Rose Marie Awarded Omni Youth Lifetime Achievement Award
On Sunday, Oct 2nd, The Omni Youth Music & Actor Awards proudly presented their most prestigious awards to actress/comedienne Rose Marie with "2011 OMNI YOUTH LIFETIME CAREER ACHIEVEMENT" award and actress/activist Tippi Hedren with the "2011 OMNI YOUTH HUMANITARIAN/CAREER ACHIEVEMENT" award. The Omni Youth Music & Actor Awards honored both women for their outstanding contribution to the Entertainment Industry, as performers and consummate role models to youth. Sadly, Mr. Louis Gossett, Jr., who had been schedule as presenter for the tributes, was unable to attend last minute, so the more than 300 children in attendance served in that capacity.
Rose Marie Guy - Successfully conquering Vaudeville, Radio, Screen, Television, Cabaret, Vegas and the Broadway Stage, oneof entertainment's longest and most fascinating careers began at the age of 3, was billed as Baby Rose Marie. She starred in several of the earliest talking films, beginning with a 1929 short, Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder, which was screened in theaters before feature films such as "The Jazz Singer." In 1946, when Las Vegas opened its first big-time casino hotel, The Flamingo, Rose Marie was hired by Benjamin "Bugsy" Segal as one of the headliners, along with Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat. She had a brief Broadway career in Top Banana with Phil Silvers and in 1960, she accepted her first regular role on "My Sister Eileen." The next year, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" premiered and Rose Marie became a household name. After five seasons, she moved to "The Doris Day Show." She is the only original member of the hit game show "Hollywood Squares" to have worked on all of its reincarnations and its hosts. She toured extensively with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell & Margaret Whiting in 4 Girls 4 and has released her best selling memoirs "Hold The Roses." Rose Marie recently and proudly welcomed fans to her new website (http://www.missrosemarie.com).
Tippi Hedren - From drama and terror to comedy, the career of actress Tippi Hedren has been meteoric, and eclectic. She is only actress to have worked under the direction of both Hitchcock and Chaplin. Having never been out of work since she made her film debut in "The Birds," Tippi continues to work frequently in motion pictures, theatre, and episodic television. Her contributions to cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards world-wide and she was honored as a "Woman of Vision" by Women of Film and Video in Washington, D.C., receiving the Presidential Medal for her work. And in 2000, Tippi was honored as "Best Actress in a Comedy Short" in the film "Mulligans!" at the Method Fest, Independent Film Festival, and in 2002, Tippi won "best Actress" for the short film "Tea With Grandma" from the New York International Independent Film Festival. In 2009 and 2010, audiences and critics alike responded positively to her roles on 4400 as Lily Moor Tyler, on Fashion House as Doris Thompson or on CSIas Karen Rosenthal, for which she received EMMY consideration. Tippi is founder and President of The Roar Foundation and resides at Shambala a refuge for abused and unwanted exotic cats. Ms. Hedren has not only had an extremely active acting career, but one as a political lobbyist as well. Her latest Bill is being presented to Congress ("Federal Ban on the Domestic Breeding of Exotic Felines Act"), to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit breeding of exotic big cat species, and for other purposes. Like many other sanctuaries across the country, Ms Hedren's Shambala (www.Shambala.org) among those that are currently overflowing with abandoned and abused exotic felines.