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The Princess Grace Foundation
- USA Sponsors a Benefit
Cocktail Reception With A
Dick Cavett Moderated
Discussion: “The Long and
Winding Road: From Emerging
to Established Artist” With
Actors Estelle Parsons
and Toccarra Cash
Players Club in Gramercy Park
May 4, 2009

Written by Wendy R. Williams

Opposite Photo:
Toccarra Cash and Dick Cavett
Opposite Photo Credit: Daniel Perry




Toccarra Cash: "Someone thinks I'm good."

The Princess Grace Foundation USA (a public charity that supports emerging artists in theater, dance and film) hosted a cocktail reception and panel discussion with the 2007 Princess Grace Foundation Theater honoree Toccarra Cash, comedian Dick Cavett and actress Estelle Parsons. An interesting note about the far reaching careers of former Princess Grace Award winners is that evening panelist Estelle Parsons is currently starring as Violet Weston in the Tony Award- winning play August: Osage County on Broadway. The play is directed by Tony Award winner Anna Shapiro, who won the Princess Grace Award in 1996 for Theater/Directing.

The evening was generously hosted by former Monaco resident Marie-Claire Gladstone and her husband Robert Gladstone of Madison Equities, the developers of 57 Irving Place.

The panel discussion was quite lively with the very talented Toccarra Cash having to don squall gear to keep from being blown off the stage by Cavett and Parsons, who played off each other like long time sparring partners.

Here are some of the funny quotes from the night:

Estelle Parsons: I think actors getting into politics is kind of silly, we are professional liars.

Dick Cavett on Sarah Palin: She seems to have no first language. McCain aimed low and missed.

Dick Cavett: Why shouldn't people act their age; it's not their fault.

Estelle Parsons: I did go to law school - it was ridiculous. What are people like us doing in law school.

Estelle Parsons: Johnny Carson told me that he could not figure out why I was funny and he was going to keep asking me back until he figured it out.

The panelists also spoke about the importance of the Princess Grace Foundation award and how it encourages young artists in a critical time in their career by validating their work.

Robert Gladstone , Peter Zimroth, Estelle Parsons and Marie-Claire Gladstone
Photo Credit Daniel Perry

Toccarra Cash, Estelle Parsons and Dick Cavett
Photo Credit Jerry Lacay

Estelle Parsons and Dick Cavett
Photo Credit Jerry Lacay

Amy Rosi, Peter Rosenthal, and Martha Rogers
Photo Credit Daniel Perry

From the Press Release (Lisa Lori Communications):

About Princess Grace Foundation-USA

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a public charity formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982, awards scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships to assist emerging theater, dance and film artists in America. Notable Princess Grace Award recipients include: Anna D. Shapiro, winner of 2008 Tony® Award for Director of current Broadway hit August: Osage County; Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants; Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; Gillian Murphy, principal dancer of American
Ballet Theatre; Eric Darnell, director of Madagascar 1 & 2; Greg Mottola, director of Superbad and Eric Simonson, Academy Award winning filmmaker. Please visit

About Marie-Claire and Robert Gladstone/57 Irving Place

Marie-Claire Gladstone developed a deep appreciation for the principality of Monaco as a resident for over 10 years and event planner. Mrs. Gladstone continues to show her dedication to Monaco through her involvement
with its various charities and causes, including the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. In addition to being a current resident of Gramercy Park, the neighborhood is where the Amsterdam native met her husband, Robert, to whom she married in the iconic private club, The Players. Robert Gladstone is the CEO of Madison Equities, the company currently developing many of New York's notable properties including 57 Irving Place, a residential condominium building designed by AIA award winning architect Audrey Matlock which is now under construction. Please visit



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