Sunday, June 12, 2011

The 15th Annual Actor's Fund Tony Awards Party Honoring Hal Holbrook, Hosted By Marilu Henner... Skirball Center (:

Sean Penn, honoree Hal Holbrook, Marilu Henner and Brian Stokes-Mitchell....  photo by Bill Dow (:

Presenter Sean Penn...  photo: Bill Dow

Hal Holbrook accepting his award.... photo: Bill Dow

Congratulations to acclaimed Tony Award winner and Oscar nominated thespian Hal Holbrook on receiving the prestigious Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 15th annual Actor's Fund Tony Awards party! The gala held at the westside's Skirball Center features the only approved live feed of the Tony Awards as they happen in New York City.  Mr. Holbrook received the award from his friend and colleage Sean Penn who directed him in the 2008 film "Into The Wild" garnering him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.  Mr. Holbrook's first solo performance as Mark Twain was in 1954 and "Mark Twain Tonight!"  has since become perhaps the longest running show in theatre history.  The evening was well MC'd by the always gracious Marilu Henner aka the woman with the best memory in show business. This year's honorary celebrity committee included Linda Bloodsworth-Thomason, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller, Jerry Herman, Ken Howard, Judith Ivy, Angela Lansbury, Annie Potts, Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Holland Taylor, Harry Thomason and John Wells.
Marilu Henner...  photo: Bill Dow
Martin Sheen....  photo: Bill Dow
The Silent Auction helps to raise much needed money for The Actor's Fund.
The Actors Fund is a wonderful national human services organization that helps everyone - performers and those behind the scenes - who work in the performing arts and entertainment from coast to coast, helping more than 12,000 people directly each year and hundreds of thousands online.  The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services.  For nearly 130 years the Actors Fund, , has been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transtition....   HH(:

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