Organizers of the annual NIGHT OF 100 STARS Oscar gala like to brag about the amount of star power at the Beverly Hills Hotel each year — and for good reason.
“Well over 100 Academy members are going to be in the room on Sunday,” spokesperson and media coordinator Edward Lozzi confirms. “Many of them are former winners and nominees. Some even bring their Oscar statues.”
Just about anything can (and usually does) happen at agent Norby Walters’ black tie viewing party, which gives fans a chance to rub elbows with nearly two hundred bold faced names — for $1000 a head.
Sometimes disorderly CELEBRITY APPRENTICE alum Gary Busey has been bounced from the Crystal Ballroom more than once.
“He didn’t come last year because he got mad when Norby publicly warned that if he misbehaves again, he is going to be thrown out,” a source tells me.
This year Busey’s name appears on a list of expected celebrity guests that also includes Bryan Cranston, Cloris Leachman, Ryan O’Neal, Garry Marshall and Courtney Stodden.
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“[In 1990], Marlon Brando showed up with Pauley Shore,” Lozzi remembers.
“One year we had all the Baldwins. We always seem to have at least one Baldwin in the room.”
“Then another year, I looked over and see Anna Nicole Smith with Gary Coleman. He was sitting at her table — because every table has stars at it — and she just picked him up and put him on her lap like a marionette doll.!”
The very first NIGHT OF 100 STARS was held in 1989 at the Mondrian Hotel.
The party moved to The Roxbury nightclub the following year, then to the legendary Chasens restaurant in 1991.
“We took over the whole place and that was a blast,” Lozzi remembers. “That was the year when Red Buttons and Richard Lewis got into a screaming match. They were fighting over one of the nominations. I remember Trini Lopez running for his life to get to the door!
After a brief stint at the now defunct Century Club, the event found a permanent home in Beverly Hills in the late 1990s.
Many of the celebrity attendees also participate in Walters’ weekly invitation-only poker games.
“It’s the most famous poker game in Hollywood,” Lozzi says. “Sharon Stone, Diane Lane, Joe Bologna, George Segal… He casts the game like a movie.
“It is only for celebrities. It is not high stakes at all. I think it is like $1 chips. Its not about that. Most of them are all millionaires. So it is not about them having a gambling problem. They just like to play cards.”
This year’s NIGHT OF 100 STARS is executive produced by billionaire clothing designer and manufacturer Peter Nygard.
The event is completely sold out.
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