TIFF volunteers get thanks perks and the odd celebrity kiss

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “Warren Beatty came up and kissed me on the cheek,” Hapak, now a retired LCBO communications manager, recalled. “It was so unexpected.”The peck, meant as a thank you for her help, is among the dozens of memories she has from her ongoing, 35-year reign as TIFF’s longest-serving volunteer. She’s trailed by Vera Pordage, a 20-year veteran of the festival’s volunteer program. Between the two women, they have held plenty of doors, seated a dizzying number of guests, scanned astronomical numbers of tickets and climbed an exhausting number of stairs at Scotiabank Theatre when escalators were down. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The night of Linda Hapak’s first celebrity smooch, the streets bordering the now-defunct University Theatre were buzzing with autograph seekers and paparazzi kept at bay by police.Actress Diane Keaton had flown in, The Godfather script doctor Robert Towne was on hand and Jack Nicholson was quietly plotting to heckle his fellow stars from the audience for comic effect that night — but all eyes were on Warren Beatty. The actor, still riding the wave of fame he’d found with Bonnie and Clyde, Heaven Can Wait and Reds, was being fêted in what would become the Toronto International Film Festival’s final tribute night spotlighting the accomplishments of a film star.Hapak had spent that September 1984 evening seating guests and working with sponsors but, as it wound to a close, she was in for a surprise.center_img Facebook Advertisement With 55 years of volunteering combined, Toronto International Film Festival volunteers Linda Hapak (left) and Vera Pordage (right) are said to be TIFF’s longest serving volunteers. (COLE BURSTON / FOR TORONTO STAR) Login/Register With:last_img

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