Here are the haute secrets of Michelle Danner, Artistic Director at Edgemar Center of the Arts. Danner, one of the most successful acting coaches in Hollywood, is also the director of the film version of John Buffalo Mailer’s Hello Herman, starring Norman Reedus, Martha Higareda and newcomer Garrett Backstrom. The film, an unflinching examination of today’s society through the eyes of a young copycat killer and the journalist who sees the tragedy as a potential boost for his own career, is an adaptation of the play of the same name, also written by Norman Mailer’s youngest son. As acting coach, Danner works with many A-list actors both privately and on the set, including Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Christian Slater, Zooey Deschanel, Isla Fisher and Marcia Cross, among others. In 2000, Danner and fellow acting coach Larry Moss raised $1.5 million from donors including Steven Speilberg, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Neil Simon to build and open the Edgemar Center, which houses two theatres and an art gallery. Here are this entertainment guru’s haute secrets into life in the City of Angels.

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Where were you born ?
How long in Los angeles:
Since 1990
Santa Monica
Director, Teacher, Mother
Favorite Restaurant:
Best Sushi:
Best Italian:
La Vechia
Best place for a romantic date:
Malibu Beach
Best Sunday brunch:
Montana Cafe
Best place for a power business meeting:
Casa del Mar
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Anywhere on Abbot Kinney
Best Spa:
Burke Williams
Favorite Charity Event:
Poker DGA
Favorite Cultural Event:
Mark Harper Actor's Gang, Mark Taper Forum
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
The Lobster
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Massage:
When a private masseuse comes to your house
Best Museum/Exhibit:
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Placita Olvera
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
The beach
Best aspect of Los Angeles
The weather of course
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