Monday, April 16, 2007

Y&R's Judith Chapman Honored

The television academy showed off the Coachella Valley's contribution to its industry Sunday at a luncheon at Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Pacific Southwest Chapter honored four Coachella Valley residents with 50 years in TV and three with 25 years of service.

The Gold Circle inductees were director William Asher, actress Kaye Ballard, marionette designer Velma Dawson, and the late writer-producer Sidney Sheldon, represented by Barbara Eden of his TV creation, "I Dream of Jeannie."

The Silver Circle inductees: actress Judith Chapman, TV journalist David Garcia, and writer-director David Lee.

This chapter of NATAS, best known for passing out Emmys, covers the area around Los Angeles from San Diego to Las Vegas to Bakersfield.

Forty-two people in the U.S. have been inducted into the NATAS Gold Circle, and 201 have made it into the Silver Circle from the Pacific Southwest Chapter.

More than 500 people came to show their support.

Asher, famed for directing some of Lucille Ball's best comedy sketches, filled three tables with attendees.

Chapman drew colleagues from her show, The Young and the Restless, and Ballard attracted supporters David Kaminsky and Ric and Rozene Supple, who she said the Palm Springs film festival "would have never happened without."

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