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What’s In A Name? Siskel Film Center Celebrates Scarlett Johansson

What’s In A Name? Siskel Film Center Celebrates Scarlett Johansson

Earlier in the day on June 30, Scarlett Johansson was named the 10th highest-grossing movie star ever, coming in at $3.3 billion and the only female on the list to crack the top 10. On the heels of that, she was honored that evening at Celebrate Scarlett! the Gene Siskel Film Center’s annual benefit which was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago.

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Barry Misner, Eda Davidman, Scarlett Johansson, David Weber, Roopa Weber

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Ellen and Richard Sandor

Guests arrived for the cocktail reception in the grand ballroom lobby as the press corps and photographers anxiously awaited her arrival. Event co-chairs Ellen Kollar and Marlene Iglitzen were joined by advisory board members, SAIC outgoing president Dr. Walter and Shirley Massey, Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin and invited guests in the VIP area. Some guests were overheard discussing what they thought she would wear and not long after she sauntered into the press room in a baby blue plunging v neck dress paired with Christian Louboutin shoes and her short cropped hair, no flyway in sight.

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Marlene Iglitzen, Ellen Kolar (Co-Chairs)

Once the last flash went off, with the photos eventually making their way to the wires and press mentions later that evening and the next days, it was time for dinner. But first remarks from Jean de St. Aubin as well as the presentation of a special award and remarks from Ellen Sandor to Dr. Massey himself for his years of tireless efforts leading the School of The Art Institute Chicago. The conversation was introduced by Barbara Scharres, Director of programming.

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The format for the benefit is usually dinner first and then conversation but due to her traveling schedule and impending weather, the conversation started and the wait to eat was worth it because who knew Scarlett Johansson was funny, and sweet and knows how to dish it, as she did to Richard Roeper at the begining of the conversation when he mentioned her role in Home Alone 3.

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The 32 year-old actually began acting when she was nine and has starred opposite some of the industry’s top actors and directors.  The conversation with Richard Roeper, which was interwoven with montages from her different acting works definitely revealed some great insights from her, co-stars, roles, working with actor-directors and yes her voice was that raspy but not as it usually is onscreen.

The final question he asked was something the late Gene Siskel used to ask his guests before ending their interviews and that was “What do you know for sure?” to which Johansson responded “That everything changes Richard, everything changes. I know that for sure.” With that she was presented with the Siskel Film Center 2016 Renaissance award by Siskel Film Center advisory chair Ellen Sandor and Dr. Walter Massey.

Once dinner, which was themed for her various movie titles, was over, guests mingled during desert. Since the event was also a fundraising benefit (you can support here), the winners of the raffle packages which included an escape to paradise in Puerto Rico, A desert adventure in Tuscon or journey to fantasy bay in Jamaica, were called. Want to see our snap story from the night? Check it out here and be sure to follow us on snapchat {username: SociaLifeCHI} as we chronicle the scene.


Photos: Robert Carl

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