New York City (PRWEB) January 31, 2007
The prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, is proud to announce "Legends of the Academy-Class of 2007", a gala evening of entertainment taking place on Monday, March 26, 2007 at The Hudson Theater in New York City. This special event will include cocktail hour, dinner and an awards ceremony saluting the remarkable achievements of alumni, Charles Durning, Gena Rowlands with a tribute and posthumous award to alumna, Anne Bancroft. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (or AADA) is honored to have Alumnus C'76, Sam Gores as this year's Gala Chairman. "While the Academy has many illustrious alumni, I am particularly delighted that Sam has agreed to Chair this event. His support for the Academy both as Board member and as an alumnus has been outstanding." - Roger Croucher, President and CEO, American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Sam Gores is the Chairman and CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, an internationally respected agency that has been responsible for building some of the most successful careers in film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the most powerful people in entertainment, Mr. Gores, is well known for his maverick vision, tremendous drive and commitment to providing impressive inroads for a diverse group of clients in all facets of the entertainment industry. "As Chairman of the gala, and as an alumnus of this fine school, it is my pleasure to represent the Academy's board, faculty, students, and staff. It is our privilege to honor these three outstanding alumni. With their contribution to stage, film, and television, Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning and Gena Rowlands have created an undeniable legacy for generations of actors, and we are proud to recognize them as "Legends".- Sam Gores, Gala Chairman.
"Legends of The Academy -- Class of 2007" will honor 3 of their most celebrated alumni. Alumnus, Charles Durning, C' '48, has had many remarkable achievements in his life. As a young man, Mr. Durning was first trained in classical dance then went on to become a professional boxer. For his distinguished service during World War II, Mr. Durning was awarded three Purple Hearts and Silver Star for valor after being wounded three times. Mr. Durning's extraordinary career achievements in film, television and theater include Broadway's Tony Award in 1990 for his portrayal of Big Daddy in the revival of Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Mr. Durning is a two-time Academy Award nominee for his role in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"(1982) and "To Be or Not To Be" (1983), and a twelve-time Emmy nominee. He continues to star on stage and in film and television and most recently, starring in the hit TV show "Rescue Me". In 2006, Mr. Durning was nominated and won the Lucille Lortel Award, an Off Broadway Award. With over 60 successful years as a celebrated performer, Mr. Durning's contributions to the performing arts are recognized as some of the greatest achievements in television, film and theater.
Acclaimed Actress and Alumna C' 52, Gena Rowlands, has starred in over 100 productions and is one of the most respected actresses of our time. Her work in film and television has garnered her three Emmy awards, a Day-time Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards. In 2006, Premiere Magazine ranked her performance as Mabel Longhetti in "Woman Under the Influence" (1974) as one of the 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. Her on screen presence and unforgettable beauty has captivated audiences around the world. She is the mother of renowned film director, Nick Cassavetes C'80 and has appeared in his film "The Notebook". She continues to be busy, having completed work on two feature films, due later this year "Persepolis" and "Broken English," directed by her daughter Zoe.
A Posthumous Award will be given along with a special tribute to Alumna C'50, legendary and unforgettable, Anne Bancroft. Born in the Bronx, New York as Anne Marie Italiano, Ms. Bancroft made her cinema debut in 1952 in "Don't Bother to Knock". In the 50s, she starred in many movies in supporting roles until she became a star with "The Miracle Worker" (1962) for which she won an Academy Award. In 1964, she married Mel Brooks. In the 70s and 80s, she reduced her big screen appearances and began to star in TV films. In 1999, she became the fifteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting, Oscar, Best Actress, "The Miracle Worker" (1962), Tonys: Best Supporting Actress-Play, "Two for Seesaw" (1958) & Best Actress-Play, "The Miracle Worker" (1960) and Emmy, Best Supporting Actress-Miniseries/Movie, "Deep in My Heart" (1999) (TV). Ms. Bancroft is one of eight actors to have won both a Tony and an Oscar for having portrayed the same roles on stage and screen.
Founded in 1884, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, is the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world. With campuses both in New York and Los Angeles, it has been the conservatory of choice for many young actors. The list of Academy alumni remains an impressive one, with prominent names from all aspects of the entertainment industry, past and present. To date, AADA Alumni celebrate a total of 72 Oscars, 205 Emmys and 58 Tonys, growing every year. Money raised from "Legends of the Academy-Class of 2007" gala, will be used to create named scholarships in honor of each of the three honorees which will be awarded annually to gifted Academy students.
The entertainment portion of "Legends of the Academy" will be produced by Tony Award winner Nelle Nugent and Co-Produced by Kenneth Teaton. The Musical Supervisor will be Michael Dansicker and the show writer is Henry Edwards.
For more information on "Legends of the Academy-Class of 2007, and/ or for ticket information, please contact The American Academy of Dramatic Arts at 212.686.9244 x 317 or http://www.aada.org.
For all media inquiries, please contact Diana Bianchini at Di Moda Public Relations at 310.288.0077.
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