On Sunday, June 12, 2011, supporters of the Actors Fund and Tony Awards fans gathered at Los Angeles’ Skirball Center for The Fund’s 15th Annual Tony Party, which this year honored Hal Holbrook with The Julie Harris Lifetime Achievement Award–and raised $160,000 for The Fund! The evening was hosted by the fabulous Marilu Henner, and featured a live feed from the Tony Awards in NYC, as well as number of special guests, including Sean Penn, who presented Mr. Holbrook with the Harris award.
We thought we’d share a few photos from the fabulous event here, and be sure to click through to The Actors Fund’s website for more!
It’s not too late to grab tickets for this weekend’s Tony Awards Party at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, which will honor the incredible actor Hal Holbrook with The Actors Fund‘s Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement. The gathering not only features the official Tony live feed–of course!–but also a special program hosted by Marilu Henner and featuring Sean Penn, who will present Mr. Holbrook with his award.
Be sure to view Marilu Henner’s appearance on Good Day LA, during which she talked up the Tony Party (skip to 2:10 to hear her promo The Fund!), and check out these photos of previous Julie Harris Award honorees from our archives.Julie Harris Award Honorees: 2011 Hal Holbrook 2010 Brian Stokes Mitchell 2009 Chita Rivera 2008 Tommy Tune 2007 Jerry Herman 2006 Liza Minnelli 2005 Stockard Channing 2004 James Earl Jones 2003 Rita Moreno 2002 Carol Channing 2001 Lauren Bacall 2000 Tyne Daly 1999 Charles Durning 1998 Gwen Verdon 1997 Julie Harris
On June 8, 1882, after years of hard work and dedication by some of the American theatre’s most ardent supporters, the New York State Legislature passed special legislation to officially incorporate The Actors Fund. One-hundred years later, to celebrate its centennial, The Fund threw a birthday bash at Radio City Music Hall, Night of 100 Stars, which was telecast nationwide on CBS. Check out one of the fabulous numbers below:
And here’s a little bit on those first official days from A History of The Actors’ Fund of America by Louis M. Simon (published in 1972):
By June 8, 1882, the Act of Incorporation, drafted by Hon A. J. Dittenhoefer, had been passed into law by the New York State Legislature. On Saturday, July 15, the first meeting officially held under the charter took place at Wallack’s Theatre at 12 noon. Mr. William Henderson presided. Permanent officers were elected to serve during what remained of the year 1882–83.
President, Lester Wallack; Vice-President, A. M. Palmer; Secretary, Daniel Frohman; Treasurer; Theodore Moss…. Initial trustees were, according to the Act of Incorporation, the first seventeen incorporators named in the bill. They were:Lester Wallack Edwin Booth Henry E. Abbey Joseph Jefferson M. H. Mallory Lawrence Barrett H. C. Miner W. E. Sinn A. M. Palmer Edward Harrigan William Henderson John F. Poole P. T. Barnum W. T. Florence Frank Chanfrau Bartley Campbell Samuel Colville
Digging through our archives yet again, we discovered a few pictures from a 1969 special Broadway Show League game at St. Albans. The shots include Woody Allen, Jerry Orbach, Tony Roberts, David L. Landers, and numerous others. Take a gander to see who took a little time out for some softball, and stay tuned to learn more about (and buy tickets to) an upcoming very special event at Yankee Stadium on June 27, which will benefit The Actors Fund and The Boomer Esiason Foundation!