Last Sunday 100 or so of Lyla White’s nearest and dearest celebrated her birthday at a big backyard party at the home of Ann and Robert Hamilton.
The former executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse has friends in high and low places, and they all came out to roast and toast. All Saints Rector Emeritus George Regas recalled the years he and Lyla were known as the biggest seekers of philanthropic bucks in town. And her son Mike White, to the right in the photo above, the hugely (and deservedly so) successful television and movie writer and director — “Chuck and Buck,” “School of Rock,” “Orange County,” “Nacho Libre” — cracked up the crowd with a Lyla anecdote:
His mom was traveling overseas and walking through a hotel lobby when she spied a woman who looked uncannily familiar. “Hey, you’re wearing my jacket!” Lyla said as she went up and accosted the stranger.
“Mother was looking into a mirror,” Mike said.
Happy birthday, Lyla!