Marissa O'Donnell/Bruce Willis at CASA Benefit in LA

Dina
Dina

September 5th, 2008, 10:19 pm #1

I noticed on Marissa O's website, in her resume, the CASA benefit in LA (from a few years back) says "CASA Benefit w/Bruce Willis". Why does it have to have his name in there? I know he attended it, but did he have a special role there or do you think it's included in there because he is a big celebrity? Is that supposed to enhance her credibilty or something? If it was for the latter reason, my opinion is that it's not necessary to write that, unless he was the primary draw the event or something...but even then..to me it looks kind of weird. Julie or anyone else, what do you think? It's not even like he has some big association with theatre--he is a film/TV star.
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

September 5th, 2008, 11:28 pm #2

He may be on the Board of CASA or a big donor to the organization. They use celebrities here to help get the press and other celebrities to come out and support non-profits. It's very common. Trust me, CASA was thrilled to be able to use Bruce Willis's fame and celebrity name to help raise awareness or get other celebrities on the Board as well.

I recently worked on a public service announcement (as a Studio Teacher) for an organization that Jamie Lee Curtis is supporting and she was the star of the commercial.

Julie
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Dina
Dina

September 5th, 2008, 11:42 pm #3

I do understand that, but I am wondering if it is common on resumes of theatrical performers (or any performer, in general) to add on a name like that. In a typical child's resume, would they something like "ANNIE, with Nell Carter", etc. Do you know what I mean? I guess I haven't seen it all that often...maybe the occasional time in a Playbill bio, but...I guess those Playbill bios come straight from the resume...
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Dina
Dina

September 5th, 2008, 11:47 pm #4

I understand why Bruce was there at the benefit and how it was a draw, but why on her resume? I just don't know if it necessarily raises her own credibility...maybe it does--I don't know. I mean, we know as Annie Marissa was not performing songs from the show at a local YMCA or in a high school gym or something...obviously she is a professional, being the lead role in a national tour directed by Martin Charnin.
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

September 5th, 2008, 11:53 pm #5

Ah, now I understand your question. You were wondering why Marissa would include his name on her resume. My best guess would be that most people are not familiar with the organization, CASA, so by adding Bruce Willis's name to the credit, it lends it more credibility as a professional gig. I'm sure it was exciting for Marissa to meet celebrities at that event, even though she was the star of the show.

Julie
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Kim Ryan
Kim Ryan

September 6th, 2008, 12:10 am #6

Sorry to jump in on this one, but as far as I recall, at least at that time, Bruce Willis was the head of this foundation, and likely still is. I would attach his name to it if one of my daughter's appeared with him the way Marissa did, too, since many people might not know what CASA is until it's equated w/Bruce's name. In fact, Marissa appeared in People magazine w/ Bruce, in photos taken at the event. Molly and Lindsay still talk about how they were orphans on stage, lying in their beds just before the start of the show, when Bruce made an opening night speech on stage and then emerged back through the curtains and said a sweet 'hello' to all the girls. That was very fun, as was the entire run in LA, including the LAT red carpet event with Julie and the former orphans.

Here is the press release on the CASA event:

http://www.casala.org/edit-documents/CA ... 3.2005.pdf

I want to also add what a pro then-11-year-old Marissa was, handling numerous changes in the show, a HUGE press event, paparazzi like we never saw before and dealing with major celebrities with Martin, Charles and Thomas watching. She acted like she did it every day, and she made all of us proud. She is a real pro and deserves even more kudos on her resume than just one line with the name Bruce Willis - because what she did that night was represent the cast, crew, Annie then and now, a major creative team, CASA and The Pantages theatre with utter style and class.

Thanks for the opportunity to brag on my little friend, Marissa!

Kim

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Dina
Dina

September 6th, 2008, 12:43 am #7

Thanks so much for telling us more about that night, Kim. That sounds amazing..what a great night for all the girls!! And I do remember the pic in "People".

Dina
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Dina
Dina

September 6th, 2008, 12:44 am #8

Ah, now I understand your question. You were wondering why Marissa would include his name on her resume. My best guess would be that most people are not familiar with the organization, CASA, so by adding Bruce Willis's name to the credit, it lends it more credibility as a professional gig. I'm sure it was exciting for Marissa to meet celebrities at that event, even though she was the star of the show.

Julie
Thanks Julie. It makes sense.

Dina
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