By Laura Medina
Killing two birds with one stone, Billy Bob Thornton celebrated with holidays with photographer, Timothy White and the Sunset Marquis's Christmas Party.
Among the jam-packed crowd was Julian Lennon and Downtown Julie Brown and Kathy Bates, Billy's "Bad Santa" co-star.
On Thursday, December 15th, the pouring rain in West Hollywood didn't stop the love at Morrison Hotel Gallery and the Sunset Marquis Hotel.
Friends, fans and famous faces were all there to celebrate photographer and gallery co-owner
Timothy White's exhibit opening and to enjoy the hotel's huge holiday celebration, hosted by long-time friend of White's, Billy Bob Thornton.
The exhibit, featuring just a small selection of an incredible catalog of work from White, includes a never-before-seen image of Robin Williams from a photo shoot for The Bird Cage, photographs of Jay Z, Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone and a Bad Santa, Billy Bob Thornton - which he signed in person at the party - among others. Timothy photographed both posters for the Bad Santa movies, among hundreds of other movie posters in his career.
Hosted by Mr. White's long-time friend, Billy Bob Thornton, the holiday celebration included live music in 3 areas of the hotel, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a super exclusive VIP carving station.
White has photographed the movie posters for Bad Santa and Bad Santa 2, which opened November 23rd, along with several other posters for Miramax films.
The soiree took place all over the hotel - in the restaurants, café and bar with live music, dancers and a Santa Clause. At one point, the entire crowd at Bar 1200 were singing "Tiny Dancer" at the top of their lungs, along with the band.
Joining the celebration were Timothy White's close friends, Julian Lennon, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Debbie Carrington, Dwight Yoakam, Downtown Julie Brown and Johnny Galecki among others.
The Sunset Marquis' restaurant has an inner private lounge, where it was burlesque and jazz galore, along side ham and beef buffet and hot apple cider/dessert buffet.
Billy Bob Thornton and the Sunset Marquis can really throw it down.
But the star of the night isn
t just the party, it
s Timothy White's photographs as well. One of the
most renowned photographers of our generation, his work has inf
luenced pop culture in ways
you may not even be aware of. A recipient of the Lucie
Award for International P hotographer of
the Year, Mr. White, a partner of Morrison Hotel Gallery,
will exhibit some of the most powerful
examples from his body of work
only a snippet of the thousands of images he has created
throughout his career.
The exhibit, which will be up through January 3
, 2017, will be 35 to 40 images and feature
commanding photographs of subjects such as Aretha Franklin, Ha
rrison Ford, Brad Pitt, James
Brown, Johnny Depp, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Jackson, Audrey
Hepburn, Jay Z, Robin
Williams, Bruce Springsteen, Elizabeth Taylor and many o
thers. In addition to the exhibit,
s work is displayed throughout the hotel in larger than life 40
Staying true to form, Mr. White has created a counter cultur
e of cool at the Sunset Marquis by
-a-kind monthly events that feature exhibits from other Morr
ison Hotel Gallery
photographers, rare film shown on a 30-foot screen, live perf
ormances, and more. White has
worked with some of the most legendary talents in music,
movies and TV, and has photographed
some of the most recognizable movie posters of our time.
His work has been featured on the
covers and in the pages of countless high-profile publicatio
ns and album covers of some of the
most extraordinary musicians.
Dawn Kamerling, owner and CEO of The Press House says of Whit
In the 20 years I have
been doing PR, it
s rare to come across someone as creative and passionat
e as Timothy White. I
have no doubt that he and his work will leave a significant
mark on the thumbprint of art for our
Hosted by Mr. White
s long-time friend, Billy Bob Thornton, the holiday cele
include live music in 3 areas of the hotel, cocktails, ho
rs d'oeuvres, and a super exclusive VIP
White has photographed the movie posters for
Bad Santa and Bad Santa II
, which opened
, along with several other posters for Miramax films.
The holiday party is invite only and not open to the public.