HOLLYWOOD—On Sunday, October 2, The Omni Youth Music & Actor Awards proudly presented their most prestigious awards to actress/comedienne Rose Marie with 2011 Omni Youth Lifetime Career Achievement award and actress/activist Tippi Hedren with the 2011 Omni Youth Humanitarian/Career Achievement award. The Omni Youth Music & Actor Awards honored both women for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry, as performers and consummate role models to youth. Sadly, Mr. Louis Gossett, Jr., who had been schedule as presenter for the tributes, was unable to attend at the last minute, so the more than 300 children in attendance served in that capacity.
Rose Marie Guy, successfully conquering Vaudeville, Radio, Screen, Television, Cabaret, Vegas and the Broadway Stage, one of entertainment’s longest and most fascinating careers began at the age of 3, was billed as Baby Rose Marie. She starred in several of the earliest talking films, beginning with a 1929 short, “Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder,” which was screened in theaters before feature films such as “The Jazz Singer.” In 1946, when Las Vegas opened its first big-time casino hotel, The Flamingo, Rose Marie was hired by Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal as one of the headliners, along with Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat.
She had a brief Broadway career in “Top Banana” with Phil Silvers and in 1960, she accepted her first regular role on “My Sister Eileen.” The next year, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” premiered and Rose Marie became a household name. After five seasons, she moved to “The Doris Day Show.” She is the only original member of the hit game show “Hollywood Squares” to have worked on all of its reincarnations and its hosts. She toured extensively with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting in “4 Girls 4” and has released her best selling memoirs “Hold The Roses.” Rose Marie recently and proudly welcomed fans to her new website at www.missrosemarie.com.
Tippi Hedren, from drama and terror to comedy, the career of actress Tippi Hedren has been meteoric, and eclectic. She is the only actress to have worked under the direction of both Hitchcock and Chaplin. Having never been out of work since she made her film debut in “The Birds,” Tippi continues to work frequently in motion pictures, theatre, and episodic television. Her contributions to cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards world-wide and she was honored as a “Woman of Vision” by Women of Film and Video in Washington, D.C., receiving the Presidential Medal for her work.
In 2000, Tippi was honored as Best Actress in a Comedy Short in the film “Mulligans!” at the Method Fest, Independent Film Festival, and in 2002, Tippi won Best Actress for the short film “Tea With Grandma” from the New York International Independent Film Festival. In 2009 and 2010, audiences and critics alike responded positively to her roles on “4400” as Lily Moor Tyler, on Fashion House as Doris Thompson or on “CSI” as Karen Rosenthal, for which she received Emmy consideration.
Tippi is founder and President of The Roar Foundation and resides at Shambala a refuge for abused and unwanted exotic cats. Ms. Hedren has not only had an extremely active acting career, but one as a political lobbyist as well. Her latest Bill is being presented to Congress (“Federal Ban on the Domestic Breeding of Exotic Felines Act”), to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit breeding of exotic big cat species, and for other purposes. Like many other sanctuaries across the country, Ms Hedren's Shambala www.Shambala.org among those that are currently overflowing with abandoned and abused exotic felines.
Items from both Ms. Marie and Ms. Hedren’s illustrious careers were inducted into the Smithsonian as Legendary Ladies of Stage & Screen in 2009. The ceremony took place at The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools at701 South Catalina, in Los Angeles, the historic landmark of the Ambassador Hotel.
RFK Community Schools is comprised of six autonomous Pilot Schools located at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel. The school was built to relieve underperforming and overcrowded schools located in the historically underserved neighborhoods of Pico-Union and Koreatown. Students will be offered a rigorous and personalized instructional program that will embody the social justice legacy of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968.
RFK Community Schools is a 24-acre, Kinder through 12th grade campus. The schools will serve 4,000 students during the 2011-12 school year. Some of the unique features of the campus include the world famous Cocoanut Grove Theater, Paul Schrade Library, state-of-the-art gymnasium, and several public art installations including two murals by Judith Baca.
Schools include the Ambassador School of Global Education, Ambassador School of Global Leadership, NOW Academy, UCLA-CS, School for the Visual Arts and Humanities and Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
All Photographs are courtesy: Bill Dow Photography
1.) Honorees, Tippi Hedren and Rose Marie, 2.) Rose Marie receives the Lifetime Career Achievement Award, 3.) Tippi Hedren receives the Humanitarian/Career Achievement Award, 4.) Tippi Hedren with two of Mr. Louis Gossett, Jr.’s young stand-bys
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