Cameron Diaz Makes Smiling Return to Red Carpet

05/02/2008 at 07:15 AM EDT

Cameron Diaz Makes Smiling Return to Red Carpet
Cameron Diaz on May 1
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Cameron Diaz stepped out Thursday night for the first time since her father's death, making an upbeat appearance for the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, What Happens in Vegas.

Clad in a form-fitting, coral-colored short dress and black heels, a radiant and smiling Diaz waved to the crowd as she walked the red carpet with co-star Ashton Kutcher at her side. She never lost her famous smile.

"I think she's holding up as well as anyone can imagine," the film's producer Shawn Levy told PEOPLE. "We're trying to give her space and be respectful."

Thursday night, Diaz, 35, took time to energetically grab a microphone to challenge the fans seated in bleachers outside the theater to a screaming match for a chance to attend the premiere. The bleachers outside the theater were split with fans wearing Team Cameron and Team Ashton t-shirts. Diaz worked her crew impressively in the shouting match.

Diaz missed both the London Vegas premiere and a press event in Los Angeles as she mourned her father's unexpected death at age 58 from post-influenza MRSA pneumonia.

Following the Thursday LA premiere screening, premiere attendees including Kutcher, Vince Vaughn and Eva Longoria made their way to a premiere after-party at the Whiskey Blue in the W Hotel. Diaz did not show up at the event.

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