The Beverly Hilton Hotel was awash with stars on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Several a-list celebrities turned out for the charity benefit including actor Jason Bateman, Anne Heche, William Shatner,“Modern Family” co-stars Julie Bowen and Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Sex and the City” star Kristen Davis, Mila Kunis, Vanessa Williams and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm.
St. Jude’s Research Hospital was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, and the event was held on what would have been his 1ooth birthday. Phil Donahue, who’s married to Thomas’ daughter Marlo, hosted the event and actor Ray Romano performed a special birthday tribute.
A commemorative postage stamp of Thomas, which goes on sale Feb. 16, was also unveiled at the gala. The benefit reportedly raised over $1 million for the organization. For more on St. Jude’s visit www.stjude.org
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Actor Jason Bateman will be reprising the role of Michael Bluth for the return of “Arrested Development” next year. Netflix has purchased exclusive rights to run new episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy series on its streaming video service. You can follow Jason on Twitter at www.twitter.com/batemanjason