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The League of Professional Theatre Women Presented Betty Corwin With a Special Lifetime Achievement Award Right Before She Turns 97

The League of Professional Theatre Women Presented Betty Corwin With a Special Lifetime Achievement Award Right Before She Turns 97

The League of Professional Theatre Women Presented Betty Corwin With a Special Lifetime Achievement Award at Sardis for her work as the founder of the theatre archives at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons, Kathleen Chalfant,Paula Vogel, Daryl Roth, Linda Weiner, Patrick Hoffman, Philip Carrubba, James Morgan, Jamie deRoy, Carmen de Lavallade and many more joined in the celebration of Betty.

Jamie deRoy, Kathleen Chalfant, Daryl Roth, Betty Corwin, Estelle Parsons

Betty Corwin, Jamie deRoy, Kathleen Chalfant, Daryl Roth, Estelle Parsons

Corwin, founded and was the director of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archives (TOFT). It is thanks to Betty, that we have preserved visual records of live theatre performances, that will now never be forgotten. Since 1970, TOFT has produced video recordings of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions. Corwin received a 2001 TONY Award for founding TOFT and has spoken about the Archive to groups across the country and abroad.

Betty Corwin

Betty enjoying the festivities

The night produced by League memeber Pat Addiss who thanked Ludovica Villar-Hauser for all her help. Pat who is a producer on Desperate Measures brought up the fabulous Nick Wyman who introduced cast members Lauren Molina and Conor Ryan, who sang “Just For You” accompanied by composer David Friedman.

David Friedman

David Friedman

The lovely “It’s Good To Be Alive,” followed.

Kathleen Chalfant, Paula Vogel, Daryl Roth

Kathleen Chalfant, Paula Vogel, Daryl Roth

Introducing Betty was Paula Vogel who worked for Betty as her secretary, until Betty found out she was a playwright and raised her salary and position.

Betty Corwin, Estelle Parsons

Betty Corwin, Estelle Parsons

Letters were read from the Governor, Charlotte St. Martin and the Broadway League and Chita Rivera.

Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade

Then Betty got up and talked and for those of us who used that library, we fell in love with her courage and resilience. There was a time that the archive was my entertainment and my school. On November 19, Betty will be 97.

Betty was then given an award by Ludovica Villar-Hauser  in a beautiful blue Tiffany’s box.

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant talked about what it meant to be filmed.

Lorca Perez

Lorca Peress

For 35 years, the LPTW has been committed to honoring women in the field and for fighting for gender parity in theatre. LPTW is funded and sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Betty Corwin, Patrick Hoffman

Betty Corwin and Patrick Hoffman

Linda Weiner

Linda Weiner

Philip Cruba,James Morgan

Philip Currubba, friend, James Morgan

Batty Corwin

Batty Corwin

Paula Vogel

Paula and friend

Betty Corwin, Daryl Roth, Estelle Parsons

Betty Corwin, Daryl Roth, Estelle Parsons

 library of Lincoln Center

From the library of Lincoln Center

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Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

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