Lansbury to be honored at playhouse
Lansbury honored at playhouse
NEW HOPE Angela Lansbury, the legendary actress and singer, was in New Hope this week to add another item to her already prodigious resumé: she became the first inductee into the Bucks County Playhouse Alumni Hall of Fame.
The playhouse, which reopened last year after being closed for 18 months, was one of the nation's top summer theaters in the mid-20th century.
Lansbury, who won five Tony Awards and six Golden Globes, was one of several stars to take the stage at the converted mill; others have included Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Liza Minnelli.
Current producing director Jed Bernstein said that Lansbury performed at the playhouse in 1952's Affairs of State. Her other achievements in theater and on screen, he said, make her a worthy honoree.
"I can't think of anybody who has the range of talents, the variety of a career, and the charm and classiness that Angela Lansbury has," he said.
Lansbury received her award at a sold-out ceremony Monday, which was attended by Tony Award winners Tyne Daly and Christine Ebersole as well as theatrical producer Harold Smith. - Chris Palmer