Let Stars Retire In Style
Most big-name celebrities will retire to their mansions with a houseful of hired help – but what about the lesser-known character actors and back-up dancers? Is Bollywood doing something for them? After all, it is the industry that must have made millions from their movies when it was their time. Bollywood icons need to take note of what their counterparts in Hollywood are doing for their forgotten colleagues. The Motion Pictures and Television Fund Country House in California and the Actors' Fund Homes in New Jersey are retirement communities that take care of little guys in the entertainment industry – supporting stars and extras who lived by the maxim that there are not small parts, only small actors. It's a matter of the industry taking care of its own. While both nonprofit Homes had their share of big-name celebrity residents, majority of residents are not as recognizable by name alone. Both these Homes provide assisted living and nursing care for retired entertainment professionals and their families. The Frances Goldwyn Lodge, named for the actress/wife of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor mogul, Samuel Goldwyn, houses retirees. First run films are shown in the Louis B. Mayor Theatre. Residents relax in a longe named for Douglas Fairbanks, one of the original founders of the fund. And the ailing receive care at the Bob Hope Health Center and George Burns Intensive Care Unit.
Will Bollywood bigwigs take a cue from the exemplary initiatives taken by their Hollywood counterparts and help their colleagues retire in style? With the biggest ever earnings by the big stars now, it is not at all difficult for them to donate a small part to start such a fund.