Carol Leifer, a comedian and former "Seinfeld" writer, was in her element at a benefit in Hollywood on Saturday evening. The event was the 25th anniversary Art of Compassion gala for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which lobbies against the use of animals in medical research and promotes plant-based diets. Mom to six rescue dogs, Leifer told the crowd that she took her love of animals one step further two years ago and became a vegan.
"Because I thought, as a Jewish lesbian, I wasn't part of a small-enough minority," she said.
Then Leifer, who appeared on the current season of "Celebrity Apprentice," gave a shout-out to the show's maestro, Donald Trump, for making a donation to her charity, the North Shore Animal League, even though she was the first star to get booted off the show.
The name of TV's absent comb-over king came up again later when Dan Cortese introduced honoree Marilu Henner. He noted that when she was on "Celebrity Apprentice's" first season in 2008, she dedicated her winnings to PCRM.
Coincidence, or has Trump powered his way through the celeb phone book?
It's hard to know, but the celebrity vegan-friendly world is clearly a cozy one. As an ebullient Henner, who received a Voice of Compassion Award, said of presenter Frances Fisher, "Frances and I, we always run into each other in audition waiting rooms or in our colonics place waiting room. We are very connected."