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Kathleen Turner Interviewed at NYPL Oral History Event 10/4

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On Monday, October 4th, Broadway producer Elizabeth I. McCann will interview screen icon and celebrated stage actress Kathleen Turner. The event is free, and first come, first served. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, entrance on 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

Ms. Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in numerous movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, garnering her yet another Golden Globe nomination. Ms. Turner has starred on Broadway in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony nomination; Indiscretions; The Graduate; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she received a second Tony nomination. Following the interview, there will be a question and answer period.

The League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), a non-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, is pleased to present this interview as an installment of the Edith Meiser Oral History Project, which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in many disciplines. Interviews with outstanding women are videotaped and housed in the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Edith Meiser Foundation.

Please check the LPTW website for more information: www.TheatreWomen.org.

Kathleen Turner - Screen icon Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in various movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, and yet another Golden Globe nomination. Turner's extensive film credits also include The Man with Two Brains, with Steve Martin; Jewel of the Nile, with Michael Douglas; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; John Waters' Serial Mom; Naked in New York; Moonlight and Valentino; The Real Blonde; and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides. Ms. Turner has also starred on Broadway in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony nomination; Indiscretions; The Graduate; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she received a second Tony nomination. Ms. Turner had a major recurring role last season playing the role of Sue Collini on Showtime's hit series, Californication. This spring Ms. Turner starred as Molly Ivins in the world premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theater Center and immediately following that shot the starring role in an independent film called The Perfect Family. Ms. Turner is currently starring in the world premiere of a play by Matthew Lombardo called HIGH. In addition to her film and stage credits, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Best-Seller List.
Elizabeth I. McCann - Broadway productions include HAIR, Equus, Passing Strange, Butley, Well, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat, Copenhagen, A View from the Bridge, Dracula, Elephant Man, Morning's at Seven, Mass Appeal, Amadeus, Home, Piaf, Rose, Leader of the Pack, Stepping Out, Orpheus Descending. With Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, All's Well That Ends Well, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sherlock Homes and London Assurance. With James M. Nederlander: My Fat Friend, Otherwise Engaged, Habeas Corpus, The Dresser. Off-Broadway: Beckett/Albee, The Play About the Baby, Three Tall Women, The Lady and the Clarinet, Painting Churches and Pacific Overtures. West End: Three Tall Women, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, The Unexpected Man and The Three Sisters. A 2004 inductee into the Theatre Hall of Fame, Ms. McCann is the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Woman Award from the Women Business Owners of N.Y. (1981), the James J. and James Hoey Award for Interracial Justice (1981), a Special Drama League Award for co-producing The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway (1982), and the Dr. Louis M. Spadero Award from Fordham University's Graduate School of Business (1982). She is also the recipient of 8 Tony Awards. Ms. McCann holds a BA from Manhattanville College, an MA from Columbia University, a Doctor of Law Degree from Fordham University, and three honorary doctorates (Manhattanville College: PhD, 1983 and ArtsD, 1987 and Marymount College: LtD, 1993).
OTHER UPCOMING LPTW EVENTS:

OCTOBER 18TH MILLY BARRANGER ON Cheryl Crawford

League member and author Milly Barranger has been invited to present her recently published book, A Gamblers Instinct: The Story of Broadway Producer Cheryl Crawford, as part of "Life Upon the Wicked Stage: New Books in the Performing Arts," a series sponsored by the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Ms. Barranger will draw upon the Library's archive to illustrate her talk on Cheryl Crawford's adventures in producing - from Tennessee Williams to Lerner and Loewe. The event is free, and first come, first served on Monday, October 18th at 6 p.m. in the Library's Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue near 65th Street.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AWARDS PRESENTATION LUNCHEON
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Josephine Abady AWARD,
AND Lee Reynolds AWARD

The LPTW's Lifetime Achievement Award honors women exhibiting exemplary service to the theatre. Past recipients include Dorothy Olim, Betty Comden, Ellen Stewart, Fifi Oscard, Martha Swope, Sylvia Herscher, Rosetta LeNoire and Lucille Lortel, among others.

The Josephine Abady Award honors an emerging director or producer of a work of cultural diversity, who has worked professionally in the theatre for a period of at least five years. Past recipients of this award include Evelyn Collins, founder and director of the Harlem Ensemble Company; Debra Ann Byrd, founder and producing artistic director of Take Wing and Soar Productions, Inc.; and directors Gisela Cardenas and Tamilla Woodard.

The Lee Reynolds Award annually honors women active in any aspect of theatre whose work for, in, about or through the medium of theatre has helped illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural or political change. Karen Finley, Caridad Svich, Emily Mann, Estelle Parsons, Lynne Meadow, Marlo Thomas, Ruby Dee, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Betty Corwin and Harriet Slaughter are past recipients.

Recipients will be announced in October. Awards will be presented on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street) at 12:00 noon. Tickets are $65 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122700 or by phone: 1-800-838-3006 option 1 (use event code 122700).
Please visit our website for more information: www.TheatreWomen.org

Kathleen Turner - Screen icon Kathleen Turner has garnered critical acclaim for her performances in various movies including Body Heat, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; Romancing The Stone and Prizzi's Honor, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for each; Peggy Sue Got Married, which brought Turner both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination; and War of the Roses, and yet another Golden Globe nomination. Turner's extensive film credits also include The Man with Two Brains, with Steve Martin; Jewel of the Nile, with Michael Douglas; The Accidental Tourist; V.I. Warshawski; John Waters' Serial Mom; Naked in New York; Moonlight and Valentino; The Real Blonde; and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides. Ms. Turner has also starred on Broadway in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, for which she received a Tony nomination; Indiscretions; The Graduate; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for which she received a second Tony nomination. Ms. Turner had a major recurring role last season playing the role of Sue Collini on Showtime's hit series, Californication. This spring Ms. Turner starred as Molly Ivins in the world premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Philadelphia Theater Center and immediately following that shot the starring role in an independent film called The Perfect Family. Ms. Turner is currently starring in the world premiere of a play by Matthew Lombardo called HIGH. In addition to her film and stage credits, Turner wrote of her many accomplishments and life experiences in her 2008 autobiography titled Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on my Life, Love, and Leading Roles, which secured a position on the New York Times Best-Seller List.
Elizabeth I. McCann - Broadway productions include HAIR, Equus, Passing Strange, Butley, Well, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat, Copenhagen, A View from the Bridge, Dracula, Elephant Man, Morning's at Seven, Mass Appeal, Amadeus, Home, Piaf, Rose, Leader of the Pack, Stepping Out, Orpheus Descending. With Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, All's Well That Ends Well, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Good, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Sherlock Homes and London Assurance. With James M. Nederlander: My Fat Friend, Otherwise Engaged, Habeas Corpus, The Dresser. Off-Broadway: Beckett/Albee, The Play About the Baby, Three Tall Women, The Lady and the Clarinet, Painting Churches and Pacific Overtures. West End: Three Tall Women, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, The Unexpected Man and The Three Sisters. A 2004 inductee into the Theatre Hall of Fame, Ms. McCann is the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Woman Award from the Women Business Owners of N.Y. (1981), the James J. and James Hoey Award for Interracial Justice (1981), a Special Drama League Award for co-producing The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby on Broadway (1982), and the Dr. Louis M. Spadero Award from Fordham University's Graduate School of Business (1982). She is also the recipient of 8 Tony Awards. Ms. McCann holds a BA from Manhattanville College, an MA from Columbia University, a Doctor of Law Degree from Fordham University, and three honorary doctorates (Manhattanville College: PhD, 1983 and ArtsD, 1987 and Marymount College: LtD, 1993).
OTHER UPCOMING LPTW EVENTS:

OCTOBER 18TH MILLY BARRANGER ON Cheryl Crawford

League member and author Milly Barranger has been invited to present her recently published book, A Gamblers Instinct: The Story of Broadway Producer Cheryl Crawford, as part of "Life Upon the Wicked Stage: New Books in the Performing Arts," a series sponsored by the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Ms. Barranger will draw upon the Library's archive to illustrate her talk on Cheryl Crawford's adventures in producing - from Tennessee Williams to Lerner and Loewe. The event is free, and first come, first served on Monday, October 18th at 6 p.m. in the Library's Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue near 65th Street.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9TH AWARDS PRESENTATION LUNCHEON
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Josephine Abady AWARD,
AND Lee Reynolds AWARD

The LPTW's Lifetime Achievement Award honors women exhibiting exemplary service to the theatre. Past recipients include Dorothy Olim, Betty Comden, Ellen Stewart, Fifi Oscard, Martha Swope, Sylvia Herscher, Rosetta LeNoire and Lucille Lortel, among others.

The Josephine Abady Award honors an emerging director or producer of a work of cultural diversity, who has worked professionally in the theatre for a period of at least five years. Past recipients of this award include Evelyn Collins, founder and director of the Harlem Ensemble Company; Debra Ann Byrd, founder and producing artistic director of Take Wing and Soar Productions, Inc.; and directors Gisela Cardenas and Tamilla Woodard.

The Lee Reynolds Award annually honors women active in any aspect of theatre whose work for, in, about or through the medium of theatre has helped illuminate the possibilities for social, cultural or political change. Karen Finley, Caridad Svich, Emily Mann, Estelle Parsons, Lynne Meadow, Marlo Thomas, Ruby Dee, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Betty Corwin and Harriet Slaughter are past recipients.

Recipients will be announced in October. Awards will be presented on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at Sardi's (234 West 44th Street) at 12:00 noon. Tickets are $65 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122700 or by phone: 1-800-838-3006 option 1 (use event code 122700).
Please visit our website for more information: www.TheatreWomen.org

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