Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Charities: Padma Lakshmi’s Genitals Discussed; Betty White Purrs


Two good charity events recently came and went, and I’ve been remiss in not mentioning them. The Endometriosis Foundation is turning into a big deal, what with “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi leading the way. A recent new mother, Lakshmi told a very scientific crowd at the New York Public Library that it took her a long time to conceive and carry a child because of this ailment. She got pretty specific on the podium before a little self-editing.

“I’m not going to discuss my genitalia here,” she said sweetly, but it was too late. Susan Sarandon also spoke, and we got to meet Oprah’s “Dr. Oz,” violinist Joshua Bell, and some models. During dinner, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff discussed world events, and talk to Bridget Moynihan and director Joel Schumacher

…Meanwhile, in LA, Betty White–she’s 89, everyone loves her–hosted the Humane Society’s 25th annual Genesis Awards. Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City” was honored with the Wyler Award for bringing the plight of elephants’ poached ivory tusks to the world. James Cromwell, who loved animals in “Babe,” singer Leona Lewis, and Valerie Bertinelli–who co-stars with Betty in “Hot in Cleveland” on TV Land–were there for support. Ryan O’Neal was there, too. I don’t know why. Betty White, I’m told, was in and out quickly. Betty, the password is, speak to the reporters. Still, her work with animals is quite admirable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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