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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

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Theater West To Honor Beau Bridges At 50th Anniversary Gala

Theatre West kicked off their 50th Anniversary with a reception at the luxurious Montage Residences in Beverly Hills honoring actor Beau Bridges.

Emily Bridges (Beau's Daughter), Lucinda Bridges, Beau Bridges and wife Wendy Treece

Emily Bridges (Beau’s Daughter), Lucinda Bridges, Beau Bridges and wife Wendy Treece (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)

The event unveiled a drawing of the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award, designed by Lucinda Bridges to be awarded to Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Beau Bridges at the Theatre West 50th Anniversary Gala this September 13, 2012 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Beau Bridges and his family, along with a host of entertainment industry friends, enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at a reception celebrating the kick-off of the 50th Anniversary of Theatre West.

Beau Bridges was born in 1941 to acting parents Lloyd and Dorothy Bridges. His younger brother is also-well-known actor Jeff Bridges. Both brothers appeared in a CBS anthology series on their father’s show in 1962 -1963 called The Lloyd Bridges Show. Beau worked steadily in television and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Feature films of note during this time were “The Other Side of the Mountain” (1975), “Greased Lightning” (1977), “Norma Rae” (1979), “Heart Like a Wheel” (1983) and “The Hotel New Hampshire” (1984). In 1989, he starred opposite his brother Jeff as one of The Fabulous Baker Boys. In the 1993–94 television season, Bridges appeared with his father in the 15-episode CBS comedy/western series, “Harts of the West”, set at a dude ranch in Nevada. In 1995, Bridges starred with his father and his son Dylan in “The Sandkings”, the two-part pilot episode of the Showtime science fiction series, “The Outer Limits”. In 1998, he starred as Judge Bob Gibbs in the one-season “Maximum Bob” on ABC. He had a recurring role in the Showtime series “Beggars and Choosers” (1999–2000).

Beau Bridges with sister Lucinda Bridges, unveiling the Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award

Beau Bridges with sister Lucinda Bridges, unveiling the Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award. (Photo Credit: Vince Bucci)

From 2002 to 2003, he took on the role of Senator Tom Gage, newly appointed director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in over 30 episodes of the drama series “The Agency”. In January 2005, he was cast as Major General Hank Landry, the new commander of Stargate Command in “Stargate SG-1″. He also played the character in five episodes of the spin-off series “Stargate Atlantis”. In November 2005, he guest-starred as Carl Hickey, the father of the title character in the hit NBC Comedy My Name Is Earl”. Bridges’s character became recurring. Bridges received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance.

In 2008, Bridges co-starred in the motion picture Max Payne”, based on the video game character. Bridges portrayed “BB” Hensley, an ex-cop who aides Mark Wahlberg‘s character on his quest to bring down a serial killer. The film got mixed reviews, but Bridges’ participation was noted for being a positive one. It was not the first motion picture with Bridges regarding the video game world: “The Wizard” had him in a role as a lumber company owner that would later find, like his son Jimmy (played by actor Luke Edwards), to have a skill with NES games. On February 8, 2009, Cynthia NixonBlair Underwood and Bridges won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for their recording of Al Gore‘s An Inconvenient Truth. In 2009, Bridges guest-starred as Eli Scruggs on the 100th episode of “Desperate Housewives” and received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance.

Executive Director Theatre West, John Gallogly; Connie Sawyer one of the oldest members of the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences. (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)

Theatre West is an internationally acclaimed non profit arts organization in Hollywood, Calif. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angeles. Their productions have toured both sides of the Atlantic, including the Edinburgh and Dublin Festivals, New York City, Atlanta, South Carolina, Seattle, San Francisco, and throughout California. Over the years Theatre West’s plays have transferred to Broadway (Spoon River Anthology, Aesop in Central Park) and to feature films (A Bronx Tale, Faithful). Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars have made Theatre West their artistic home, including Betty Garrett, Lee Meriwether, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O’Connor, Harold Gould, Beau Bridges, Martin Landau, Bridget Hanley and Philip Abbott.

Theatre West routinely gives back to the community through benefits for local schools, the Valley Jewish Storefront, Hollygrove Orphanage, S.T.A.G.E., APLA, Concern II and other groups. In 2006 alone they raised $6,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights A.I.D.S.

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