Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Red Carpet Chat With Barbara Eden - Event

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Red Carpet Chat with Barbara Eden - Event

Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

Red Carpet Chat with 2018 YWCA Legacy Film and Television Award Recipient Barbara Eden

Barbara Eden on the YMCA Gala Red Carpet

Actress/Singer Barbara Eden has been a mainstay in films, on television and stage as well as the recording studio for five decades. She remains a working actress to this day with no signs of letting up. Eden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a best selling book of her memoir titled “Jeannie Out Of The Bottle” with multiple awards and accolades too numerous to name.

      Some actors are either cursed or blessed with “that” role which for better or worse sticks with them for a lifetime and they will always be best know for it. In Eden’s case it is her role as the Jeannie out of the bottle in the mega-hit NBC-TV sit-com “I Dream Of Jeanie.” Her combination of beauty, sexiness, charm, seduction, wit and genuine humor made the show a smash hit that has lasted and  spawned over five generations of fans. 

       Young men who were only born within the last twenty years, oogle at how fine Ms. Eden was in her day.
Barbara Eden as Jeannie (NBC-TV photo)
Ms. Eden was gracious enough to stop and chat on the red carpet at the YWCA 125 Year Celebration and Awards Gala in Hollywood. It was a dream come true for this interviewer as I was a big fan of the show. I asked if her sexy outfit that she wore as the Jeannie out of the bottle was considered cutting edge for its time (the late 60’s)? She smiles and says, “I don’t know. I don’t think so. It was your everyday harem outfit you know? What is the difference with today’s television compared to television from a few years back? Eden explains, “They have a lot more latitude now. They go further with their
stories. They’re more adult, I guess you call it which is fine.” 

       Eden goes back to the days when actors were contracted to the studios as opposed to now where actors basically contract with producers who deal with the studios. Was the old System better? She takes a second to ponder and explains, “I don’t know. It was good for me. I was with 20th Century Fox for about seven years and I learned. They would loan me to MGM, Universal or other film studios.” Eden still looks great, so I asked what her secret was. Her replay; “Thank you, I’m glad you think so. I work out.”

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2918 YWCA Awards Gala - Event

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2018 YMCA Awards Gala - Event

Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

The YWCA Celebrates 125 Years

With A Grand Gala

     It was a balmy twilight evening in Hollywood as guests
 arrived at the Loews Hotel for the YWCA Awards Gala celebrating 125 years of operation and service to communities all across America.

      Of course, a fabulous Hollywood Gala would not be memorable without a red carpet entry for celebs, honorees and VIP’s to strut their stuff before a lightning storm of bright flashing camera strobes with photographers yelling out names for people to pose their way. Video camera crews and interviews as well were jockeying for position to get a piece of the action.

L-R Dolores Juerta, Rita Moreno, Mitch O'Farrell & Barbara Eden

L-R Fernanda Fisher, Rita Moreno and Faye Washington

Harpist Mariea Antoinette

     The pre-dinner festivities included a wine and cocktail social mixer with the live music performance of Billboard charted and Grammy nominated classical, jazz funk Harpist Mariea Antoinette

       Upon the messenger’s chiming of the dinner bells, the crowd then proceeded to the ballroom for the start of the ceremonies.

Ballroom with Jumbo Tron Screen


Elegantly Decorate Dinner Ballroom Loews Hotel Hollywood

Guest assembling into the dinner ballroom

     The invocation was delivered by Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr, followed by a welcome from Pat Prescott, Host of the Wave’s Morning Show and Pat Harvey, Anchor for CBS-TV 2 News. Special recognition was given to Alva P. Adams, YWCA Greater Los Angeles, Board Chairwoman and the 2018 Event Co-Chair and Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember 13th District and 2018 Event Co-Chair.

Attorney Connie L. Rice

    The first three awards were then given out which included The Legacy Award, given to attorney Constance “Connie” L. Rice, presented by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

COO PBS Jamie Myers

     The second award was The Legacy Media Award given to Chief Operating Officer PBS Social, Jamie Myers, presented by EWDD General Manager Jan Perry.


LA World Airports CEO Deborah Flint


The third was The Corporate Visionary Champion Award given to Deborah Flint, presented by Autumn Burke, California State Assemblywoman.


Cynthia Heard, Vice President of Business Development and Communications along with Sharon Shelton, Vice President of Programs YWCA Greater Los Angeles presented a video showing titled YWCA Mission.

Standup Comic Auctioneer Amy Ashton
     Standup Comic and Auctioneer Amy Ashton kept the crowd in stiches while raising some serious money from bidders during the auction portion of the ceremonies.

R&B Latino Band DW3

     Finally, a scrumptious dinner was served which included a salad of bibb lettuce, radicchio, arugula with gorgonzola, dried cranberries, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, and champagne vinaigrette. Dinner included duo braised beef short rib in rosemary-port wine sauce with pan-seared sea bass in a lemon-thyme with wine sauce. They were accompanied with shingle of seasonal grilled and roasted vegetables, fresh honeyed carrot puree with dinner rolls and whipped butter. Red and white wine was poured throughout the meal. For desert, sweet temptations brazilia adorned with YWCA logo was served along with after dinner, freshly brewed Seattle’s Best coffee, decaffeinated coffee and Tea Forte Herbal Tea. If this didn’t make your mouth water, your taste buds need recharging. While everyone was stuffing their faces, the Billboard charted, r&b Latino band DW3 took to the stage to perform. After dinner, the last three awards were given out which included:

 Immigrant-Civil Rights Leader Dolores Juerta

    The Angel Award to recipient Dolores Juerta, presented by Councilwoman Nury Martinez and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. 


Singer/Actress Barbara Eden

    The Legacy Film and Television Award went to actress/singer Barbara Eden, presented by City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

EGOT status winner Rita Moreno
     The Soromundi Award went to Oscar, Toni, Emmy and Grammy winner Rita Moreno, presented by her daughter Fernanda Fisher

     Closing remarks were made by YWCA Greater Los Angeles President and CEO Faye Washington who tends to be a little long winded when people are anxious to leave and go home after a long night. It was another jubilant night to remember. 

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