By Valerie Milano and Judy Shields

Hollywood, California (The Hollywood Times) 05/12/2023 – “For most, our mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend. Our mother’s love is unconditional and only grows stronger over a lifetime,” said Donelle Dadigan, founder and president of the Hollywood Museum.

Donelle Dadigan President and Founder of The Hollywood Museum (Photo THT)

What a great way to start off Mother’s Day weekend, then spending some time on the red carpet with many Movie Star Mother’s and women that played Mothers on TV.  We had fun talking with all those mothers and gentleman stars who were there to pay tribute to their mothers.  It was really an honor to meet and speak with Jerry Mathers and his 96 year old mother Marilyn.  She looked amazing and had a smile on her face that lit up Highland and Hollywood Blvd.  Cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres as celebrities, invited guest and press mingled about before taking a seat.  A great way to spend mother’s day this Sunday.  So come on out to Hollywood to visit the Hollywood Museum at the Historic Max Factor Bldg, located at 1660 N. Highland Avenue at Hollywood Boulevard.

Jerry & Marilyn Mathers (Leave It To Beaver) (Photo THT)

Among the noted event speakers were Constance Towers  (GH/Capitol/Love Is A Many Slendor Thing), Michael Learned (The Waltons/DAHMER), Susan Olsen (The Brady Bunch), Jim Meskimen (Gaslit/The Big Door Prize and son of Marion Ross), Bob Beitcher (President/CEO of MPTF), as well as Jerry Mathers (Leave It To Beaver) and his mother, Marilyn Mathers (President of the Motion Picture Mothers Organization). Among the special videos for the event were submitted by Lesley Anne Warren, Sharon Gless, Debra Messing, Constance Marie, Dolph Lundgren, Nancy Travis and Smokey Robinson (Collected by BJ Korros), with audio/video by Aaron Schulze, camera by Aditya Gupta and technical director and Editor, Marc Saltarelli.

Personalities in attendance included: Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), Brenda Dickson (Y&R), Carolyn Hennesy (GH/True Blood), Conner Dean (9-1-1), Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), Elaine Ballace (The Rich & the Ruthless), Erin Murphy (Bewitched), Geoffrey Mark (Emmy Winner and Best Selling Author), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Kathy Kola (The Heart of War), Kathy Garver (Family Affair), Keith Coogan (The Waltons), Kevin Spirtas (2023 Daytime Emmy Nominee/Days of Our Lives), Kim Estes (Emmy Winner/Fatal Attraction), Kym Karath (The Sound of Music), Meredith Thomas (Y&R/B&B), Nancy Harding (Keeping Up With The Jones), Steve Wishnoff (OZ), and Tyrone Dubose (The Unsung), Mandy Fason, Lindsay Greenbush (Little House on the Prairie) Julie Rogers (Granddaughter of Roy & Dale Rogers) and more.

The invitation for the invited VIP guest and media:

WHAT: Hollywood Mothers – The term brings to mind images ranging from June Cleaver, Olivia Walton, Louise Jefferson and Mrs. Brady to Norma Bates and Mommy Dearest.  The reality falls somewhere in between. The Hollywood Museum will host a photo exhibit dedicated the Mother’s Day to pay homage to the matriarchs of the MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS organization and  the most celebrated working moms in entertainment with loving and amusing images with their family’s.  Hollywood Mothers – The term brings to mind images ranging from Mrs. Brady to Mommy Dearest.  The reality falls somewhere in between.  For most, our mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.  Our mother’s love is unconditional and only grows stronger over a lifetime. In celebration of this one-of-a-kind relationship, the Hollywood Museum is honored to present a never-before-seen combined collection of images dedicated to that special mother in our lives in honor of Mother’s Day.  Children have a special bond with their mothers and they pass on that love to their own kids. Our exhibit personifies that fact, given the overwhelming response from entertainments elite that responded to the call for entries, offering their favorite and private images to say “Happy Mother’s Day” to celebrate the most caring and inspiring mother’s in their lives.

Partial overview of the Mother’s Day Exhibit and tribute to Motion Picture Mothers (Photo: Bill Dow, courtesy of the Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Times was on the red carpet and here are those interviews for you to enjoy all about Mothers and Happy Mother’s Day:

WHERE: The Hollywood Museum – Located in world famous Max Factor building – 1660 North Hollywood Blvd (Corner of Highland Ave & Hollywood Blvd)

PARTIAL LIST OF PHOTO EXHIBIT PARTICIPANTS: Adrienne Barbeau, Alison Arngrim, Angela Cartwright, Beyonce, Blyth Danner, Bob Bergen, Brad Pitt, Brittney Spears, Carl Reiner, Carrie Fisher, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Charlize Theron, Chita Rivera, Ciara, Cloris Leachman, Conner Dean, Connie Stevens, Darby Hinton, Dakota Johnson, Dawn Wells, Debbie Reynolds, Dee Wallace, Diana Lansleen, Donna Karan, Donna Mills, Drew Barrymore, Francis Fisher, Francesca Eastwood, Gabriel Stone, Gates McFadden, Gene Lockhart, Geoffrey Mark, George Chakiris, Geri Jewell, Gilbert Godfried, Gloria Allred, Gloria Steinem, Goldie Hawn, Gwen Stefanie, Halle Berry, Ilene Graff, Jack Jones, Jade Barrymore, Jax Malcolmn, Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Jerry Mathers, Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, Joan Van Ark, Joanna Kerns, Joely Fisher, Joanna Kerns, Jon Provost, Julie Newmar, Judy Norton, Judy Tenuta, June Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart, Kim Kardashian, Karen Grassle, Kate Linder, Kathy Garver, Kellie Martin, Lee Purcell, Leeza Gibbons, Lily Tomlin, Linda Purl, Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Madonna, Marilu Henner, Marion Ross, Michael Feinstein, Michael Learned, Melanie Griffith, Nikka Lanzarone, Norma MacMillan, Olympia Dukakis, Reese Witherspoon, Rich Little, Rose Marie, Roslyn Kind, Ruta Lee, Sally Jesse Raphael, Sandra Bullock, Selena Gomez, Stefanie Powers, Tina Fay, Tippi Hedren, Tom Cruise, Valerie Harper, Vincent De Paul and more

Enjoy these Photos by Bill Dow, courtesy of the Hollywood Museum:


The Motion Picture Mothers were organized 84 years ago in 1939 by mothers of stars of the day, to help actors and actresses coming to California from New York. The Moms not for profit organization started the club to rally around, and anonymously providing baskets of food to those in need. To this day they continue their charitable work by supporting the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF) which operates “The Actors’ Country House” in Woodland Hills. The beautiful grounds, lodgings, hospital and theatre are “home” to entertainment industry retirees from both sides of the camera.The Moms donations to the MPTF have all been given to enhance the lives of the residents and have included golf carts to transport residents around the campus, a wheelchair accessible van, hospital beds, television sets for hospital residents, and many more.

Perhaps Hollywood’s best kept secret is the fact that the Motion Picture Mothers are the most outstanding producers!  Please click this link to learn more about the mothers’ story…https://mptf.com/motion-picture-mothers/

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM: The Hollywood Museum, located in the historic Max Factor Building is the official museum of Hollywood and a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation showcasing more than 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures, spotlighting 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies. The museum features Hollywood’s Golden Era of Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! The Hollywood Museum offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world – featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making. The Hollywood Museum includes one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows. Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave, just steps from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum has been named the #1 top tourist attraction in Hollywood by LA Weekly and recently the #1 spot on “Things to Do” by leading travel bloggers, as well as one of the “Top 10” Museums in LA by the LA Tourism and Convention Board and Trip Advisor.

REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
REGULAR TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.
ADDRESS: 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90028
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