth Annual Burbank International Film Festival. A special Award was created in his honor, which will be presented every year. Kate French was lauded as Best Actress for Last Man Club (which also was honored as best drama feature,) and Marcos Taylor was named Best Actor for his role in Paying Mr. McGetty.


Columnist Marci Weiner with Garry Marshall and Placido Domingo

I could not resist this photo taken a few years ago with Garry Marshall and Placido Domingo, who I saw last night at the Gala Opening of the Los Angeles Opera.

Still overwhelmed by his performance in Macbeth. But more on that in my Hollywood Beat column next week

Meanwhile keep Oct 19th open for the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire. This years’ honorees are Sheri Roseblum & Jason Jeraids, who are both hard working members of the organization. The 33-year-old Auxiliary, created in the “Dukes”name, is supported by his dedicated family, and has raised over $19 million dollars to defeat this dread disease.  For ticket info –please contact Amanda Flores at 562.221.8772

Hollywood Marci
Marci Weiner is Hollywood's highly regarded Society Editor. Her columns have appeared in numerous print and online publications: Celeb Staff, Celeb Life, Entertainment Today, Westside Today, Century City News, Splash Magazines, MovieWeb, Club & Sports Society and West Coast Lifestyle Magazine.

She has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and appeared on many television shows: Joan Rivers, Soap Talk, Up All Night and Nick Edenetti's Late Night Show. Marci also hosted her own television show, Beverly Hills Beat.

She is frequently invited to cover noteworthy charitable events in Los Angeles; The John Wayne Foundation, SHARE, Concern Foundation and Professional Dancer's Society. Marci also attends special events such as the LA Opera and Norby Walter's Oscar Evening, Night of 100 Stars, always providing her readers with the experience of actually being there.

Her avid readers frequently remark that Marci offers intelligence and a unique insight into the lifestyles of Hollywood's celebrities and socialites. Her unparalleled interviewing style has established Hollywood Marci as The Confidant to the Stars.

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