NWIFT Honors Vanessa Williams And Distinguished Women
The MUSE awards luncheon empowers all women!
BettyConfidential was on hand at the New York Hilton last week to watch Vanessa Williams, Pat Swinney Kaufman (Executive Director of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture), Cindi Berger (CEO of PMK BNC Public Relations) and Abbe Raven (CEO of A&E Television Networks) accept their achievement awards from the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) association.
The highlight of the inspiring occasion was when 95-year-old Marsha Hunt received The Loreen Arbus Award for those who take action and effect change. The gifted performer has been an activist for innumerable cases for nearly seven decades. As she asked the awestruck crowd to “slow down” and shared her pleasure at being able to come back to New York City for a final visit and the joy she felt at admiring the Rockefeller Center tree, the room of often cynical New Yorkers was at once brought to tears. Marsha, you are our new Betty heroine.
It’s almost comical that Vanessa Williams’ two recent shows include the words “Desperate” and “Ugly.” She is so spectacularly beautiful!
We all sang Happy Birthday to her mom. Vanessa in her speech credited her mom for a lot of Willhemina’s (her Ugly Betty character) scary characteristics — including her “icy stare” and her “constant state of annoyance” and her “love of libation.” We wonder if Vanessa got a spanking from mom after the show! At the end of her speech she thanked everyone for “allowing me to be me.”
All of the women thanked the other women in their lives — how important to have strong friendships and female mentors.
Sarah Polonsky is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.