Loni Anderson received the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award for her many distinguished years as an actress, activist, and best selling author. The award was presented by Allen Perris at the Sportsmen's Lodge on Friday, June 1, 2018.
Loni Anderson is best known for her role as the "sexy-yet-smartest-person-in-the-room receptionist" Jennifer Marlowe on the CBS hit series WKRP in Cincinnati. She received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations during the show's run from 1978-1982.
The dais included Kate Edelman Johnson, Deidre Hall, Dierdre Hoffman (Loni's daughter), Lorna Luft and Bruce Vilanch with his alter ego Edna Turnblad.
April 20, 2018: Rich Little was awarded the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" for his outstanding and extensive work as a Master Impressionist and Comic.
The Dias included: Actress Loni Anderson, Comedian Harry Basil, Actor and Comedian Tom Dreesen, Actress Ruta Lee and Television and Radio Personality Peter Marshall.
Rich LIttle with Actree Ruta Lee
March 16, 2018: Dame Joan Collins was awarded the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" for her outstanding and extensive work as an actress, producer, and author.
The Dias included: actress & singer Diahann Carrol, producer & husband Percy Gibson, public relations consultant Jeffrey Lane, singer & songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, TV producer George Schlatter and actress & model Alana Stewart.
February 9, 2018: Donna was awarded the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" presented by Chuck Street. Donna is probably best known for her starring role on Knott's Landing, the longest-running primetime drama in the US.
By special arrangement, Johnny Mathis, Grammy-winning jazz vocalist, stopped in to surprise Diane Schuur during lunch.
The dais included: James Lee Ryan, Jolie Keyser, Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee, David Jacobs and Dennie Gordon. Also present were Johnny Mathis, and Ru Paul.
February 10, 2017: Legendary George Schlatter received the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" presented by Alan Perris.
George Schlatter is the prolific TV producer and director who created "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."
On the Dais: Jo Anne Worley, Sarah PUrcell, Bruce Vilanch, Fred Willard and Tony Danza.
June 16, 2017: Al Michaels was the honored recipient of the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" presented by Alan Perris.
Al is one of the most renowned sports broadcasters of all time. The Associated Press calls him "TV's best play-by-play announcer." He is starting his 12th season on NBC's Sunday Night Football, extending his record 32 years as the voice of the NFL in prime time.
The dais included: Vin Scully, Bob Miller, Joe Cohen, Rich Eisen and Chuck Henry.
May 19, 2017: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. were presented the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" by Alan Perris at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.
Marilyn is known for her hit "Up, Up, and Away," "One Less Bell to Answer," and the medley "Aquarius.Let the Sunshine In." Together, they have received 7 Grammys, 15 gold & 3 platinum records, they have starred on TV, stage and for sold out crowds around the world.
Members of the dais were: Lou Gossett Jr., Florence La Rue, Joan van Ark, Kathy Ireland, Harry Elston, Pat Boone and Wink Martindale.
September 30, 2016: Mary Hart best known for her time as the host of ET, was presented the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" by Alan Perris.
Mary hosted ET for 29 years, 1982-2011, and was a pioneer broadcaster for entertainment newscasts.
The Dais included: supermodel Cindy Crawford, former ET executive producer Linda Bell Blue, former ET colleague Leeza Gibbons, current ET co-host Kevin Frazier, political consultant and Fox News analyst Frank Luntz and comedy writer Roberta Kent.
November 18, 2016: The infamous Regis Philbin was honored with the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" by Alan Perris for his work as an entertaining storyteller and TV icon.
Regis holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on US TV. To date, at the age of 85, he has nearly 17,000 hours in front of the camera.
The Dais included: Tom Battista, AM Los Angeles co-host Sarah Purcell, "CHiPs" producer Rick Roser, producer/ director Larry Einhorn, producer Steve Ober, and former president of ABC-TV John Severino.
October 6, 2017: Frankie Valli was presented the "Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award" by Alan Perris for his long and prominent career as a singer.
Frankie was best known for his work with the Four Seasons and such songs as: "Big Girls Don't Cry," Walk Like A Man," "Rag Doll," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." The Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
On the Dais: Wink Martindale, Kenny Nolan, Jim Gosnell, Richie Palmer, Bruce Charet, Robby Robinson and Joey Reynolds.