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Joe Bennett and wife Liz

June 22, 2014. When Joe Bennett and wife Liz (Sibert) told me they were coming to LA for a visit, my immediate thought was; "Goody! Another "Gypsy" reunion at "Cravings Restaurant" on Sunset! And that it was. Students of Joe, dancers that he and Liz worked with on Broadway and TV came from everywhere. Some they hadn't seen in many years!

It was best to keep everyone attending a surprise guest.

They knew there was going to be a luncheon, however, they thought for around ten people. Everyone invited was asked not to email the Bennetts. It was best to keep everyone attending a surprise guest.


You can imagine the surprise when 80 people showed up

You can imagine the surprise when 80 people showed up. Name tags of course!

Joe's brother Paul Bennett supplied the photo for the cake

Joe's brother Paul Bennett supplied the photo for the cake and his handsome son Morgan didn't tell his dad that he and fiancée Sarah would be there.


Joe and I worked together on Broadway in A Chorus Line

Joe and I worked together in "A Chorus Line" on Broadway.

Huge surprise was Margie Duncan who runs The Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio where Joe taught for many years

Huge surprise was Margie Duncan who runs The Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio where Joe taught for many years.


Joe with Lori Binkley of Karabel Dancewear

Lori Binkley of Karabel Dancewear was very helpful in tracking down Joe's friends and dancers.

Joe, Robbin Joffred and Maria Henley

Joe, Robbin Joffred and Maria Henley who worked with Joe in a company of WSS (West Side Story).


Rosemarie Rand forwarded one of my emails to Joe which is how we reconnected! Barry Preston in the background

Rosemarie Rand forwarded one of my emails to Joe which is how we reconnected! Barry Preston in the background.

Joe was so happy to see Arlene Parness, moi and Lee Wilson

As you can tell, Joe was so happy to see Arlene Parness, moi and Lee Wilson who was also in "A Chorus Line".


Joe's dear friends Joe Sayhber and Dennon Rawles

Joe's dear friends Joe Sayhber and Dennon Rawles.

Morgan Bennett, Rosemarie and Sarah

Morgan Bennett, Rosemarie and Sarah, Morgan's fiancée!.


The ever young and always beautiful choreographer Toni Basil

The ever young and always beautiful choreographer Toni Basil.

Linda Mour, Judy Rachel, Lee Wilson and Shirlee Kong

Linda Mour, Judy Rachel, Lee Wilson, also from "A Chorus Line", and Shirlee Kong.


Liz, Walter Painter, Sandahl Bergman, Charlene Painter, Jerry Jackson

Liz, Walter Painter, Dancer/Choreographer/Director, Sandahl Bergman, also from "A Chorus Line", dancer and every choreographer's dream assistant, Charlene Painter, Jerry "Follies Bergere"Jackson.

Soozi Childers, Liz, Maria Pogee, Cheryl Baxter and Maria Henley

Soozi Childers of Choozi Entertainment, Liz, Maria Pogee, Cheryl Baxter and Maria Henley.


Nathan and Magda Prevost, Cindy Montoya, Sayhber Rawles, (back row) Nanci Bergman and Jackie and Jerry Evans

Nathan and Magda Prevost, Cindy Montoya, Sayhber Rawles, (back row) Nanci Bergman and Jackie and Jerry Evans.

Lori Binkley Nathan Prevost and Candy Sherwin

Lori Binkley Nathan Prevost and Candy Sherwin.


Robbin, Margie Duncan and Judy Rachel

Robbin, Margie Duncan and Judy Rachel.

Fabulous Bill Landrum, Joe, Walter Painter, Sandahl and Billy Goodson, who just happened to be here from Italy

Fabulous Bill Landrum, Joe, Walter Painter, Sandahl and Billy Goodson, who just happened to be here from Italy!


Robert Wood, moi and Frances Davis

Robert Wood, moi and Frances Davis who has just signed on to participate in the making of a film about her ex, 'The Miles Davis Story".

Adorable Suzanne Charny

Adorable Suzanne Charny. See her beautiful sculptures at Mouche Galleries in Beverly Hills.


Jimmy, me and Anthony Tringali

My Jimmy who made the name tags and put together Lainie Manning's DVDs of she and Joe's dance commercials and actor Anthony Tringali who is always willing to help.

Having so much fun are Lainie Manning, Paul Bennett and Cheryl Baxter

Having so much fun are Lainie Manning, Paul Bennett and Cheryl Baxter.


Joe with Mary Jean Valante

Joe with Mary Jean Valante.

Peachy Cissy Wellman, daughter of famed director William and Arlene

Peachy Cissy Wellman, daughter of famed director William and Arlene.


Bill and Kathryn Wright with Sandahl

Bill and Kathryn "A Chorus Line" Wright with Sandahl.

Me with gal pal Josie Powell, ex dancer and now writer

Me with gal pal Josie Powell, ex dancer and now writer.


Teri Beckerman and Linda Toliver

Teri Beckerman and Linda Toliver. They still take class with Walter Painter!

Toasting Joe and Liz are Leslie Kawai, Billy Goodson and Thereze Berquist Barker

Toasting Joe and Liz are Leslie Kawai, Billy Goodson and Thereze Berquist Barker.


Beautiful Claudia Acri

Beautiful Claudia Acri.

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