Ellen Gets Generous for Charity
April 22, 2005

The Emmy-winning queen of daytime, Ellen DeGeneres, hosted the 25th anniversary charity fundraiser for the United Friends of the Children Thursday night in Beverly Hills.

"It's to help foster children have a better chance once they get out of the system," Ellen explained.

And the night's guests of honor just happened to be Ellen's top boss: Warner Brother's chairman and CEO Barry Meyer and wife Wendy Smith Meyer. "We've both been involved, especially Wendy, for the last few years," Berry told us.

Another one of Ellen's employers, Telepictures President Jim Paratore, was also among a who's who of Hollywood powerbrokers at the event. "Are you trying to make me nervous?" Ellen joked.

Maria Shriver also attended, and she talked to "Extra" about her dramatic career change from TV newswoman to California first lady. "I miss my journalism," Shriver admitted. "I miss the people in journalism. But I'm trying to do this job with grace and dignity, and I'm fully aware it's a job."

But the governor's wife, and author of a new best-seller about rules for success, had a question of her own for "Extra:" "How come you don't ask me about my book? I'm just off on a book tour, you ask me all about Arnold, but you don't ask me about my book?"

Okay, Maria, here's one shameless plug: "It's small, it's cheap and it's powerful," Shriver told us about her book, "And One More Thing Before You Go..."


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