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THE DIANA FOUNDATION
Diana Foundation began on March 25, 1954, when a dozen gay friends met
for a cocktail party in an apartment at 3416 Louisiana Street. There
would be cocktails, appetizers, party chatter, and the television broadcast
of the Academy Awards.
A large plaster statue of the goddess Diana was in the living room that night - thanks to Curtis who dressed windows for Sakowitz Department Store. She would later become the namesake for what developed into an annual pre-Oscar roast amongst gay friends that continued the next year and has never skipped a beat right up to the current day.
year the party grew larger, moving from private homes to an adult movie
theater to the Sheraton Hotel to the Tower Theater and finally the Wortham
and other locations.
the last lavish production was presented. Responding to the times, the
Diana Foundation downsized their annual event, replacing the production
numbers with a sit-down dinner and a select number of awards. On