2014 Rancho Mirage Speaker Series line-up announced

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Novelist Jackie Collins, actress Ashley Judd, former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers and the daughters of former President George W. Bush are the speakers for Rancho Mirage's 2014 Speakers Series, it was announced today.

Each talk will start at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center. Series tickets go on sale Oct. 15 and individual tickets on Nov. 5 at www.ranchomirageca.gov, according to organizers.

Collins' Jan. 18 talk, presented with the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, is considered a bonus and is an additional $50 for series ticketholders, according to organizers. Collins has written 29 books on The New York Times list of bestsellers and sold more than 500 million books in more than 40 countries. Her most recent bestseller, ``The Power Trip,'' was published in February and is a thriller set on a yacht off the coast of Mexico's Cabo San Lucas.

The rest of the lineup:

   -- Judd, Jan. 29: Judd has appeared in more than 20 movies and in Broadway productions and on television. Her starring roles include ``Double Jeopardy,'' ``Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood,'' ``De-Lovely,'' and ``Ruby in Paradise,'' which won the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury prize in 1993. She has also traveled, testified and spoken in support of humanitarian efforts, including public health and poverty alleviation, according to her website.

   -- Myers, Feb. 19: Myers was White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton's first term in the mid 1990s, the first woman and second youngest person to hold the position. After leaving the White House, she appeared on NBC political talk show ``Equal Time'' and was a consultant for NBC drama ``The West Wing.'' She's a political commentator and contributing editor to Vanity Fair and published ``Why Women Should Rule the World'' in 2008.

   -- Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Hager, March 19: Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that advocates health equity, and a member of UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee, which works to reduce the number of daily preventable deaths of children. Hager, Bush's twin sister, is a contributing correspondent to NBC's ``Today Show'' and author of ``Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope,'' about a young woman with HIV inspired by Hager's internship at UNICEF.

Series tickets are $150 for preferred seating and $120 for general seating. Individual tickets cost $60 for preferred seating and $45 for general seating. The bonus ticket for Collins is $50. Admittance to after-parties with each speaker is available for an additional fee.

The speakers series hotline is (760) 770-3205.

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