Jul
31
Posted by Rope under News & Rumors with 2 Comments

These days, inviting a celebrity to the Marine Corps Ball has practically become as de riguer as combat boots and fatigues.

First, Mila Kunis accepted one Marine’s invite to the ball. Next, Justin Timberlake said yes to another, and then a slew of other stars (Betty White among them!) have been asked to go, as well.

The latest invitee, Scarlett Johansson, had to decline a video invitation from Sgt. Dustin L. Williams for the Nov. 10 ball, but she’s sending a bubbly replacement to accompany him to the fete.

“Sgt. Williams, unfortunately due to prior commitments I will not be able to attend the Ball with you this year but I am sending you a case of Moët and Chandon with gratitude,” the actress, 26, wrote in a statement to Zap2it.

“I feel incredibly honored,” she continued. “Not only does Sgt. Williams deserve recognition for his bravery, selflessness and dedication to the United States and its people, but also displays a cheeky talent for film making.”

“In my absence, I raise a glass to you and all the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps, past and present, in thanks for your continued commitment to preserving the safety of our nation. – Scarlett”

source: People.com

  • Arthur Paul
    Posted on July 31, 2011

    I admire Scarlett Johansson for the way she handled this for I too was in the military, U.S. Navy Submarine Service (POLARIS) for a brief time and understand both sides. Just as the military have their job to do so do celebrities with their busy work schedules. I feel particularly honored myself to have received a personal handwritten note from Scarlett back in September of 2008 just a few weeks before her marriage to Ryan. Scarlett is a very lovely and talented young woman and I’m always wishing the best for her. Thank you Scarlett and Sgt. Williams for making us proud.

  • Arthur Paul
    Posted on August 01, 2011

    Just a quick follow up on the comment I submitted above. In the spring of 2008 I was one of three winners on eBay through Auction Cause to receive a personal handwritten note from Scarlett with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Oxfam America. To this day I have that note on display in my home. Thank you, Scarlett.

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