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Gwyneth Paltrow, Bonnie Hunt, and Blythe Danner

Women in Film Honor the Paltrow Family

"I've just had a baby, in case you've been living in a cave," the elegant Gwyneth Paltrow quipped, talking about her newborn baby daughter, Apple, as she accepted this year's Women In Film's Crystal & Lucy award at a recent benefit dinner, which also honored her mother, the esteemed actress Blythe Danner and their respective father and husband, the late writer/director Bruce Paltrow. Women in Television and Film is an organization in both New York and Los Angeles comprised of the most powerful women in both fields. The evening started with a silent auction featuring exclusive items from Bvlgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, David Orgell, Prada, Second Time Around, David Yurman, and Zina Jewelry. The evening's hostess was the always witty television star Bonnie Hunt. Jack Black, who introduced his frequent co-star Gwyneth, told the power crowd of ladies, "I'm really a woman, but I had to fake it and be a man to keep working in this town. Will & Grace's Debra Messing introduced Blythe by saying, "This women's talent is something that us actresses hope to have a tenth of, if we're lucky." Veteran actor Morgan Freeman called Blythe, "hands down, the most talented actress I've ever worked with." Steven Spielberg ended the night by calling his best friend of 31 years, the late Bruce Paltrow, "by far, the most honest, talented man I've ever had the honor to know." He then instructed the crowd to light a candle on their tables in honor of Bruce's memory. Other celebrities attending were Paramount executive, Sherry Lansing, Six Feet Under's Mena Suvari and The Practice's Camryn Manheim. The night ended with Women in Film establishing the Bruce Paltrow Scholarship Fund for young women starting their careers in showbiz. In all, it was a lovely and moving event to celebrate a talented, unique family.
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