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Artist to Be Honored at Orchid Ball

April 12, 1987|MARY LOU LOPER | Times Staff Writer

Pascal, the renowned artist-sculptor (Jimmy's devotees pass her sculpture en route to their tables), has been named Distinguished Honoree for this year's National Arts Assn. Orchid Ball. According to Marilyn Rudley and Alice Moore, she's the only sculptor in the world known to work in glass with hammer and chisel.

The group's 17th ball is May 8 at the Beverly Wilshire Grand Ballroom. Ball chairman Mrs. William Hollingsworth has arranged for Henry Mancini to conduct a 35-piece orchestra. And, again, the Malouf sisters--Marian and Florence, founders of the group--will cut cymbidiums from their greenhouses for centerpieces.

The association supports aspiring students in the fine and performing arts at Southern California schools.

BREATHE EASILY: Film director John Huston ("Prizzi's Honor," "The Maltese Falcon") will be saluted for his "unselfish efforts" to support American Lung Assn. of Los Angeles County programs in emphysema at a dinner-dance April 22 at the Beverly Hilton.

Huston will receive the National Humanitarian Award, president Thomas W. Wheat said. Tickets at $300 will entitle black-tie guests to a dinner program featuring clips of Huston's career spanning 40 films. The host committee is laden with Hollywood friends: the Steve Allens, Steve Broidy, John Foreman, Gary Lieberthal, Rich Little, A. Jerrold Perenchio, Ray Start, Thomas W. Wheat and Robert Wise.

Dancing to the Ross Jutsum Ensemble follows.

GOLDEN: Following on the entertainment heels of Gene Kelly, Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra, Pia Zadora will entertain at the upcoming Golden Key Foundation benefit for the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center May 1 in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire.

Party chairman Teresa Gross and Kathy Stolkin say Zadora will return from her national tour to be accompanied by Vincent Falcone's 38-piece orchestra. They're calling the black-tie affair "The Carrousel Gala." Aiding are president Ronnie Kassan, Cheryl Adler, Insook Bretzfield, Ruth March, Tedde Rifkin, Barbara Schneider, Lois Rosen, Marilyn Gersten, Betty Deutsch, Candice Gould, Stella Stambler and Marilyn Wolf.

ADVENTURE: Mary-Robin Redd, bored with the mundane, jazzed life up for her friends a few days ago. Carla Kirkeby, Nancy Ellison and Lucy McBain were just a few who received handwritten scripts for a luncheon adventure.

Guests were ordered to arrive, not at the Bistro, but at 536 East 8th St., which turned out to be Gorky's Russian Cafeteria, smack dab in the flower district. French champagne was served on the corner of 8th and Julian streets to silk-suited pals--Marcia Hobbs Wilson, Cynthia Maduro Ryan, Phyllis Grafton Riddell, Lyn Vandegrift. Everyone got a free lunch ticket for the cafeteria-style lunch.

Meanwhile Pearl Burnett, recently on the "David Letterman Show," performed her paper-tearing act while singing soprano. Then, restaurateur Fred Powers bid the crowd goodby as J. P. O'Conner, Geraldine Gleason, and Donna Wolff picked up their table treasures--dehydrated worms, foaming sugar cubes, itching and sneezing powders, smoke bombs, wobbly pencils. They donned masks and boarded a double-decker, open-air bus that whisked them across town for a surprise ride aboard Wonder Bread's bus--shaped like a giant loaf of Wonder Bread--that brought them safe but windblown to the front door of the Museum of Neon Art for dessert.

Adrianna Shaw, Lynn Childs, Marjorie Walker, Susan Warner and Victoria Billings sipped and nibbled on jasmine tea and carrot cupcakes, while Joan Spreckles, Sharon Compton and Debby Richards viewed the art. Then it was back on the bus to the flower district, with Narcissa Cox Vanderlip and Lisa Bell leading an excursion through Moskatel's for Patte Barham Boyne, Rossana Norton, Tiffany's Roberta Herbisen, Millicent Braverman, Marjorie Walker and a bunch more. Miss Redd had noticed April Fools' Day coming up on her calendar, and couldn't resist some fun.

REVVED UP: Group Effort VIII simply proves that four organizations--the Arthritis Foundation, Diabetes Unit for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Loyola Marymount University and the Leukemia Society of America--get along. Their wheels are spinning again for their "Andy 500" gala dinner auction May 2 at the Beverly Wilshire.

Honorary chairman Andy Granatelli will be at the wheel as he and Bob Abell auction off the 42-foot cabin cruiser that once belonged to Bing Crosby, plus trips to Egypt, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and a lot more.

Roaring their engines, too, will be co-hosts and celebrity chairmen Ken Minyard and Bob Arthur of KABC radio.

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