Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund 50th Anniversary

Ahmanson Theater

Los Angeles, California

June 13, 1971

Stars attend Relief Fund benefit

The Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund is a service organization that offers health care, retirement care, and other services to entertainment industry employees and retirees in the Southern California area.

In 1971, Gregory Peck served as Chairman and as producer of its 50th Anniversary Gala.

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David Frost introduced Streisand. Joe Guercio conducted for Streisand, who (Billboard, Variety and the L.A. Times reported) sang five songs:

Variety reported “Miss Streisand interjected bits of humor with a teacart and supply of simulated marijuana ‘joints.’”

(Note: Barbra was performing a five-song version of her Las Vegas act, including the marijuana bit which was recorded on the Live at the Forum album.)

Streisand on stage

That evening's performance also turned into a Sinatra “farewell” show, as he had recently announced his retirement from the concert stage. (Sinatra returned to live performing a few years later.) Columnist Army Archerd wrote: “Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand in the front row, held hands, sat spellbound, watching Frank's last, dramatic appearance ...”

Sinatra sings final concert

Many stars attended, including Diahann Carrol, David Frost, David Niven, Ali McGraw, Rock Hudson and a special appearance by Princess Grace of Monaco.

Princess Grace, Cary Grant and Streisand

Below: Pictured in performance that evening (from left to right) Streisand and Princess Grace; Cary Grant and Jack Benny; Namath, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bailey in the center of a celebrity line.

stars on stage

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