Huston Is Norma Desmond in All-Star "Sunset Boulevard" Reading April 4

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Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston will be ready for her close-up April 4 when she portrays faded silent-screen star Norma Desmond in the all-star reading of "Sunset Boulevard" at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre.
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston

Kate Edelman Johnson will host the event, which benefits the Actors' Fund of America. Johnson will be assisted by Nancy Olson Livingston, who starred as Betty Schaefer in the original film, and by Mrs. Billy Wilder, wife of the late "Sunset" director.

In addition to Huston, the star-studded company also boasts Patrick Wilson as doomed screenwriter Joe Gillis, Lauren Ambrose as Joe's love interest Betty Schaefer, Sir Ben Kingsley as loyal butler Max, Stanley Donen as Cecil B. DeMille, Stefanie Powers as Hedda Hopper, Noah Wyle as Artie Green, Marissa Jaret Winokur as Connie, Steve Guttenberg as the First A.D., Robert Morse as Jonesy, James Cromwell as Sheldrake, Charles Durning as L.A. Homicide Captain, Marvin Kaplan as Hog-Eye, Wilmer Valderrama as the Paramount gate guard, Ken Howard as Repo Man, Frederic F. Forrest as Beverly Hills Captain, and Ed Begley Jr. as Morino, Joe Gillis' agent.

Directed by Peter Hunt, the "Sunset Boulevard" reading is part of the Actors' Fund of America's second annual "Screenplays on Stage" fundraiser. Show time is 4 PM.

The classic screenplay "Sunset Boulevard" was penned by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr. David Rambo has adapted the script 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, Linda Balgord and Debra Byrne. Tickets for the "Sunset Boulevard" reading range from $28-$2,500. Priority tickets are available 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

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