Before she could present
Longevity Center's Icon Award,
had to pause midway in her recitation of Fonda's lofty achievements — actress, fitness guru, author and activist for environmental, human rights, health, women's empowerment issues and more. "You're busy like crazy," Lopez said. "I thought I was busy."
No doubt. Lopez herself had just been introduced as an "actor, producer, recording artist, entrepreneur, fashion designer, wife, mother and humanitarian," as well as
's "most beautiful woman in the world." And that honor, said emcee
, merely "confirmed what any man with a pulse already knew."
On ascending the podium at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the June 4 event, Fonda talked of the "rectangularization" of aging, replacing the notion that "you're born, you peak at midlife and then you decline" with a long healthy life. She then ticked off reasons life improves with age, among them, "You know where the tiger is hiding; you don't have to keep looking for it in the bush."
Awards also went to philanthropist and entrepreneur James Collins and the Jules Stein Eye Institute's founding director, Dr. Bradley Straatsma. Also in attendance were Dr. Gene
, dean of the
; center director Dr. Gary Small; and actors
and Josh Sussman of "Glee." Louise Horvitz and Timothy Noonan co-chaired the event, which raised funds for the center's mission to enhance and extend productive and healthy lives. Kimberly Locke and the UCLA Gospel Choir performed.
Befriending foster kids
Two days earlier at the Beverly Hilton, Wallis Annenberg accepted the Nancy M. Daly Founder's Award at the Brass Ring Gala and announced a $500,000 pledge to the United Friends of the Children.
Combined with an additional $240,000 from an auction offering, among other items, tickets to both
and the final "
" movie premiere,
's gala ended up taking in $2 million to help foster youth transition into successful adult lives.
Kimberly Marteau Emerson and Ande Rosenblum co-chaired the dinner, which also honored Phil Kent, chief executive of the
. Other guests included Jeff Bewkes, Steve Mosko, Joyce and Kent Kresa,
, Gayle and Ed Roski, Eva and Marc Stern,
of "Men of a Certain Age" and
of "CSI: NY."