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The Actors Fund Celebrates Expansion of Acclaimed Senior Care Facility

For immediate release
DATE: April 24, 2009
CONTACT: Ina Clark – 212.221.7300 ext. 176

Improvements Include More Beds, State of the Art Rehab Center and Much More

(New York, NY) – The Lillian Booth Actors Home of The Actors Fund, an acclaimed assisted living and skilled nursing care facility for those who worked in performing arts and entertainment, is celebrating today the completion of an $11 million renovation and expansion.

The results of the three year project are an additional 15 nursing beds, the creation of a  state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, two new buffet style dining areas and a major renovation with a wide variety of quality of life enhancements for the residents, including upgrading of all common areas of the home.
Today’s celebration also includes The Actors Fund’s annual marking of William Shakespeare’s birthday, as stipulated in the will of the great 19th century Philadelphia actor Edwin Forrest.

Highlights of the event include:


  1. Formal “reopening” of the Home, hosted by Actors Fund President Brian Stokes Mitchell.
  2. A Shakespeare reading by Geoffrey Rush, Academy Award-winner for Shine and star of the current Broadway hit Exit the King.
  3. Remarks by acclaimed actors Lynn Redgrave and Jane Powell.

The renovated spaces include The MusiCares Arts Salon, a grand community room outfitted with full stage lighting, multimedia and sound systems, which will be home to many wonderful performances and entertainment. The Salon includes photographs of MusiCares’ “Persons of the Year” as well as a lithograph created and donated by Tony Bennett. Also of historic interest is The Shubert Grand Foyer, which includes iconic artwork and glorious photographs from the Shubert Archives.

“Today’s Celebration marks an important milestone for The Actors Fund as we continue to build on our 127 year history of providing essential programs and services to everyone who works in performing arts and entertainment,” said Fund President Brian Stokes Mitchell. “Beyond delivering high quality care, it’s important that these residents have the chance to continue as a part of our unique community.” Added Actors Fund Executive Director Joe Benincasa, “All of us at The Actors Fund believe that the needs of these colleagues – and of everyone who comes to us for assistance in times of crisis – be addressed with compassion and excellence.”

The coming months will see additional changes and improvements at the Booth Home, including new gardens and outdoor spaces with Bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, a single hole putting green.

To see a slideshow of the new Lillian Booth Actors Home, visit

THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund – which supports those on stage and on screen and everyone behind the scenes who works in theatre, film, TV, music, dance, radio and opera – is a safety net, providing social services and emergency assistance, health services and health insurance information, employment and training programs and housing support for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more about all of The Actors Fund’s services and programs at

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