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Steve Attended Red Buttons Tribute
Steve isn't mentioned in this article, although he was there. You can find pics at wireimage.com and elsewhere.
City News Service
August 7, 2006 Monday 9:16 AM PST
CENTURY CITY, California
Red Buttons, the carrot-topped comedian who conquered stages from Broadway to Hollywood, will be remembered tonight in a star- studded tribute.
Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rooney, Connie Stevens and Robert Forster are a few of the stars set to honor Buttons tonight. The comedian died on July 12 of vascular disease. He was 87.
Buttons was known for a razor-sharp wit and surprising depth as an actor. He won an Oscar in 1957 with a dramatic turn in "Sayonara" after battling to convince the filmmakers that a comedian could play a dramatic role.
Tonight's invitation-only tribute is being hosted and produced by Arthur Kassel, a friend. He plans to show clips from Buttons' performances.
"Red Buttons was a special and loyal friend of mine for many decades," Kassel said. "This celebration of his life is necessary for those of us who have lost such an important part of our lives. Many of us need to say goodbye to Red in the environment of laughter and good causes that he lived for."
Kassel also said it would be "an evening of closure" and "a send-off he more than deserves."
Also scheduled to attend the event, among others, are Larry King, Martin Landau, Rob Reiner, Joe Montegna, Bill Maher, Loni Anderson, Sheriff Lee Baca, former Gov. Gray Davis, Paula Prentiss, Richard Benjamin, Charles Durning, Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts, Pia Zadora, Elliot Gould, Ed Asner, Barbara Eden and Valerie Harper.