Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Monica Lewinsky Makes Surprise Appearance at Pre-Emmy Party, She’s Pals with “Good Wife” Actor Alan Cumming

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Monica Lewinsky– you know her from the 1998 TV drama “I Didn’t Have Sex with That Woman” starring Bill Clinton as president of the United States.

Monica, looking trim and acting sassy, made a surprise appearance last night at the Creative Coalition’s Television Industry Advocacy Awards. She presented an award to “Good Wife” actor Alan Cumming, who — it turns out– is her great friend. Why was she there? Even she asked that question when she took the microphone. But she handled herself with aplomb.

The Advocacy Awards were like a little oasis of intelligence in the middle of an ocean of ridiculousness. Not all the attendees were Mensa members, however. Sitting on a couch and listening to the proceedings, I joked to the very short skirted, high heeled young woman next to me that all anyone was talking about was LGBT. “No one mentions the BLT community,” I lamented. She looked up from her phone, where she’d been studying pictures of herself, and said, “What? I don’t understand.”

Luckily, just about everyone else was on point. All the winners spoke from the heart and extemporaneously. Alfre Woodard, Christina Hendricks, Constance Zimmer, Beth Behrs from “2 Broke Girls,” Neal Baer, Laverne Cox, and Jeffrey Tambor among them. Creative Coalition chief Robin Bronk put on a solid and inspiring presentation.

I was most impressed by Eva Longoria. Did you know she was awarded a Master’s Degree from Cal State Northridge in Chicano studies? She did it while she was in “Desperate Housewives” and got the degree — a real one, not honorary– in 2013.

I also really enjoyed meeting Lana Parilla, the bad witch from ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” She’s a real beauty, and couldn’t be nicer.

Also in the audience: Cinedigm’s Chris McGurk and wife Jamie, producer Cassian Elwes, and famed legendary songwriter Mike Stoller (of Leibera and… fame).

Nicely done– and refreshing to hear actors talking in a non partisan way about giving back on civic projects. Just hearing Alfre Woodard talking about her work in education and the arts makes you want to sign up right away!

Roger Friedman
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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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