The Southern California Motion Picture Council (SCMPC) proudly presents their annual St. Valentines Ball with Oscar winning actress, Miss Margaret O'Brien as the evening's hostess. The highlight of the gala will be the presentation of the 2012 Golden Halo Award to actress, singer and humanitarian, Ms. Barbara Van Orden.
Carol Channing was so inspired by Ms. Orden's story that she referred to her as “a true Dolly Levi story,” having re-emerge, like Dolly Gallagher Levi, in Jerry Herman's hit "Hello Dolly!" to rejoined the human race after a devastating accident that resulted in 18 surgeries and years of rehabilitation to be welcomed back by audiences and critics alike in her touring cabaret show. Ms. Van Orden was crossing the street, when she was hit by a car that resulted in 12 breaks in her right leg, five breaks in the left, internal bleeding, crushed back, broken ribs, a fractured disc in her neck and a three inch gash in her skull. On Feb 13th, the SCMPC will honor Ms. Van Orden at the Valentine's Day gala for her example and inspiration to others.
BARBARA VAN ORDEN began in the Catskill Mountains at Grossingers Singers Hotel, opening for many of the greats, such as Milton Berle, Don Rickles and Red Buttons, to name a few. She went on to do all of the Playboy Clubs working with talents such as Buddy Hackett, Morey Amsterdam and Soupy Sales. A move to the West Coast was inevitable, and she assumed a recurring role in television's Welcome Back Kotter, shortly adding many TV films and series episodes to her resume. In between films and series, Barbara opened for many Vegas headliners. While in Vegas opening for Shecky Green, Frank Sinatra came to the show. After the show, she was thrilled when he asked her if she would open for him in the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel in New York. In fact, Ms. Van orden is featured heavily in the new book, "The Persian Room Presents," about her performances at the famous NY hot spot and opening for Frank Sinatra. In addition, Ms. Van Orden has the distinction of having been the only woman to headline in every Playboy Club. The SCMPC is a non-profit organization founded in 1936 to promote the best in entertainment. The Council encourages production of family oriented films and television programs promotes civic-minded, educational and cultural programs of exceptional merit and presents awards for the best in movies, television, stage plays and the performing arts. Only the "Best of the Best" in movies and television, stars whose performances deserve special recognition or members of the industry whose outstanding contributions to the field of entertainment, are selected. The Golden Halo is the SCMPC's highest award. A partial list of past acting honorees includes Bette Davis, James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Robert Mitchum, Doris Day, and Charlton Heston.
Presenter / Producer: The Southern California Motion Picture Council (SCMPC)
Theater > Other
Event Phone: 626-794-1968
The Waterfall Ballroom
12833 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City CA 91604
LA - San Fernando Valley
Performance Dates: 2/13/2012
$35 and can be reserved at 626-794-1968
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