The Actors' Fund of America proudly presents Sunset Boulevard

Anjelica Houston

"Sunset Boulevard" ©"1949" Paramount Studios
All Star Reading of Landmark Paramount Screenplay
Is Now The Hottest Theatre Ticket in Town

WHAT/WHO: Please join The Actors' Fund of America as Tony Award-winner Peter Hunt directs an all-star reading of the original Paramount screenplay by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshaman, Jr. and adapted for the stage by David Rambo. The stellar cast includes: Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston as Norma Desmond, Oscar recipient and 2004 nominee Sir Ben Kingsley as Max Von Mayerling, Golden Globe and Tony nominee Patrick Wilson as Joe Gillis, Lauren Ambrose as Betty, Noah Wyle as Artie Green, Legendary director Stanley Donen as the iconic Cecil B. DeMille, Ed Begley, Jr. as Joe's agent-Morino, Steve Guttenberg as the first AD, Wilmer Valderrama as the Paramount gate guard, Charles Durning as the L A Homicide Captain, 2003 Tony Award winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and Stefanie Powers who will introduce the evening and then join the cast as the famous Hedda Hopper in Act II. Kate Edelman Johnson will be hosting, assisted by original cast member Nancy Olson Livingston and Mrs. Billy Wilder. 

Sir Ben Kingsley

WHY: To benefit The Actors' Fund of America
WHERE: The Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd.
WHEN: Sunday, April 4th, 2004 - 4:00pm
TICKETS: VIP tix at $250,$500/$1,000/$2,500 (include cast party)
call 323-933-9244 x 35 or visit
Non VIP tickets available through Ticketmaster at 213-354-3500 or go to or visit the Pantages Box Office (open 10-6 daily).
Regular Seats: $26 to $151 - VIP Seats: $250 to $2,500

After the tremendous success of last year's production of All About Eve, The Actors' Fund of America will present another of its all-star readings featuring on stage a prestigious and classic screenplay.
If success can be found in a film's memorable quotes, then reiteration of such lines as "I am big, it's the pictures that got small" or "Madame was the greatest star of them all" and, of course, "I'm ready for my close up, Mr. De Mille," illustrate why Sunset Boulevard is considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made. 
A magnificent blend of biting satire and black comedy set against a grand backdrop of baroque splendor.  Who can forget Norma Desmond's fabulous but creepy mansion with its sweeping staircase encased in a wrought iron balustrade, or the eerie pipe organ with the wind wailing down its pipes, or the image of Norma Desmond lounging grandly on her plush sofa surrounded by photographs of her past?
The Actors' Fund is the only national social service organization that assists members of the entertainment community in every sector of the industry.  With a broad spectrum of programs, including health care services, a comprehensive AIDS initiative, supportive housing and a women's health initiative, The Actors' Fund is the safety net that the entire entertainment community - from film editors and screenwriters, to musicians and dancers -- can depend on.  The Fund provides these essential services to over 12,000 people yearly with the same indomitable spirit that they have demonstrated for over 120 years. For more information about The Fund call 323.933.9244 x54 or visit


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