Los Angeles - Major Hollywood stars will come out on Saturday, July 28 to honor the late Anthony Quinn, who will receive the Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Latino international Film Festival (LALIFF). The memorial celebration will take place at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd.) in Hollywood and begins at 7 pm with the award ceremony, followed by a presentation of Quinn's classic film, Requiem for a Heavyweight. Immediately following the screening, invited guests will travel to The Palladium for a star-studded dinner and dance celebration hosted by LALIFF's producer and artistic director Edward James Olmos. Willie Colón and his extraordinary salsa band will provide the evening's entertainment.
Katherine Quinn, wife of the late actor, will accept the award, which is an original sculpture donated by noted artist Robert Graham. Most of the Quinn family will be in attendance to honor Quinn as well Hollywood stars such as: Gregory Peck, Sylvester Stallone, Raquel Welch, Kirk Douglas, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Sydney Poitier, Barbara Sinatra, Stacey Keach, Quincy Jones, Sydney Sheldon, Bo Derek, Brenda Vaccaro, Tony Franciosa and Tony and Ridley Scott. In addition, the great Mohammed Ali will also attend. The evening's presentation, Requiem for a Heavyweight, is Mohammed Ali's first film.
The Gabriel Figueroa Lifetime Achievement Award (the "Gabi") was created in 1997 during the inaugural Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and bestowed posthumously on the legendary Mexican cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa. Notable Latino sculptor Robert Graham is the designer of the "Gabi" statuette and he graciously donates a new original piece each year.
Since then, recipients of the prestigious award have been, Raúl Julia (1998); Spanish film director Carlos Saura (1999); and Mexico's screen legend Maria Félix (2000).