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Where’s Julie – The 2013 Emmys

Julie Spira and Dot-Marie Jones at Prime-Time Emmy Nominees Party

Julie Spira and Dot-Marie Jones at Prime-Time Emmy Nominees Party

It was quite an exciting weekend in Los Angeles, where I enjoyed attending the 65th Primetime Emmy festivities. Along with Ellen Olivier, founder of Society News LA and contributor to the Los Angeles Times, we hit three Hollywood events and enjoyed meeting the Emmy nominees, while mingling with friends at many of the parties in town.

Dressed in a Herve Leger “Candice” bandage dress for the evening, our first stop was at The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Annual Performers Nominee Party held at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Spectra at the Pacific Design Center. We spoke with Dot-Marie Jones from Glee, spotted Lilly Tomlin, complimented Modern Family’s Julie Bowen on her stunning dress, and watched as many of the nominees took the stage. Many of us took photos in the Twitter photo booth to instantaneously share tweets from @PrimeTimeEmmys to our friends and family.

Out next stop was the Variety and Women in Film party held at Scarpetta at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. The event honored the female nominees. We spotted the stunning Raquel Welch, who looked beautiful in a leopard dress and spoke to Jenna Ushkowitz of “Glee,” who talked about her sadness on the death of former Glee star, Cory Monteith and the controversy of his upcoming tribute at the Emmys.

We ended the evening at one of my favorite spots in town, Fig & Olive, which was packed to capacity and hosted by Entertainment Weekly. We walked in to the event with the adorable Kristin Chenoweth and I had to compliment her on her amazing performance that I attended a few weeks earlier at the Hollywood Bowl. Before we left, we spoke with Harry Hamlin from Madmen, along with his stunning wife, Lisa Rinna.

Guests left with swag bag, generously filled with hair and makeup products from Loreal. It was truly a Hollywood weekend and it was an honor and joy to have attended some of the best parties in town before getting ready for the exciting Emmy Awards.

As I stood on the stage next to the Emmy-like statues, all I could think about it, a girl can dream. I hope someday there will be an Emmy in my future.

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Taste for a Cure with Matthew Morrison and Laura Linney

Laura Linney at Taste for a Cure

Julie Spira and Laura Linney

Listed as one of the “Top 10 Events of the Year” in southern California, the 16th annual “Taste for a Cure” honored Showtime’s President David Nevins. It was heartwarming evening filled with hope for those finding themselves at UCLA’s Jonnson Cancer Center with this frightening and often deadly disease.

400 guests attended the event to fight cancer at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel including honorary co-chair Laura Linney, from Showtime’s The Big C, ?Evan Handler from Sex and the City and Californication, with musical performances from Dancing with the Stars Julianne Hough and Matthew Morrison from Glee.

Select wines and regional dishes from Oregon’s Willamette Valley were sampled

Julie Spira and Glee's Matthew Morrison

Julie Spira and Matthew Morrison

during the cocktail reception.

Matthew Morrison’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the perfect song to touch our hearts and give hope to everyone whose lives need to be lifted and filled with joy.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.cancer.ucla.edu/

Butterfly Ball – A Night of Glee and Support for the Homeless

Julie Spira and Glee's Matthew Morrison

The 9th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Brentwood, brought out a combination of Hollywood Executives and celebrities to honor those helping the homeless in Los Angeles.

This year’s event honored Seth MacFarlane, Creator and Executive Producer of Family Guy, Ryan Murphy, Creator of Glee and Executive Producer of Eat, Pray, Love, and Brett Ratner, Director of Rush Hour and Chrysalis Board Member.

Ratner’s acceptance speech brought both himself and the attendees to tears. He thanked his grandparents, now in their 90s, and shared the story of how he saw the father he barely knew, alone on a park bench, homeless. His father was too embarrassed to reach out and ask for help. Ratner decided to dedicate his life to Chrysalis, an organization committed to reuniting people with their families and help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.

Cast members of Glee were in attendance, including Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, and Mark Salling. Morrison sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the song he performed during his audition for Glee. Other celebrities in attendance included Ryan Phillippe, Christina Ricci, Sophia Bush, Eva Mendes, Ashley Greene, and Ben Stiller.

Chrysalis has three locations in Los Angeles. Event co-chair and 20th Century Fox Television Chairman Dana Walden said she just visited their location on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Other locations include one in Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley.

For more information and to make a donation, visit ChangeLives.org