LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hugh Jackman threw himself a birthday party with 4,500 guests, but they had to pay to attend.
The actor spent his 45th birthday Saturday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where he sang, danced and told stories for "One Night Only," a benefit concert that raised $1.85 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
"This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday," he said after the show. "I chose my favorite songs and told stories about my life."
Backed by a 17-member orchestra, Jackman performed a variation of his recent Broadway show, with personal stories, a few film clips and selections from classic Hollywood musicals — including a tap-dancing routine during "Singin' in the Rain." He talked about his family, sang a tribute to his wife and shared music and images of his native Australia.
"A lot of guys would say to their wife, 'Do you mind if I go play golf with my buddies?' That's how I am about the show," he said. "I love it. If there's a song I don't like, I cut it and bring in a new song. Everything is something I want to do. So to be here tonight, supporting this cause -- and it couldn't have been a more generous crowd if it tried -- in every way it was great."
Jackman said he donated his birthday performance to the Motion Picture & Television Fund because it offers "that unconditional helping hand you get in a family." The organization provides health care and other services to entertainment-industry workers and retirees.
Cybill Shepherd, Bryan Singer, Darren Criss and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager were among the famous faces in the industry-heavy audience for the two-and-a-half-hour show, which ended with Jackman auctioning off an electric Fiat, a pair of Wolverine claws and two sweaty undershirts he wore during the night's performance. The shirts went for $11,000 each.
Love to see Hollywood types giving back. Way to go. We should all read quote below and each one try to help our country when we can:
Take responsibility at all times
Express gratitude for every gift and opportunity
Become a source of love.
If any of you naysayers had bothered to research the organization before flapping your uninformed gums, you would have learned that it reaches out to all people who have worked in the industry and may now need help. It's not just for retired movie stars and specific criteria determines if you really are in need, so as not to give to someone who is undeserving....so to speak. He has helped other charities along the way also, and the man deserves to be thanked for his generosity and concern for others.
As someone once said, "Tis better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt." A lot of you should remember that the next time you want to put your uneducated thoughts down for someone else to read.
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