ELI BROAD MAKES $7 MILLION DONATION TO THE LA OPERA
Eli Broad has given the Los Angeles Opera something to sing about. The renowned philanthropist made a $7 million donation to the opera in the form of a leadership gift from his own Broad Foundation. With his latest gift, the 80-year-old has doubled his previous support of the LA Opera, making he and his wife, Edythe, two of the largest donors in the organization’s history. The announcement of Broad’s benefaction was revealed by the opera’s General Director Plácido Domingo, who said: “It has been deeply meaningful for me to have LA Opera and my own named linked to two of the greatest philanthropists of our time.”
JENNIFER LOPEZ RECEIVES STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Jenny From the Block now has her name on the most famous block of all: the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jennifer Lopez, 44, received the 2,500th star on June 20 while surrounded by her loved ones. Her twins, Max and Emme, boyfriend Casper Smart, pals Keenan Ivory Wayans, Pitbull, Jane Fonda and manager Benny Medina were witnesses to the honor. During her speech, Lopez said: “You realize you’ve been at this for a long time and you’ve been fighting and getting it. It’s a real kind of landmark day for me.”
He’s already on top in the film community, and now Brad Grey is becoming a man of importance in the art world as well. The Paramount Pictures CEO and Chairman has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s board of trustees. Board Co-Chair Terry Semel and LACMA Director Michael Govan asked the 55-year-old industry exec to join the board of trustees, which now tops out at 54 members. The list of Hollywood players who also serve on the board include producer Brian Grazer, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Barbara Streisand and producer Steve Tisch.
KIM KARDASHIAN GIVES BIRTH TO FIRST CHILD
After months of anticipation (nine, in fact) Kim Kardashian has finally given birth to her first child. The 32-year-old reality star and boyfriend Kanye West welcomed daughter North West to the world on June 15. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians starlet delivered her baby girl at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with West by her side. The fact that Northwest (“Nori” for short) was born just prior to Father’s Day was not lost on Kim, who presented her beau with the ultimate gift to celebrate his birthday/Father’s Day/their daughter. Not only did she give the tech-loving rapper two Apple computer mice signed by the late Steve Jobs, but she also had the brand’s co-creator Steve Wozniak come to meet him.
ROBERT PATTINSON IS THE NEW FACE OF DIOR HOMME
Robert Pattinson has it all: great cheekbones, a killer career and now a gig as the new face of Dior Homme. The fashion house announced in June that the 27-year-old Brit would appear in a new ad campaign for its men’s fragrance. The advertorial has been shot by American artist Nan Goldin and filmed by French director Romain Gavras and is being broadcast exclusively in Europe (except the UK) and Asia (aside from China and Japan). Pattinson follows in the footsteps of fellow A-listers Charlize Theron, Jude Law and Natalie Portman, all of whom have been spokespeople for the brand.