BAFTA Tea Party & Memorial for Francesca Hilton

The BritishAcademy of Film & Television Arts, Los Angeles celebrated the 2015 Awards Season with their annual Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel. This is one of the most prestigious events in our town, which celebrates excellence in the craft, and wishes best of luck to all nominees for the award season ahead.

Some of the celebrated guests included Oscar nominees Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Keira  Knightley (The Imitation Game).  This event also honored nominees & winners of other awards, including Sarah Hyland (Modern Family),  Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Dominic West (The Affair) to name a few. Do we have any particular Oscar favorites? Eddie Redmayne should win hands-down for Best Actor; Reese Witherspoon, as Best Actress in Wild; and Patricia Arquette, for her supporting role in Boyhood is outstanding.  I’ll leave the rest up to the Academy whose judgment I greatly respect.

Steve Carell & Adrian Brody at BAFTA Tea Party

Francesca Gabor Hilton was a gifted but complex woman who lived a difficult life -- in spite of being the spawn of two famed families.  Her Mother, the gorgeous ZsaZsa Gabor, who is 97 years old and is in a catatonic state, survived the death of her 67 year old daughter, and probably is not even aware of her loss.

Francesca was an outspoken, honest, but sometimes irritating individual, who did not suffer fools well.    Her outrageous sense of humor and behavior fascinated her best friend & publicist Edward Lozzi, who called her TAZ, short for Tazmanian Devil, in the Warner Bros. cartoon, who explodes into a room, and spins around like a tornado creating chaos.

Kiera Knightly & Eddie Redmayne at BAFTA Tea Party

Lozzi, with the assistance of the Hilton family, and Francesca’s finance, Michael Nateece, organized a Memorial for her at St. Ambrose Church where over 200 invited   guests attended the funeral mass.  Some of these included Mitzi Shore, owner of the Comedy Store, where Francesca performed; socialite Nancy Bretzfield, who shared her love of horses, and  Jerold Franks, President, Casting Society of America, who donated a large fund to the Motion Picture Home in Francesca’s name. Soap Opera Diva, Peggy McKay, (Days of Our Lives) and long-time friend, invited many of the guests to a reception after the Mass, to celebrate the life of this sensitive, talented and charitable woman, who endeared herself to many.  

Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) at BAFTA Luncheon

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