A unique, one-of-a-kind gala is coming up soon. This Red Carpet, Black Tie event is being presented to honor the lifetime achievements of the legendary Iranian actress for theater, television and motion pictures, Apick Youssefian. It’s an Evening of Stars and it takes place on Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at the Brandview Ballroom, 109 E. Harvard Street, in Glendale California. Starting at 5:30 PM, this unique event will be a celebration of 60 years in the field of entertainment for Ms. Youssefian. There will be many A-list celebrities – Persian, Armenian, and American – as well as community leaders, such as congressmen and the mayors of Glendale and Beverly Hills. A Champagne Reception will be followed by a magnificent sit-down dinner. Celebrities will be performing throughout, and many city and state officials and organizations such as ARPA International Film Festival will be presenting Ms. Youssefian with Life Achievement awards. The show is directed and produced by Mary Apick.
Performing celebrities include:
Andy, Diane Baker, Leyla Forouhar, Gharib Afshar, Ken Davitian,
Homa Sarshar, Shahram Shapare, Shani, Parviz Sayyad, Parviz Kardan, Parviz Sayyad, Martik Morteza, Homayoun Khosravi, Houri Sadler,
Loris Tjeckanvorian, comedian Max Amini.
Other dignitaries and celebrities include:
Sheriff Lee Bacca, Armenia’s Consul General Grigor Hovannesian,
Mayor Jimmy Delshad, designer Shahla Dorriz and many more
Masters of Ceremony:
Suzi Khatami, Alex Kalognomos & Vache Mangassarian
One of the pioneers of the theatre, film and television industry in pre-revolution Iran, Apick Youssefian’s professional acting career started at a very young age with the Jaffari Theatre Group. This was followed by a starring role in Oskooi’s Theatre Group and Ms. Loretta. She earned recognition as Best Actress two years in a row by the national press. During her time in Iran, she starred in nine feature films and numerous television and stage productions, including Amir Arsalan, Ali Noghli, Sarkar Ostavar, and Octopus. She was the first woman feature film and television producer in Iran. She became so popular, and was so well loved, that the people of her home city named her Honorary Mayor. After being featured in the film The Legend of Omar Khayyamwith Diane Baker and Venessa Redgrave, and co-starring in a series of children’s videos, Apick Youssefian returned to the stage in the Critic’s Choice play Beneath the Veil,which was written produced and directed by her daughter; the Internationally Award Winning Actress and Human Rights Activist Mary Apick.