Renée Zellweger, Annette Bening, More Celeb Supporters Step Out at Charity Gala Honoring Paul Newman
Renée Zellweger looked radiant Thursday as she joined other stars in honoring the legacy of Paul Newman at a Los Angeles gala for the late actor’s SeriousFun Children’s Network charity.
The actress, 46, was all smiles – in a copper-toned mid-length dress with long sheer sleeves, her hair up in a bun – as she introduced Natalie Cole, who went on to play a three-song set as part of a fun and freewheeling evening.
Zellweger is not seen at many Hollywood functions these days, but she makes exceptions for charity work. The Oscar winner also attended the ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s One Starry Night benefit last month, where she happily chatted about her boyfriend of more than two years, musician Doyle Bramhall II.
Among the other stars at Thursday’s gala were Jamie Foxx, Jay Leno, Michael Keaton, Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman, Carole King, Anjelica Huston and Burt Bacharach.
Many of them spoke lovingly of Newman, who died in 2008 at age 83, and who was a tireless advocate for sick children. The mood was celebratory, just as it was at SeriousFun’s New York City gala in March, where George Clooney and others recalled Newman’s charm and generosity.
“Tonight is really about Paul Newman. And Paul Newman, what a giant,” Bening, 56, said on the red carpet. “I met him at one of the first events I went to for these camps. It was a small dinner, and I got to sit next to him. And he was so charming. He was so handsome, but he was also modest and had true humility.”
“First of all, best blue eyes in the world,” added Huston, 63, with a laugh. Of his charitable work, she observed: “It’s a very quiet but very meaningful legacy. What he did was without fanfare.”
The evening also featured many special kids from SeriousFun, along with performances by King and Bacharach and a big sing-along to Katy Perry‘s “Roar” led by DeVito, Bening, Zellweger and Huston.
• Reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER