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Because we annually contribute as a member to The Roar Foundation/Shambala Preserve for the big cats, Tippi Hedren, the President and Founder, told us about an upcoming theatrical production of interest. This one-night-only performance was on Saturday, June 7, so we decided to attend “Remembering the Ladies.”

It was a fabulous, knock-your-socks-off show at the Colony Theater in Burbank that starred singer Toni Morrell from Great Britain and her talented

husband and musical director of the show, David Dial. The show pays loving tribute to the legendary ladies of film, stage, comedy, and music through character impersonations and comedic humor by Toni. Captivating on-screen images were used throughout. The Hitchcock blondes were a segment of the show and tied into that was a film of the big cats by William Dow who is the photographer for the

Shambala Preserve. It showed how well these wild animals look because of the care received at Shambala.

As a surprise, there were many celebrities in the audience, such as Loni Anderson who got up and gave David Dial a big hug. Toni introduced many of the celebs–Shirley Jones and her hubby Marty Ingels, Louis Gossett, Jr., Linda Gray, Kristy McNichol, Ann Jeffreys to name a few. Even the famous hairdresser to the stars, Jose Eber, wearing a cowboy hat attended the show.

What we came away with after experiencing this event is that we got to hold on to the glamour and sentimentality of yesterday that is so difficult in today’s world. We saw and heard what these legendary ladies have left us to remember forever. And last but certainly not least is what Tippi Hedren has contributed by establishing Shambala to help save the wild cats that others have neglected and mistreated.

For more details about the Shambala/The Roar Foundation, go to www.shambala.org

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