Glamour Mixed With Tears

“Who puts on a meaningful award show?” a faux-outraged Jon Stewart asked as he introduced his “boss,” MTV bigwig Judy McGrath, one of Glamour’s Women of the Year 2004, during a four-hanky ceremony on Monday night at Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History. “RuPaul would give Charo an award, we’d get a gift bag and go home,” Stewart joked. “No more tears!”

Indeed, to that point, there had been rivers of them: for the indefatigable Jersey Girls, four women from the Garden State who lost their husbands on 9/11 and whose efforts forced the creation of the 9/11 Commission. As they received their awards, they said there was much left to do to see that the commission’s recommendations are implemented. Five actresses (including Aisha Tyler and Jessica Capshaw) read letters from five young female soldiers who died in Iraq. The crusaders of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (including Rita Wilson, whose husband, Tom Hanks, was crying in the audience) were also honored; they were introduced by Pierce Brosnan, who spoke movingly of losing his first wife to ovarian cancer.

Afterward, Shoptalk mingled with the crowd—which was teeming with celebrities as disparate as Sam Donaldson, who introduced White House reporter and award winner Helen Thomas, and Ethan Hawke, who did the honors for author Judy Blume—at a fabulous, Casbah-inspired (and Grey Goose-fueled) soirée. Then everyone got their gift bags and went home.