Thursday, May 23, 2024

Obama-Sarah Jessica Parker Fundraiser: Not So Star Studded


Unless celebrities were invisible or shipped in from the roof through a chimney, the Obama fundraiser at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house last night was not so star-studded. From every report filed, the main star who attended was Meryl Streep. Unless, she’s suddenly changed her entire past practice of political donorship, it’s unlikely that Streep donated $40,000 to anything. Aretha Franklin stopped in for a few minutes, and then headed off to the Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner uptown. That left a few fashion people, and a sighting of Olivia Wilde, an up and coming actress who’s given some money to Democratic causes but nothing in that ballpark.

The real star money giver of the night was probably Vogue editor Anna Wintour. She reportedly orchestrated the whole dinner at the Parker-Broderick home. She’s also given heavily to the Democrats and Obama. She’s written the check for $30,000 to the DNC in the recent past. She also is a regular donor to her congressman in the Hamptons, Rep. Tim Bishop.

But the 50 people who attended last night’s much hyped dinner? It will be interesting to see one day who they were. They were not celebrities or actors, and probably not people Sarah Jessica Parker had ever met before last night. The effort did not pull in magic hordes of Hollywood heavyweights. And I’ll bet Matthew Broderick was just as happy not to be there–and to be safely playing a billionaire playboy on Broadway in “Nice Work if You Can Get It.” Fantasy is so much better than reality, anyway.

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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