The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 08:28PM

Hollywood invaded Cafe Milano on Monday night, where The Washington Times caught up with some of the famous faces experiencing their first inauguration in person.

Actor David Arquette, star of the “Scream movies and husband of Courteney Cox, said he was here “to be a part of history and top lend my support to the new president.”


Mr. Arquette, born in Winchester, Va., said he was inspired to be politically active by his mother Mardi Arquette, who marched with Martin Luther King in the 1960s.

Also at Cafe Milano was Fran Drescher of “The Nanny” said the new president will give hope to her and other cancer survivors.

“Obama, while he was a senator, was very active in pursuing research into gynecological cancers because he lost his mother to cancer. He will be very sympathetic to women’s issues because he lives in a family full of women and he was raised by a woman,” Ms. Drescher said.

Mr. Arquette also lost his mother, who died of breast cancer in 1997.

Actress Alicia Witt, star of the Hugh Grant film “Two Weeks Notice,” talked at the event about her excitement at getting tickets to Tuesday’s inauguration. When asked how she would keep warm, she responded: “I’m just gonna throw on everything that I brought with me from New York.”

— Stephanie Green