Anjelica Huston is Norma Desmond in L.A. "Sunset Boulevard"

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Anjelica Huston will play faded silent screen star Norma Desmond in the upcoming benefit reading of "Sunset Boulevard" at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre.

The April 4 benefit — directed by Peter Hunt — is part of the Actors' Fund of America's second annual "Screenplays on Stage" fundraiser. According to the L.A. Times, Huston will be joined by Ben Kingsley as Max, Stanley Donen as Cecil B. DeMille and Stefanie Powers as Hedda Hopper. The pivotal role of doomed screenwriter Joe Gillis has yet to be cast. Show time is 4 PM.

The classic screenplay "Sunset Boulevard" was penned by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr. David Rambo will adapt the reading for the one-night-only event. Rambo also adapted the screenplay for "All About Eve," which raised $300,000 for the Actors' Fund in March 2003.

The 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard," directed by Billy Wilder, concerned an out of-work screenwriter named Joe Gillis who happens upon the home of former silent-screen star Norma Desmond. William Holden and Gloria Swanson starred in the film, which won three Academy Awards. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's musical version debuted in London with Patti LuPone as Norma. Other Normas included Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Glenn Close, Diahann Carroll, Petula Clark, Helen Schneider and Debra Byrne.

Anjelica Huston won an Academy Award for her performance in "Prizzi's Honor"; she was also Oscar-nominated for her roles in "Enemies: A Love Story" and "The Grifters." Her other screen credits include roles in "Ever After," "Manhattan Murder Mystery," "Crimes and Misdemeanors, "Bastard Out of Carolina," "The Addams Family" and "The Witches." Huston's only Broadway credit is the 1969 revival of Hamlet at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre; Huston was in the ensemble of that production, which featured Nicol Williamson in the title role.

Tickets for the "Sunset Boulevard" reading range from $28-$2,500. Priority tickets are now on sale by calling (323) 933-9266, ext. 35 or 54. The Actors' Fund of America is the only national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. For more information, visit www.actorsfund.org.

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