EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama isn’t running for any office but the former First Lady can sure draw a well heeled crowd that would be the envy of any politician, as was the case last night at Bryan Lourd’s place.
Just 48 hours after appearing on-stage with Gayle King at this year’s Essence Festival in Atlanta, the best-selling Becoming author was in Los Angeles on Monday.
With some meetings in relation to her and the former President’s Higher Ground Productions earlier in the day, Mrs. Obama also dropped by the CAA kingpin and spouse Bruce Bozzi’s well outfitted Westwood pad to talk about the Obama Foundation and its non-profit work.
“She was amazing,” one attendee told Deadline. “So candid and refreshing.” This was no formal speech get together, but the ex-First Lady did participate in a moderated conversation before the other guests, I’m told.
Distinctly not a fundraiser, the intimate informational gathering of about 50 people at Lourd’s pad included Universal Filmed Entertainment Group boss Donna Langley, the newly divorced Mackenzie Bezos, long time Obama pal Bradley Cooper and the CAA co-chair’s daughter Billie.
Also in attendance were mega-producer Shonda Rhimes, director Spike Jonze, Edye Broad, Watchmen main man Damon Lindeoff, Warner Bros film exec Niija Kuykendall, and Kerry Washington. Filling out the CAA card, agency president Richard Lovett and managing partner Kevin Huvane were at the event too, along with producer Phil Rosenthal and venture capitalist Aviv Nevo.
Of course, a lot of those names are the same ones that we see when big ticket Democrats come out for a session at the Hollywood ATM. On the calendar already Kamala Harris has another Tinseltown fundraiser set for July 21, just over a week before the next set of debates among the Dems seeking to take on Donald Trump next year.