An Unforgettable Evening

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Kate graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia with a Bachelors degree in History Education and a Masters of Education in Special Education & Learning Disabilities.

After setting up the first program for children with learning disabilities in Boone County (a consolidated rural school district), Kate went on to teach students with learning disabilities in the Columbia School District’s two high schools.

Then came a big life move that took her from the wheat and corn fields of the Midwest to the concrete and skyscrapers of Manhattan, where Kate worked under contract with the Eileen Ford Modeling Agency. After leaving the Ford agency, she focused on film acting, studying under Larry Moss and working in soap operas and TV commercials. She landed her first feature, “A Little Sex” directed by Bruce Paltrow, and continued to work in feature films – from the Oscar-nominated short “Duke of Groove” directed by Griffin Dunne to the big box office adventure series “Indiana Jones,” where she met her husband, Steven Spielberg.

Kate and Steven raised seven children – Jessica, Max, Theo, Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela, and Destry. They now have three grandchildren with a fourth due soon.

Kate splits her time between her three passions: family, learning and painting. She is currently a student of portraiture and figure oil painting at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Art.

Last but not least, she is a Founding Member of the Children's Action Network and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. She is also Honorary Chair of the Women's Cancer Research Fund.

Anne Douglas

Anne Douglas was born in Hannover, Germany. Fluent in English, French, German, and Italian, she supported herself during World War II by doing film translations and writing subtitles. After the war, she worked in film and television, including managing public relations in Europe and the United States for foreign films.

Anne has traveled around the world on behalf of the US State Department and the US Information Agency. In appreciation, the USIA gave her the Director’s Award for superior achievement.

Anne is devoted to many causes, including the plight of the homeless, and has helped to raise millions of dollars to support homeless services. Together with the Los Angeles Mission she created the Anne Douglas Center For Homeless Women. Through the Douglas Foundation she has refurbished, rebuilt, and beautified school playgrounds all over Los Angeles. After completing more than 350 playgrounds, the Kennedy Center honored her with the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service of a Private Citizen. In 2008, Anne and her husband Kirk donated their 400th playground.

Anne is a member of the Executive Board of the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and has been honored by the Museum, the Angel View Foundation, the Braille Institute, and the American Cancer Society for her support of many charities and community events in Palm Springs. She received the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Citizen-of-the-Year Award in 1992.

She was a member of the Women’s Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 38 years, and received the Guild’s Evelyn Clayburgh Award for distinguished service. In 1997, she became the first recipient of the Women of Courage Award by the Cedars-Sinai Research for Women’s Cancers. She has previously served as a board member of the Mark Taper Forum and the Los Angeles Music Center’s Center Theatre Group. She was one of the founders and former co-president of the Blue Ribbon 400 Committee.

Anne met her husband of more than 60 years, Kirk Douglas, on the Paris set of the film Act of Love; she was working as public relations manager, and he hired her as his assistant. Together they have two sons, Peter, a film producer, director, and writer, and Eric, an actor, who passed away in 2004.

Quinn Ezralow

Quinn Ezralow is a third generation Angelino, with a long history of improving and supporting Los Angeles communities. In addition to her philanthropic commitment to generating deeper connections between people, transforming lives, and helping create a better world for all of us, she is fascinated by and passionately observant of artistic creativity and its social and cultural influences on fashion, design, and art.

Quinn is a member of the Blue Ribbon Music Center, on the Advisory Board at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, a member of the Directors Circle for the Los Angeles County of Museum of Art (LACMA), and an ambassador for ‘Heart Of Los Angeles’ (H.O.L.A), which provides over 3,500 underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts, and athletics within a nurturing environment. She has been a member of the Junior League of Los Angeles for over 20 years.

Quinn resides in Beverly Hills with her husband Bryan Ezralow, CEO of The Ezralow Company. Together they have three children: Alexandra, a student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Spencer, a student at the University of Michigan; and Preston, a sophomore at Windward School in Los Angeles.

Marion D. Laurie

Marion Laurie is a devoted philanthropist who has given her time and energy to many causes. She is an ambassador at the Norris Keck School of Medicine, and previously served as a member on the Advisory Board at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her endeavors include several research funding projects at USC Norris Keck Cancer Center and the UCLA Revlon Breast Center. 

Marion serves on the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Directors and is a Life Trustee. She is a co-founder of the Women’s Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and past Chair of Cedar-Sinai Coordinating Council; she also served a ten-year term on the Building Committee at Cedars. She is a Founder of the Music Center, and a member of the Los Angeles Music Center Blue Ribbon for over twenty years. In addition, she serves on several committees for the Children Action Network, a group that supports foster children programs.

Marion is an Interior Designer and has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, as well as other publications. She has two married sons and four grandchildren. Both sons are graduates of USC. Craig Laurie, a graduate of USC Watt School of Architect, is an architect and a Senior Associate at RBB; Scott Laurie graduated from Urban Planning and Development at USC and is President and CEO of the Olson Company. He also serves on the Norris Advisory Board and is an ambassador at the                                                                                          USC Norris Keck School of Medicine.

Kelly Chapman Meyer

Kelly Chapman Meyer, environmental activist and health advocate, is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and co-founder of The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. She joins her passions to help push forward policies and programs for health and wellness of both the individual and the environment.

Kelly co-founded the Teaching Gardens program as a way to combat the rise of childhood obesity and lifestyle-related illnesses. As an environmental activist she organized the Guinness Book of World’s Record Peace Paddle Out to help raise awareness and funds to protect the oceans. Currently, Kelly is Co-Executive Producer of Heartbeat, a scripted medical drama, which will air this spring on NBC.

She has received a number of honors including being named to Oprah’s “2010 O Power List,” Huffington Post’s Game Changer 2011, and the 2012 EMA Life Time Achievement Award. A true outdoorswomen, Kelly is an avid surfer, yoga devotee, and tri-athlete.

Kelly and her husband Ron Meyer, President and Vice Chairman of Universal Studios, have four children together.

Jamie Alexander Tisch

Born and raised in the South, Jamie Tisch has long been committed to helping others, with a passion for the arts, education, youth, and empowering women.

Jamie received her Bachelor of Science degree at the Culverhouse School of Business at the University of Alabama where she continues to serve on the Athletic Foundation Board.

As a businesswoman, Jamie’s career in retail led her to co-create a Beverly Hills experience-based boutique called Fashionology, which was designed to empower teen girls to create their own clothing. Today, Jamie serves on the Board of the Tory Burch Foundation, which provides resources and tools to women entrepreneurs to help grow their business.

Jamie served as a Trustee of the Cal State Summer School for the Arts for 11 years as an appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. To date, the program has offered over 10,000 artistically gifted students from socioeconomic and ethnically diverse backgrounds intensive training in multidisciplinary arts programs for future careers in fine and commercial arts.

As a part time resident of Aspen, Jamie supports various local charities and is a founding member of the Aspen Art Museum. She has also served on the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles (MOCA) and sits on the Director’s Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Jamie currently resides in New York with her three children Elizabeth, Holden, and Zachary.

Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson is a true multi-hyphenate with a diverse career that traverses film, television, producing, singing and songwriting. Rita is well known for her film roles in Sleepless in Seattle and It’s Complicated, and television shows including Girls and The Good Wife. She was the driving force behind producing the record breaking box-office hits My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Her instincts proved solid once again when she secured the film rights to the hit show Mamma Mia! after seeing it in London, turning it into a hit film as well.

In 2006, Rita made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Last March, Rita returned to Broadway opposite Larry David in Fish in the Dark, which he also wrote. It was during this production that Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer. She subsequently took a month break and came back to the play having undergone a bilateral mastectomy. Rita has since shared her inspiring story of the importance of early detection and seeking a second opinion.

In May 2012, Rita realized a lifelong dream with the debut of her solo album AM/FM. The album is an intimate collection of covers of her favorite songs from the ‘60’s and ‘70s that together, make up the soundtrack to her life. Since that release, Rita has been focusing on a new component of her musical career as a songwriter. During the past two years she has collaborated with a number of veteran and award-winning songwriters to produce her second album, Rita Wilson, which was released in March. The album showcases her knack for creating insightful, personal songs with stunning honesty. This new material was featured in a recent two week residency at the famed Café Carlyle in New York.

Rita has been a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar and has also written for Oprah Magazine, where readers have followed her thoughts on varying subjects from fashion to family. She is also an Editor-at-Large of Huff/Post 50, a website launched by the Huffington Post for the Baby Boomer generation.