Auction of 1000 Stars 2003 Offers Visits to Nine and Oz

News   Auction of 1000 Stars 2003 Offers Visits to Nine and Oz Want to cozy up to Hugh Jackman at the opening-night party of The Boy From Oz? How about a day at a spa with "Saturday Night Live" alum Ana Gasteyer?

These are just some of the opportunities that await the highest bidder in this year's Auction of 1000 Stars. Presented by the Actors' Fund of America — in partnership with Yahoo! and Oxygen — Auction of 1000 Stars 2003 kicks off July 14. The two-week on-line auction runs through July 28 and features over 50 "experiences with the stars" as well as hundreds of pieces of memorabilia. Those interested in checking out this year's items should log on to www.auctionof1000stars.org. Actors' Fund Trustee Bebe Neuwirth — a two-time Tony Award winner for her work in the revivals of Sweet Charity and Chicago — said in a statement, "With so many tempting celebrity experiences to choose from and unique memorabilia, Auction of 1000 Stars 2003 is unlike any other auction online. The Actors' Fund auction always attracts a wide array of energized bidders from around the world, and our list of celebrity participants reads like a Who's Who of the entertainment community."

Other items up for bid this year include orchestra seats and a backstage visit with the cast of Nine; a visit with the cast of Showtime's "Queer as Folk"; a walk-on part in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera; as well as rare Broadway Playbills, autographed Playbills and photographs and/or books from Pearl Bailey, Lillian Gish, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, Nathan Lane and Sigourney Weaver.

The Actors' Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Its headquarters and The Aurora Residence are located in New York City, and its nursing home and assisted living care facility are in Englewood, New Jersey. For more information, go to www.actorsfund.org.