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Free Event: Elizabeth Ashley at NYPL

The League of Professional Theatre Women and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will host the Edith Meiser Oral History Monday, January 24, 2011 at 6:00 pm.  Tony Award-winning actress Elizabeth Ashley; most recently seen in Me, Myself, and I and Diving the Estate; will be interviewed by producer/director Rick McKay, the award-winning filmmaker responsible for the Broadway: The Golden Age films.

The event is free and open to the public.  First come, first served.  It will be held at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Bruno Walter Auditorium (65th and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

Elizabeth Ashley, a true original, started her career with a bang – and a Tony Award- in George Abbott’s Take Her, She’s Mine, and continued her streak with Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park opposite the then-unknown Robert Redford.  She has appeared in several Hollywood films in the 60’s and 70’s including Ship of Fools, Coma, Vampire’s Kiss and The Carpetbaggers and has played in numerous television shows. Ms. Ashley’s star rose again with a string of highly-lauded roles, the most memorable of which, in the mid-seventies – was Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  While many know her best from her early 90’s sitcom Evening Shade, fans, in New York and around the country, have had the  special thrill of seeing her in a  number of roles over the last few decades.  Most recently she was admired for her outstanding performance in Diving the Estate followed by a stirring and unforgettable turn in August: Osage County. Most recently she created a role in Edward Albee’s latest play, Me, Myself, & I. She appears regularly in the acclaimed HBO television series, Treme.

Ms. Ashley’s 1978 memoir, Actress: Postcards from the Road became a best seller.  She was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute while serving on the first National Council of the Arts during the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and has also served on the President’s Committee for the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Awards.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Edith Meiser Foundation.  For more information, visit the League of Professional Theatre Women’s web site.


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