Thanks to just a couple of drops of rain last night, window wipers and umbrellas were put into action. But that didn’t deter the Junior Leaguers of Dallas like Pam Busbee, Kristi Hoyl, Linda Perryman Evans, Margo Goodwin, Paige McDaniel, Lisa Loy Laughlin and Joanna Clarke from gathering at Regen Fearon’s Preston Hollow home. As if the home that used to belong to Ginny Murchison Linthicum and her late husbands (Clint Murchison Sr. and Ed Linthicum) wasn’t enough of a draw, the occasion was the reveal of the 2018 Milestones Luncheon speaker and 2018-2019 Sustainer of the Year.
Luncheon Co-Chairs Natalie Metzger Lesikar and Nicole Metzger Brewer announced that the Sustainer of the Year would be former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris Jeanne Phillips.
As for the speaker, it will be Laura Dern, who has known dinosaurs thanks to Steven Spielberg and as a Hollywood princess as the daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern and the goddaughter of Shelley Winters.
But Laura has also been known for touching on controversial topics like her appearance on “Ellen” and the recent #M3Too movement. When asked how the latter has impacted the film industry, she said, “While simultaneously culture is changing, I think that Hollywood and that industry is shifting in terms of the questions we’re asking, both in storytelling as well as [how to] protect individuals … from the abuse of power. Many of us are working specifically with our unions, like myself and Screen Actors Guild, to reconsider and create a very different code of conduct that protects young actors in the audition process, a seemingly simple thing, but many stories we heard occurred [during auditions].”
Back to the Milestones Luncheon. It will be held at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, November 16.
* Photo courtesy of Junior League of Dallas