Magazine article Variety

Redstone's Birthday Is Cause Celebre

Magazine article Variety

Redstone's Birthday Is Cause Celebre

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STARRY PARTY

Sumner Redstone started his career as an exhibitor, so friends and family who organized his surprise 90th birthday party last week zealously pursued a theatrical theme - a giant red carpet in front of his home, a theater marquee, tickets, candy and even stars.

The 150 guests, including Tom Cruise, Mark Wahlberg and Danny DeVito, were not shown a movie once inside the media mogul's Beverly Park mansion, but instead were treated to a lavish fourcourse dinner followed by a half-hour concert by Redstone's pal, Tony Bennett.

Was it a surprise? Redstone wasn't saying, but he seemed pleased as he greeted guests from his seat at the head table, then settled in for a 25-minute tribute reel of birthday greetings. The lead salute came from CBS latenight host David Letterman, who famously abjures such rituals, followed by tributes from Viacom chief executive Philippe Dauman, CBS Corp. honcho Les Moonves and Paramount Pictures boss Brad Grey. Though Redstone's famous family feuds have made great fodder for the press, much of the clan showed up for the birthday event, including his daughter Shari Redstone and his ex-wife Phyllis. …

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