Hollywood Ball the glamour, history

Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser takes the stage

This
year’s Cystic Fibrosis Ball (Saturday, 6 February) will draw on the rich
history of 1950s Hollywood and the Oscars. The era was the Golden Age of movie
making when stars were class acts, studio chiefs were all-powerful and movies
were epics – no expense spared. Guests can expect a cocktail reception, a
three-course dinner and a disco.

The
indoor/outdoor seating plan for diners at Luca will be divided into three areas
with distinct décor accents in each:

the famous MGM Studio 15,

the studio commissary, and

the costume department.

 In the 1950s, Studio 15 was the largest
movie-making film lot in the world. At the studio commissary, stars would eat
during movie making sessions, shoulder to shoulder with all the rest of the
film crew, from the lighting technicians to the make-up artists.

The
décor will act as a visual cue about the highlights of movie making during that
decade and the silver screen talent who won their coveted Oscars in that
10-year period.

Pamela Fowler, event and fundraising
manager for the Trust said that the decade saw the talented and the beautiful cast in many
memorable productions as the film industry began to lift its game, rising to
the challenge of the competition – the dawn of television.

“The
1950s saw the creation of some of the best musicals ever made. An American in
Paris, Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, South Pacific,
Guys and Dolls, High Society, Calamity Jane and The King and I – to name a
few.”

Mrs.
Fowler added that Marlon Brando revolutionised Hollywood when he brought a raw
naturalistic realism to the screen – a new style termed Method Acting that he
had acquired at the Actors Studio in New York. Montgomery Clift and James Dean
also exemplified new style of acting.

Having
researched the filmic aspects of the era when organising the event, she gave a
potted history of some stellar films and actors in this pioneering period. 1953
saw Marilyn Monroe burst onto the scene. She was voted the Best New Actress of
1953 by Photoplay magazine, and
appeared in Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire.

In
1956 Elvis, the King of Rock and Roll, made his film debut and continued to
make movies until the end of the next decade.

More
risks were taken in the 1950s with lavish, spectacular epic films such as The
Ten Commandments, Bridge over the River Kwai and Ben Hur, which starred
Charlton Heston and won 11 of the 12 Oscar nominations in 1959. At $15 million,
Ben Hur was the most expensive
film ever made, and the most expensive film of the 50s.

In
America, McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist had taken a firm hold in the 50s.
Independent producer/director Stanley Kramer became famous for his films with a
social conscience, such as the Best Picture-nominated western High Noon. Kramer’s
Defiant Ones, starred Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to star in
mainstream Hollywood films in a non-stereotyped role and the film’s
award-winning script was co-written by blacklisted writer-actor Nedrick Young
and brought Kramer his first Best
Director nomination.

In
1953 the young Audrey Hepburn became a star taking the Best Actress Oscar in the
captivating comedy/romance Roman Holiday.

The
1950s was the decade Elizabeth Taylor began her adult career which spanned many
decades and a multitude of classic films. Her glamorous looks, incomparable
talent and those unforgettable violet eyes ensured her a place in Hollywood
history.

To
buy tickets for the 1950s Hollywood Oscars Ball, call Michelle on 916-6003,
priced $165 each they include dinner, dancing and an open bar.

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