Iconic talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer, Brian Edwards threw a party in Malibu for his recently released autobiography, Enter Miss Thang — and the celebs turned out in full-force.
In his new book, Edwards details some of the most incredible, heart-wrenching and profound moments of his 30-year career in Hollywood. “I’m living proof that anything is possible if you set your mind to it,” says Edwards.
Originally from the sleepy little town of Covington, LA, he left the safety of his hometown in 1985 for Hollywood, eventually landing the job of a lifetime as the executive assistant to 5-Grammy Award winner Donna Summer. This was considered his gateway job into Hollywood, and by 1995 he was working as an assistant to talent agent Betty Fanning, then vice president of commercials at the William Morris Agency before really making it big. As his press release states, from there things took off.
In 1998, Edwards landed the job of manager of celebrity talent to television networks American Movie Classics (AMC) and WE: Women’s Entertainment. He served as the talent executive/talent producer for three Emmy Award-winning shows, including Reel Models: The First Women of Film and Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel. Edwards worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood: Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Williams and legendary talent agent Sam Haskell— all of whom Edwards considers close, personal friends and confidantes.
“With a heart of gold laced with profound generosity, Brian is the perfect example of a true friend – and to so many,” says multi-platinum recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams. “‘Enter Miss Thang’ is his story, filled with humor and passion for his work and the people he loves the most. A diva indeed, but it’s a title he’s definitely earned by managing to survive almost 30 years in Hollywood, cushioned by intelligence, flamboyance, gut instinct, loyalty, and, most of all, his sense of humor.”
Williams was one of many famous faces at the event — along with FTK editor Rebekah Sager. Check out photos from the event in the slide show above.