Julia Roberts shocked the star-studded crowd at Hillary Clinton’s Broadway fundraiser on Monday night (17Oct16) when she peppered her speech with F-bombs.
The 48-year-old actress was just one of the famous faces at the Stronger Together event, held at St. James Theatre in New York to raise money for and further Democratic candidate Hillary’s presidential campaign. Despite stars including Lena Dunham, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba and Hillary’s daughter Chelsea in the audience, Julia didn’t hold back as she took to the stage.
However, the mother-of-two used her colourful language as a means to encourage people to donate to Hillary’s campaign, challenging the audience to donate $500 (£408) each time she used the curse word. She then realised her swearing may have caused some problems with the live stream, adding: “When you’re live streaming on Facebook, can you say that?”
After her eventful opening, Julia then continued to read some inspiring words from late political columnist Molly Ivins.
The fundraising evening was hosted by comedian and actor Billy Crystal, who used the opportunity to stick the knife in to Hillary’s rival – Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
“Our goal tonight is simple: we need to raise more money than Donald Trump lost in 1995,” Billy said. “He’s the human form of the hurricane season: starts out with a lot of hot air, gets you spinning out of control and hits America and causes a lot of damage and panic. But it’s completely over by November.”
Another jibe saw the actor joke: “He’s like a 7-Eleven (convenience store): he’s open 24 hours and he’s trying to sell us c**p that we don’t want.”
It wasn’t only political jokes that entertained the audience at the fundraiser, musical interludes came from Josh Groban, who sang Over The Rainbow, Anne Hathaway, who joined forces with Kelli O’Hara to perform the Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand duet Get Happy/Happy Day Are Here Again, and Emily Blunt, who performed Stephen Sondheim hits No One Is Alone and Children Will Listen alongside Bernadette Peters.
Other musical performers included Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sienna Miller, who belted out the title song from Cabaret alongside Joel Grey, Sara Bareilles and Neil Patrick Harris.
One of the biggest cheers of the evening came for Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was joined by his Hamilton co-star Renee Elise Goldsberry to perform a re-written version of the show’s hit The World Was Wide Enough.
Meanwhile, Helen Mirren performed a monologue as Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Bassett as Harriet Tubman, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm performed a scene from the 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel It Can’t Happen Here.
The fundraiser was closed by Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo, who wowed the crowd when she reworked The Battle Hymn of the Republic into a moving, gospel number.
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