The wife of slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat made an unannounced appearance at a Beverly Hills, Calif., fund-raiser honoring talk show host Johnny Carson, praising the comedian and calling for peace.

Jihan Sadat praised Carson as "an American who is a household name throughout the world, a man who has humorously chided us for our shortcomings and brought laughter into our lives."The star-studded dinner Sunday night also was held to raise money for scholarships in Carson's name to Hebrew University of Jerusalem, publicist Lee Solters said.

Carson, host of NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show" for 26 years, was named recipient of Hebrew University's Scopus Award for his humanitarian efforts and excellence in his chosen profession.