Malibu Seen: Phoenix Rising

Malibu’s Matthew Perry celebrates with longtime TV “friend” Lisa Kudrow at Phoenix House.

Malibu’s Matthew Perry had a mini-reunion of sorts with longtime pal Lisa Kudrow. Along with his substantial group of “friends,” lots of other Perry fans turned out in force at the Montage Beverly Hills for the prestigious Phoenix House awards ceremony. 

Matthew received the “2015 Phoenix Rising Award,” while former Los Angeles Mayor and civic leader Antonio Villaraigosa snagged the “2015 Public Service Award.” It all took place at the 12th Annual Triumph for Teens Gala. 

Local weathercaster Kaj Goldberg hosted the dinner and awards ceremony. At the event, there were plenty of toe-tapping tunes on tap. Don Felder, former lead guitarist for The Eagles, delighted the crowd with a few of his favorites.  

For more than 35 years, Phoenix House has been a beacon of hope in Southern California for troubled men, women and teens. The organization helps rebuild lives, reunites families and creates stronger communities. It boasts many Malibu alumni, as well as touching success stories to share.

Today, Phoenix House of California serves more than 6,000 individuals a year, including their family members. In all, it provides a lifeline to more than 30,000 people through outreach, volunteerism, and prevention and education services.


Malibu’s Robert Downey Jr. made his way to the top 10 in the annual Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities list. Downey hit the number eight position, thanks to the success of blockbuster films like “Iron Man,” “Age of Ultron” and “Sherlock Holmes.”

He recently played opposite veteran actor Robert Duvall playing Hank Palmer in “The Judge.” These days, the once-troubled actor seems to be busier than ever. His Sherlock Holmes role has been so successful, the studio announced a “Sherlock Holmes 3,” as well as “Captain America: Civil War,” which is currently filming. 

Also on the list is Malibu’s Adam Sandler, who has made us laugh silly with comedies like “Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “The Wedding Singer.”

Look for him as Rick in “The Do Over” and the voice of Dracula in “Hotel Transylvania 2.” 

A little further down, you’ll find “Titanic” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” star Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo hits the top 100 as number 89.

The two top spots went to athletes, with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao slugging out for the one and two positions. Singer Katy Perry took the number three slot. Howard Stern, country crooner Garth Brooks and boy band sensation One Direction rounded out the top 10.