Saturday, October 24, 2009

CARLA LAEMMLE Celebrates her Centennial & Honor Gala

Story By Esteban “Steven” Escobar, Diversity News Staff
Photos By Alex Palomares, Diversity News Photographer
CARLA LAEMMLE celebrates her 100th Birthday & honor gala with friends, peers and family members. Carla was honored and recognized of her work on October 20, 2009 at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA.

More then 500 people attended the event. Carla received honors and birthday wishes from very reputable politicians, friends and celebrities. Some of the wishes came from former first ladies and President Bush. CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles mayor; Antonio Villaraigosa including others acknowledge her with great honor and recognition for the contribution to our society. Carla was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution.

“It was an honor to host a party for Carla Laemmle. She's one of the last living silent film stars, and that's amazing. But what's more, her family sacrificed so much to save Jewish refugees during World War II. She's led an extraordinary life. And she knows how to party, even at 100.” Said Carla's friend & event host Tom Tangen.

He continue “Carla was moved during the video presentation. The video featured clips of her various films including"Dracula" with Bela Lugosi and"The Phantom of the Opera" with Lon Chaney. The crowd cheered, the mayor and governor sent commendations for her. She was thrilled.”

At the end Carla thank every one who were present and who send her wishes. Then later she walked to the reception area with Tom Tangem.

“There were 500 in attendance, which is a compliment for any star. But especially for a woman who has lived 100 years in Hollywood, and has as broad and diverse a resume as any diva in Tinsel town.” Mr. Tangen concluded.
The event was hosted at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA and sponsored by Famous Monsters Of Filmland, Universal Studios & American Cimematheque At The Egyptian.

Per Elusive Entertainment CARLA LAEMMLE was “One of the oldest living silent film stars, and the first ever to speak in a talking horror picture, Dracula (1931), Carla Laemmle returns to her original Phantom of the Opera stage at Universal Studios-- the studio that her uncle Carl Laemmle founded. Carla spent her childhood on the Universal lot and was the prima ballerina in the 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney.”

She was recently celebrated with a lifetime achievement award at the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Carla is a follower of Buddhist philosophies, and a survivor of the McCarthy Black List era. Carla Laemmle sheds light on Hollywood, then and now.

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EDITOR NOTE: Esteban “Steven” Escobar of Diversity News wants to officially thanks again Tom Tangen for the VIP invitation. It was an unforgettable event. Also thanks to Kristen Snyder, Managing Editor of Famous Monster of Filmland for the help and recognition to me and Diversity News. Last but not least to CARLA LAEMMLE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.” When I went to thank Tom for the VIP invitation, I wished her Happy Birthday and she was so sweet. Sources: Tom Tangen, Elusive Entertainment Productions and special thanks to The Famous Monsters of Filmland (video footage), Robert Aragon (video footage) , The American Cinemateque ,The Egyptian Theatre, Mike Donaghue ,Inge Jaklin, Bela Lugosi Jr., Universal Studios and The Southern California Motion Picture Council.

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