By Hillary Atkin
CBS News anchor Katie Couric gave the keynote address this morning in Beverly Hills at the 19th annual event honoring the 100 most powerful women in the entertainment industry, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and presented by Lifetime Television.
Couric quipped that she loves the smell of estrogen in the morning, but she conveyed a more somber tone when she reflected on the big news stories she has covered in Los Angeles–including the riots, the O.J. Simpson case and Michael Jackson’s death, as well as inspirational and uplifting pieces.
She also paid tribute to her sister Emily, a Virginia politician who died of pancreatic cancer.
Dame Helen Mirren received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, presented by Halle Berry.
Disney/ABC Television Group President and Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney was named the most powerful woman in entertainment. This was the second consecutive year that she wound up on top, after sharing the honor in 2009 with Sony’s Amy Pascal.
Of the top ten names, six others are in television: Bonnie Hammer, Oprah Winfrey, Abbe Raven, Nina Tassler, Dana Walden and Judy McGrath.