Hollywood on the Potomac

Jane Fonda Supports IndieCollect

January 14, 2020

We’re going to miss actress and climate change activist Jane Fonda who has been in Washington on the lawn of the US Capitol building since mid-October doing Fire Drill Fridays inspired by Greta Thunberg and the youth climate strike movement.  She was joined by celebrities Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Ted Danson, and Diane Lane – most of whom were either detained or arrested. Her last Fire Drill Friday was January 10th before she returned to LA where she will continue to bring attention to the climate emergency. During her visit, she was also here promoting another cause close to her heart – IndieCollect – honored by New York Film Critics Circle at a Star-Studded Ceremony with Steve Buscemi on January 7 for “essential work preserving American independent film.”

“Back in the heyday of Hollywood the studios did their own restoration and it costs money and it takes up a lot of space because you have to store all these films in temporary rooms,” Jane Fonda told guests at an intimate dinner in her honor at the home of Catherine Wyler and Richard Rymland in Washington, DC. to support IndieCollect.  “As studios cut back, they cut back on the space and they started farming the job of restoration out to other places that looked like a bombed basement. It was filled with cans turned upside down. It was unbelievable when I heard some of the films that were there; some of them were entertainment films, but some of them were documents of American history that we just can’t lose.”

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Barbara Bush Foundation Celebrates The Pearl Literacy Awards

January 12, 2020

“We share Mrs. Bush’s belief that: ‘The home is the child’s first school’ and ‘the parent is the child’s first teacher,’ and these organizations exemplify the critical and complementary role of communities in stewarding a lifelong dedication for learning and growing,” said Barbara Bush Foundation President and CEO British A. Robinson at The Pearl Literacy Awards Ceremony at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. “We are honored to recognize them today and look forward to watching them continue to change lives through literacy for many years to come.”


The Foundation’s marquee event, the National Celebration of Reading, featured a lineup of best-selling and award-winning guest authors, including Jon Meacham, Jean Case, Jesse J. Holland, Eric Motley, Susan Orlean and Delia Owens—with other very special guests. The Foundation’s Celebration of Reading events, held throughout the nation, have historically served to raise awareness of our country’s adult literacy crisis, raise funds in support of the Foundation’s work and celebrate the life-changing power of literacy. Ms. Wallis Annenberg served as Presenting Underwriter of this year’s special National Celebration of Reading, which commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Foundation while continuing those traditions of past events.

“I am so honored to be part of the Barbara Bush Foundation family,” awardee Jesse Holland told Hollywood on the Potomac. “My family has been educators in the deep South going back at least three or four generations. My mother was my seventh grade [teacher], so I really believe in literacy. I come from a family that preaches literacy. So these types of events I am always honored to be asked to be part of because if you can’t read, it’s overwhelming.” “When you read the statistics about how many people are illiterate, how does that happen,” we asked.  “If you have mandate mandatory education, just because you’re required to be a school doesn’t mean you’re required to learn. Teachers try their best. Learning isn’t just something that happens.  It really does take a village and sometimes teachers are working alone and trying to get literacy to where it should be. As long as we keep trying, we’ll get there.”  Holland is the author of: The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slavery Inside The White House.

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Una Noche Linda

January 6, 2020

“I remember the last show I did. Literally, my entire career flashed in front of my eyes. I remembered every show I’d ever done,” singer Linda Ronstadt told Anderson Cooper during an interview on CNN which aired on New Year’s Day regarding her last show and diagnosis for a rare condition called progressive supranuclear palsy, which is similar to Parkinson’s disease and has no known cure.  In response to his question as to how she deals with it, she answered: “Acceptance.”


Ronstadt received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors Award in December, an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The honors have been presented annually since 1978, culminating each December in a star-studded gala celebrating the honorees in the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C

Prior to the Gala evening, Ronstadt was hosted at a private dinner at the DC home of Ginny Grisham and Paul Zevnik sponsored by The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts with Entrevision.

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