REAL TO REEL – Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBT’s in Hollywood – June 6, 2019 – Hollywood Museum, Hollywood, CA.

LGBT  7th Annual Event at The Hollywood Museum honoring Lisa Vanderpump, Tyler Henry and Lily Tomlin, and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell (CD13), announced its 2019 salute to the LGBT community’s contributions to the entertainment industry.

The seventh annual “REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBT in Hollywood” exhibit, in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13) and LA Pride, is an educational, entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBT images in film, TV, and new digital platforms – featuring costumes, props, photos, and iconic imagery all telling the story of the milestones and influence that LGBT characters and plot lines have had in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern-day representations. Additionally, REAL to REEL celebrates LGBT Icons – individuals and couples who may be openly LGBT or not, and who support the LGBT community.

The night began with a huge red carpet with Extra and ABC doing live coverage. Once inside there was a sushi counter, a caviar table, delicious hot food table, and the perfect collection of great wines. A very elegant affair.

The stars mingled on with all of us lucky media and friends of the museum for just a fun filled evening celebrating LA Pride and The LGBT community. Having lived ion West Hollywood for over 25 years I couldn’t have been more pleased. Being a huge supporter of LGBT and always loving to go to LA Pride every year, I just relish in the fat that the LGBT community in West Hollywood has become such a big deal. What I love if your straight of gay, it doesn’t matter it is just an honor to be invited every year and be a proud friend of LGBT!!!

Stars Attended:

Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules, & Honoree), Tyler Henry (Hollywood Medium & Honoree) Lily Tomlin, Fran Drescher, Peter Marc Jacobson, Kat Kramer (Actress & daughter of Stanley Kramer), Karen Kramer (actress, wife of Stanley Kramer), Jennifer Kramer (Daughter of Stanley Kramer), DEVV TAYLOR (Ready to Mingle), JUDY TENUTA (Comedian), Erin Murphy (Tabitha, Bewitched) Connor Dean (Butch the Bully in the “Cool Cat” movies), Jax Malcolm (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sam Harris, Stacia Gates (Cooking it up) , Patti Negri (Good Witch) ,Frank Sheftal- (kabc radio host),Donna Spangler ( Beverly Hills Christmas 1 &2) William Mcnamara( tv & film actor) , Tanna Frederick (influencer// actress), Rachel Royale (influencer/ music artist), Serena Laurel (influencer/ actress),Kathy Kolla ( award-winning director, actress, and screenwriter) Kasha Hovey (Actor), Robbie Dean (influencer), Hair Tahoe- celeb. Fashion designer, Jay Will / Kandie (MTV Hit comedy show “ WILD N OUT), Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), Christie Pharris – Passions/Queens of Drama, Darcy Donavan (Influencer), Elaine Ballace (The Rich & the Ruthless), Geri Jewell (Facts of Life / Deadwood), Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains), Joey Luthman (Astrid Clover), Jorge Del Busto (Designer), Kate Linder (The Young & the Restless), Kevin Spirtas (Emmy Winner After Forever), Rico Anderson (Star Trek), Roslyn Kind (Award Winning Singer), Sam Harris (Award Winning Singer),Todd Sherry (Life In Pieces).

This year, philanthropist, restaurateur, author, and activist Lisa Vanderpump who is also Executive Producer of BRAVO – TV’s Vanderpump Rules, and reigning Queen for nine seasons of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will be honored with the HOLLYWOOD LEGACY award. In addition, Television personality, physic, medium, author, Tyler Henry who stars on the E! Entertainment series Hollywood Medium will be honored with the HOLLYWOOD FUTURE Award. Tony, Emmy and Grammy Winner, Lily Tomlin and her partner, writer, director, and producer Jane Wagner will be honored with the TRAIL BLAZER award. All of these stars appeared in person to accept these prestigious awards.

Exhibit highlights include costumes and rainbow inspired personal clothing from today’s hottest stars, from television shows and films such as: (Rami Malik) Bohemian Rhapsody, One Day at a Time (Isabella Gomez) Costume, Transparent (Jeffrey Tambour) Costume, Christian Siriano, (Project Runway), Kevin Spiritus (After Forever), Ru Paul’s Drag Race (Bob the Queen), Ryan O’Connell, Costumes from the stars of Grace and Frankie, Julia Roberts, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Vanderpump Rules (Lisa Vanderpump), Hollywood Medium ( Tyler Henry), Sordid Lives, Cruising, Orange is the New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Cabaret. as well as Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots, Scandal, True Blood, The Good Wife, and more.

Additional exhibit items included famous costumes from Hollywood’s leading designers – Bob Mackie, Zac Posen, Ret Turner, Nolan Miller, Mr. Blackwell and Edith Head.

This year’s exhibit also includes, LGBT Icons including Ellen DeGeneres, Cher, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Freddie Mercury, Judy Garland, Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Ramon Navarro, Rudolf Valentino, Charles Laughton, Sam Harris, Bruce Vilanch, Sherman Hemsley, Gere Jewell, Jerry Herman, and many more.

The Hollywood Museum’s REAL to REEL exhibition, which coincides with the annual Christopher Street West Pride activities, offers a historic perspective spanning 100 years from silent films to today’s films, TV shows, and digital platforms.

“The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression and extraordinary significance of the LGBT culture and its effect and impact on the world through the medium of entertainment”, says Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum located in the Historic Max Factor Building.

The exhibit also included historic LGBT moments with Rev. Troy Perry, including the Black Cat riots (1967), and on display – the infamous sign that once hung at the entrance of West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery.

The Hollywood Museum gratefully acknowledges the following ABC, Amazon Studios, Bravo, E! Entertainment Television, BBC America, CBS, Discovery Life, Focus Features HBO, Logo, NBC, Netflix, OWN, Showtime, TLC and 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, as well as organizations serving the LGBT community including ONE Archives, Christopher Street West, The Lavender Effect, The Glaad Awards, Amfar and more.

What a great way to kick off all of the Pride events in my neighborhood, doesn’t get any better than this!

The Hollywood Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA.

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