Red Buttons is Indeed "Mr. Wonderful"

Proving that nice guys don't always finish last, The Thalians have announced that comedian and actor Red Buttons will be honored with the 2004 "Mr. Wonderful Award" at their 49th annual ball on Sunday November 7, 2004 at the Century Plaza Hotel. The ticket prices are $300, $500 & $1,000 per ticket. Shelley & Gary Hann will chair the evening benefiting the Thalian Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center which will include dinner, live & silent auctions, dancing and a musical tribute to Red Buttons featuring many of his co-stars and fellow comedians.

Red Buttons is most notably known for his role as Airman Joe Kelly in the 1957 film "Sayonara" with Marlon Brando which earned him both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.  Throughout his long career Buttons has also worked extensively on Broadway and Television, appearing on the likes of the "Ed Sullivan Show", "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", "The Bill Cosby Show", "Knotts Landing", and more recently "ER" in addition to hosting his own television show for three years beginning in 1952.

The Thalians first began "The Mr. Wonderful Award" in 1966 and have given it to individuals for their charitable work and dedication to The Thalians.  Buttons, dubbed "Always There" by The Thalians due to his diligence toward charity, has been selected for his outstanding contributions both to The Thalians and to the world of entertainment. Buttons has also been honored by The City of Hope "Spirit of Life" Award; the Eddie Cantor Foundation's "Suzie" Award; the Friar's Club "Lifetime Achievement" Award; and the Junior Achievement Award for his charitable contributions to all causes.  In receiving the 2004 "Mr. Wonderful Award" Buttons joins a prestigious list of other honorees that includes Ann-Margret, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, Rita Hayworth, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, Jack Lemmon, Dorothy Lamour, Angela Lansbury, Mary Tyler Moore and last year's honoree, Burt Bacharach.

The Thalians have raised over $31 million for The Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars Sinai since it opened it doors in 1973.  The center is widely considered one of the top mental health facilities in the world and offers services in crisis intervention, counseling, therapy, day treatment and long-term care, all on a sliding-scale fee based on ability to pay.

For more information phone 310-423-1040 or fax 310-423-0454


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