Saturday, May 18, 2024

Sharon Stone Snubbed by amFAR, AIDS Group to Honor Julia Roberts


Sharon Stone, who gave so much to amFAR, is snubbed again by the AIDS organization. Instead they’ll throw a bash in Los Angeles next month to honor Julia Roberts.

There’s nothing wrong with Julia Roberts, but as far as I can tell she’s been to exactly one amFAR event ever– two years ago in Los Angeles. She’s never really had anything to do with them otherwise. At one time, Julia’s charity work was very focused on Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang. She’s also been a backer of Bono’s (RED) Campaign. In a press release she’s cited as participating “in the kick-off of the World AIDS Day holiday shopping extravaganza. In 2014, Roberts received the Humanitarian Award from GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, at its annual GLSEN Respect Awards gala. In addition, Roberts is also a passionate fighter for many causes, including healthcare, education, international development, disaster relief, family support, and more.”

Roberts is a big Name, though, and she’ll bring big table sales to the evening. Tom Hanks and James Corden will participate, CAA has thrown its full weight behind the event.

Meanwhile, no mention of Stone, who ran around the world tirelessly raising money for amFAR for years until they didn’t want her anymore. It’s kind of shocking.

And amFAR continues to have sketchy finances as it chases celebrity around the world.

PS The far more grounded Elton John AIDS Foundation holds it annual New York event in November, with Aretha Franklin leading the list of entertainers.

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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