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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tony Awards Flashback #1: 30 acceptance speeches (and Elizabeth Taylor)



In honor of the 67th Tony Awards this Sunday (June 9), I thought it would be fun to look back at some past Tony winners (the above pics feature 1992 winner Susan Stroman with Patti LuPone and Liza Minnelli and 1983 winners Tommy Tune, Harvey Fierstein and Matthew Broderick). So below you can enjoy 30 acceptance speeches (and presenter Elizabeth Taylor):

Marlene Dietrich was presented with a Special Tony Award by Gregory Peck at the 22nd Tony Awards in 1968.



Angela Lansbury (Best Actress in a Musical for Dear World in 1969, Gypsy in 1975 and Sweeney Todd in 1979 and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Blithe Spirit in 2009).



Al Pacino (Best Featured Actor in a Play for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?) at the 23rd Tony Awards in 1969 (presented by Patty Duke and introduced by host Diahann Carroll).



Maureen Stapleton (Best Actress in a Play for The Gingerbread Lady) at the 25th Tony Awards in 1971 (presented by Anthony Quinn).



Bette Midler was presented with a Special Tony Award by Johnny Carson at the 28th Tony Awards in 1974.



Tommy Tune (Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Seesaw) at the 28th Tony Awards in 1974 (presented by Suzanne Pleshette).



Rita Moreno (Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Ritz) at the 29th Tony Awards in 1975.



Kelly Bishop (Best Featured Actress in a Musical for A Chorus Line) at the 30th Tony Awards in 1976 (presented by Jerry Lewis).



Donna McKechnie (Best Actress in a Musical for A Chorus Line) at the 30th Tony Awards in 1976 (presented by Clifton Davis).



Ann Wedgeworth (Best Featured Actress in a Play for Chapter Two) at the 32nd Tony Awards in 1978 (presented by Dick Van Patten).



Ian McKellen (Best Actor in a Play for Amadeus) at the 35th Tony Awards in 1981 (presented by Colleen Dewhurst).



Lena Horne was presented with a Special Tony Award for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music by Richard Chamberlain at the 35th Tony Awards in 1981.



Elizabeth Taylor presented the Tony Award for Best Musical to 42nd Street at the 35th Tony Awards in 1981.



Christine Baranski (Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Real Thing) at the 38th Tony Awards in 1984 (presented by Robert Guillaume).



Chita Rivera (Best Actress in a Musical for The Rink) at the 38th Tony Awards in 1984 (presented by Robert Preston).



Maggie Smith (Best Actress in a Play for Lettice and Lovage) at the 44th Tony Awards in 1990 (presented by Matthew Broderick).



Lea Salonga (Best Actress in a Musical for Miss Saigon) at the 45th Tony Awards in 1991 (presented by Joel Grey).



Jonathan Pryce (Best Actor in a Musical for Miss Saigon) at the 45th Tony Awards in 1991 (presented by Lily Tomlin).



Chita Rivera (Best Actress in a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman) at the 47th Tony Awards in 1993 (presented by Ben Vereen and introduced by host Liza Minnelli).



Donna Murphy (Best Actress in a Musical for The King and I) at the 50th Tony Awards in 1996 (presented by Bernadette Peters and Liza Minnelli)



Nathan Lane (Best Actor in a Musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) at the 50th Tony Awards in 1996 (presented by Harry Belafonte).



Bebe Neuwirth (Best Actress in a Musical for Chicago) at the 51st Tony Awards in 1997 (presented by Mandy Patinkin).



Audra Mcdonald (Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Ragtime) at the 52nd Tony Awards in 1998 (presented by Gregory Hines).



Kristin Chenoweth (Best Featured Actress in a Musical for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) at the 53rd Tony Awards in 1999 (presented by Swoosie Kurtz and Ben Stiller).



Mary-Louise Parker (Best Actress in a Play for Proof) at the 55th Tony Awards in 2001 (presented by Gwyneth Paltrow).



Nathan Lane (Best Actor in a Musical for The Producers) at the 55th Tony Awards in 2001 (presented by Dame Edna Everage).



Cherry Jones (Best Actress in a Play for Doubt) at the 59th Tony Awards in 2005 (presented by Marcia Cross).



Laura Benanti (Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Gypsy) at the 62nd Tony Awards in 2008 (presented by Kristin Chenoweth).

2 comments:

john said...

Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful theater memories.

Marc said...

You're welcome, John!