Official Oscar® celebration included a salute to actress Shirley Jones.
LAS VEGAS –Hundreds of movie fans, plus film, stage and television celebrities were in The City of Entertainment Feb. 24-26 for Oscar Night® Las Vegas, a weekend destination celebration for the 84th Academy Awards® that is officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“Oscar Night® is an event meant to be a shared with others. This is a natural extension of that experience,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the movies with fans nationwide.”
“This also represents the year-round philanthropic work that the Academy does,” said Ms. Hudson. Proceeds from Oscar Night® Las Vegas will benefit Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, dedicated to providing services for children with special needs in the Las Vegas community since 1950.
“Variety is pleased to salute Shirley Jones not only as a 50-year-plus Academy Award® recipient, but also for her outstanding film, television and stage career,” said Variety Tent 39 President and Chief Barker Kari Ayers. “Variety also will honor her for a lifetime commitment to charitable and humanitarian causes.”
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman has proclaimed Sunday, Feb. 26, as “Shirley Jones Day” in The City of Las Vegas. In addition to her Oscar® and multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations, Shirley Jones is renowned for her role as the matriarch in the 1970’s ABC television series “The Partridge Family.”
Dozens of other celebrities scheduled to attend Oscar Night® Las Vegas include Emmy® and Tony® award winner Hal Linden, star of the 1970ʼs sitcom “Barney Miller;” Michael Godard, the rock star of the art world; “Storage Wars” reality TV stars Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz; and American music legends The World Famous Ink Spots.
Las Vegas headliners will include Kevin Burke, star of “Defending The Caveman” at Harrahʼs, actress/dancer Angel Porrino and actor/singer Josh Strickland from “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace and Zowie Bowie, hosts of “Name That Tune” at Imperial Palace Hotel.