Stars stage AIDS benefit at Henry Fonda Music Box

HOLLYWOOD — Stars of several hot television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and Heroes, hit the stage Saturday at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater for a variety show to benefit AIDS causes.

And one couple, House stars Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, didn’t let last week’s headlines announcing the end of their real-life engagement interfere with an entertaining date night.

Though the two walked the carpet separately at the annual Hot in Hollywood variety show, they sat together near the stage and were both high bidders at an auction with host Jaime Pressly.

Bidding $6,000, Spencer won Rolling Stones and Elvis memorabilia, while Morrison got an Andy Warhol lithograph of Marilyn Monroe for $7,000.

But will the items ever be displayed in the same home? Spencer remained mum, saying only, “She’s a great girl, but I can’t say anything more.”

Still, the couple stayed together all evening, going to the rooftop of the theater to smoke cigarettes and drink beer past midnight.

My Name Is Earl‘s Pressly returned for her second time as host — a tribute to her favorite Uncle Alan, who died of AIDS in the ’80s.

After a Randolph Duke dress made of Salvation Army neckties that she was modeling sold for only $5,000, Pressly chastised the crowd for not bidding higher: “Lighten up,” she said.

Her scolding worked. Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia, with cropped hair, promptly donated $7,000 to sit in a chair while Pressly performed a sexy rendition of Fever for him.

A bigger spender at the auction was Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, who bid $35,000 for a Toyota Prius.

“I already drive a hybrid Highlander, so now I have two hybrids,” said Ferrera, who was heading to Duke’s home today to shop for an Emmys dress.

Ferrera’s Betty co-stars Michael Urie and Becki Newton dressed up as Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand to sing You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. “It was a big fight, but Becki’s playing Barbra and I’m playing Neil,” cracked Urie.

“We’ve been practicing it on set every day,” Newton added.

Ferrera took the stage to sing a number from Gypsy. Crossing Jordan‘s Jerry O’Connell was her backup dancer. Earlier, O’Connell was sweating bullets over his drag costume — a woman’s wig, high heels, underpants and a hot-pink sparkly bikini top that showed off more than he would have liked. “You can see everything,” he sighed.

The bit was inspired by a Broadway trip that Ferrera took this summer with O’Connell and his wife, Rebecca Romijn. The trio joined Newton and Urie to see Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, who plays Urie’s mom on Betty.

Heroes villain Zachary Quinto lined up co-stars Sendhil Ramamurthy, Jack Coleman and James Kyson Lee to perform a medley. They were introduced by Ventimiglia, who told Quinto, “I’m not a singer. I’ll pick up your microphone if it falls.”

But it was Grey’s Anatomy‘s Sara Ramirez, a Tony winner for Spamalot, who brought down the house with a rendition of The Man That Got Away from 1954’s A Star Is Born.

In the audience: Shar Jackson, who performed in last year’s show. She said she is standing by her ex, Kevin Federline, in his custody battle with his ex-wife, Britney Spears, over their sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. “I can’t speak about her parenting, but I know he’s an amazing dad,” said Jackson, who has a daughter, Kori, 4, and a son, Kaleb, 3, with Federline.



1 Response to “Stars stage AIDS benefit at Henry Fonda Music Box”

  1. September 12, 2007 at 3:01 pm

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