Saturday, April 13, 2024

“Spider Man” Producer Laura Ziskin Gets Two More Honors


Not everyone in Hollywood is falling on sidewalks, drunk, in the middle of the night. A lot of charity work is being done by stars:

Before the week ends and the holiday begins, I wanted to note two more tributes to our pal, Laura Ziskin, besides her own memorial service. Laura was honored at a recent Women in Film Lucy + Crystal Awards in Beverly Hills, along with Annette Bening, Katie Holmes and (posthumously) Elizabeth Taylor. In a clip that was shown, Laura– who loved movies–said “Who wouldn’t want to be in the movie business?  Why would you want to do anything else?”

Meanwhile, Naomi Wilding, Liz Taylor’s granddaughter, told our Leah Sydney: “I feel sad that I’m here instead of my grandmother.  I’m only doing this because she’s not here to receive it herself.  As always, I have always been extremely proud of her humanitarian work, therefore I’m extremely proud to stand in for her.  It’s not been that long so it’s difficult.  Yet as I do it from the fullness of my heart. Because I loved her, I love everything she did and I believe in her with every inch of myself.”

Ziskin was also honored at the Prevention 2nd Annual Honors-for her work on behalf of Stand Up 2 Cancer. Also honored was Nancy Davis, who’s worked tirelessly raising money for MS research; she herself has been afflicted with the disease for several years. Bravo Nancy. But it’s no surprise: Nancy’s mom is the elegant and intrepid Barbara Davis, who produces the sensational Carousel of Hope in Los Angeles.

Meantime, Kristin Chenoweth, who recently co-hosted “Regis and Kelly,” told Leah she has a new album coming out on September 13th called “Some Lessons Learned” that’s a collaboration with Diane Warren.  She’s also coming back to Broadway for a revival of “On The Twentieth Century.”  Kristin laughed: “If Broadway will have me back, I’m coming back!”

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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