Home Celebrity Friday Pre-Emmy Parties: Raquel Welch, Lily Tomlin Steal the Night

Lily Tomlin and 85 inch TV had the VIPS Entranced!

The first stop was the 65th Emmy Awards Reception at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.  The party had a low-key vibe, with books, tchotchkes and antique bookshelves.  Emmy nominees flocked there to get their certificates and schmooze with each other, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville was chatting with Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, a very pregnant Homeland’s Morena Baccarin talking with Veep’s Anna Chlumsky, that’s how the night played out. Nominees hanging with each other.

The mood was relaxed, so much so that Episode’s Matt Leblanc and his pals were lounging in the corner watching the enormous Samsung 85 inch ultra HD TV, that had all the VIP’s entranced throughout the night.  The other big hit was none other than Lily Tomlin, who co-hosted the night along with Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum. Lily literally had celebrities and VIPS come up to her and ask for a picture, which she happily obliged.  She quipped to the crowd: “Wow, what an exciting wholesome night, and look at the talent on this stage, I’m so awed…and such great hair!”

Matt LeBlanc provided the comic relief as he leaped on stage and gave Bruce a bear hug and lifted him up.  Some other nominees being feted were:  Julie Bowen, Alfre Woodard, Scott Bakula, Elizabeth Moss, Michelle Dockery, Anna Gunn, Cat Deeley, Kit Harrington, Imelda Staunton, John Benjamin Hickey, Sarah Paulson, Connie Britton, Mayim Bialik, Linda Cardellini, Toby Jones and more.

Raquel Welch Turned a Lot of Heads!

Next stop was the hip Entertainment Weekly Party at Fig & Olive.  This party is always a sure bet, filled with celebs.  The lovely Kristen Chenowith, Ashlee Simpson, the talented actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet, Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch and Kunal Nayyar, Dexter’s Aussie hit Yvonne Strahovski, the way funny Veep’s Matt Walsh, 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander, Mad Men’s Jessica Pare, Newsroom’s Rosemarie DeWitt and Marcia Gay Harden, Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn, Lisa Edelstein, Jennifer Morrison, Padma Lakshmi, Joe Morton, Mad Men’s Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Fashionista Lawrence Zarian, The Following’s Natalie Zea,  True Blood’s Sam Trammel and more.  EW’s Editor Jess Cagle held court over this energetic event.

The hit of this party, once again was a legend, the gorgeous, seemingly ageless Raquel Welch.  She came in with Nigel Lythgoe and chatted in a corner while guests came over to greet her. She was ever gracious and lovely.  She didn’t stay long, but boy, everyone who was there was transfixed!

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