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Posted by on Jan 3, 2009

Stars and Film Lovers Alike Flock to Palm Springs

Stars and Film Lovers Alike Flock to Palm Springs

They were all there at the 20th Palm Springs Festival–Dustin Hoffman, James Cronwell, Leonardo Di Caprio, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Donald Sutherland–Hollywood’s best and brightest stars, all striding down the Red Carpet.

The Festival was founded by Sonny Bono as a way to promote tourism in the area. Today, it’s bigger than big, drawing the media, filmgoers and film makers from all over the country.

Ron Howard, nominated for Best Director for his film “Frost/Nixon”, is a perennial favorite with the crowd. He’s friendly and ever so easy to talk to. Ron was joking that as his dimples get fatter, his hair gets thinner. (He’s such an attractive guy, why doesn’t he just shave his head? It’s a look that works for a lot of very sexy men)

He mentioned that at just 12 years old, he knew he was going to direct films. Wonder if he shared his dream with Sheriff Andy and Aunt Bee?

Dustin Hoffman presented the Chairman’s Award to Clint Eastwood who was friendly, chatty and open to having his picture taken.

The fun didn’t end on the Red Carpet. After the awards, everyone went to the “after party” at the Parker Hotel, hosted by OUTSTANDING designer and Art trader, Patrick Mundt. Jackie Lee Houston helped make everything possible with her generous The fun didn’t end on the Red Carpet. After the awards, everyone went to the “after party” at the Parker Hotel, hosted by OUTSTANDING designer and Art trader, Patrick Mundt. Jackie Lee Houston helped make everything possible with her generous financial support. Festival Board Chair Harold Matzner should feel very very proud.

This was a super-charged evening. But it did beg a question–other than Frieda Pinto, Mary Hart and Dakota Fanning, WHERE WERE ALL THE GIRLS?????

Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more…

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