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THE ACTORS FUND GALA TO HONOR ARTIST/ACTIVIST HARRY BELAFONTE, ACTING COUPLE JERRY STILLER AND ANNE MEARA, AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER DAVID STEINER

(April 4, 2012, NYC) The Actors Fund’s annual gala on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, will honor Tony and Emmy Award winning artist / activist Harry Belafonte, acting duo Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, and real estate developer David Steiner. Read more.

 

THE ACTORS FUND GALA
TO HONOR ARTIST/ACTIVIST HARRY BELAFONTE,
ACTING COUPLE JERRY STILLER AND ANNE MEARA,
AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER DAVID STEINER

STILLER, MEARA AND STEINER TO RECEIVE THE FUND’S MEDAL OF HONOR,
AND BELAFONTE THE LEE STRASBERG ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

(April 4, 2012, NYC) The Actors Fund’s annual gala on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, will honor Tony and Emmy Award winning artist / activist Harry Belafonte, acting duo Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, and real estate developer David Steiner.

Belafonte will be honored for his lifelong career as artist and activist with the Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement Award, while Stiller and Meara will receive The Actors Fund Medal of Honor for their long-time commitment to The Fund. Steiner, a trustee since 2006, will also receive The Fund’s Medal of Honor for his service to the national human services organization.

The event begins with 6 pm cocktails, with dinner and entertainment at 7 pm. The evening will include special tribute performances by guests to be announced.

For tickets to the May 21 gala evening, call 212.627.1000 or email actorsfund@resevt.com. For more information and updates, visit www.actorsfund.org.

About The Actors Fund:

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone— performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,800 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has—for 130 years—been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.

 

Honoree Bios:

Harry Belafonte

Mr. Belafonte has had an inordinately successful career as an artist and activist. His album “Calypso” was the first LP to sell over 1 million records. His first Broadway appearance in JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANAC earned him the coveted Tony Award. As the first black producer in television, he won an Emmy for his CBS production of AN EVENING WITH BELAFONTE directed by Norman Jewison. Similarly, Mr. Belafonte is well known for his lifelong commitment to human rights around the world. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with whom Mr. Belafonte shared a deep and abiding affection, said of his friend, “Belafonte's global popularity and his commitment to our cause is a key ingredient to the global struggle for freedom and a powerful tactical weapon in the Civil Rights movement here in America.” Mr. Belafonte was also a prominent contributor to the ending of the oppressive apartheid government of South Africa and for the release of his friend, Nelson Mandela after twenty-seven and a half years of incarceration.

Harry Belafonte has been honored many times by many diverse groups, including an appointment as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and a 1994 National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. Mr. Belafonte's much anticipated memoir "My Song" was released in October of 2011, along with an HBO debut of the critically acclaimed bio-documentary "Sing Your Song" later that same month.

Mr. Belafonte has four children – Adrienne, Shari, David, and Gina, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He resides in New York City with his wife Pamela.

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Anne Meara

Anne is known as half of the comedy team, “Stiller & Meara” but also boasts an impressive solo career. On Broadway, Anne appeared in Richard Greenberg’s “Eastern Standard” and in the Roundabout’s production of “Anna Christie” for which she received a Tony Award nomination.

As “Stiller & Meara”, Anne and her husband Jerry, gained nationwide fame as a comedy team on the “Ed Sullivan Show”. They have performed together nationally in nightclubs and regional theatres and have made countless appearances on television.

Anne has been featured in the films “The Out of Towners”, “Fame”, “The Boys From Brazil”, “Lovers And Other Strangers” and “Awakenings”. She was seen in the feature film, “Like Mike” for Twentieth Century Fox and “Night at the Museum” with her son Ben. On television Anne appeared for several years as Peggy Moody on ABC’s “All My Children”. Other television appearances include the title role in the CBS series “Kate McShane” and recurring roles on “Rhoda”, “Archie Bunker’s Place”, “Alf”, “Sex in the City” and “King of Queens”.  Guest appearances include “Murder She Wrote”, “Heat of the Night”, “Homicide”, ‘Ed’, “Will And Grace” and “Law and Order: SVU”. Anne has received five Emmy nominations for her television work including a 1997 nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for “Homicide”.

Anne was co-writer (with Lila Garrett) and star of “The Other Woman”, a CBS Movie of the Week, which won a Writer’s Guild Award. Anne’s script “After-Play” was produced by Manhattan Theatre Club and enjoyed a sold-out run before moving Off-Broadway to Theatre Four. Anne received the Outer Critic’s Circle John Gassner Award for Playwriting for “After-Play”. Her next play, “Down the Garden Paths”, starred John Shea, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson and was produced at The George Street Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre and Off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

In February 2007 Anne and Jerry were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only one of four married couples to ever be honored with their own star.
Recently Anne and Jerry hosted their own web series, Stiller and Meara.com on Yahoo and Hulu. The series highlights Anne and Jerry’s views on a variety of hot topics.      

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Jerry Stiller

As Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld,” Jerry Stiller was nominated for a 1997 Emmy Award, won the 1998 American Comedy Award for “Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a Television Series” and in 2008 was honored by viewers and the Paley Center for Media as “TV’s All Time Funniest Relative”. Following Seinfeld Jerry enjoyed a nine-year run as “Arthur Spooner” on the hit CBS series, King of Queens.

Broadway has seen Jerry in “Hurlyburly,” directed by Mike Nichols, “The Ritz,” “Passione,” “The Golden Apple,” “Unexpected Guests,” “Three Men on a Horse” (with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman), “What's Wrong with This Picture” and “The Three Sisters.”

“Shoeshine,” for Annette Insdorf, starred Jerry and his son Ben Stiller, and was nominated for an Academy Award in the 1988 Short Subject Category. Other film appearances include The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, Those Lips-Those Eyes, Airport '75, Nadine, The Ritz, and The Pickle. He and Anne starred in the Joan Micklin Silver film, The Fish in the Bathtub.  Other films include Seize the Day and The Hollow Boy for Robert Geller and Zoolander, (directed by and starring Ben). His starring role in The Independent opposite Janeane Garafolo garnered rave reviews nationwide. Jerry appeared as Wilbur Turnblad opposite Divine in the original version of Hairspray and as Mr. Pinky in the musical version (starring John Travolta). Jerry was seen in the Farrelly Brother’s film The Heartbreak Kid (once again co-starring with Ben). He is also featured in the documentary When the World Breaks which was featured in several film festivals during 2010 and 2011.

In February 2007 Jerry and his wife Anne were honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only one of four married couples to ever be honored with their own star. Jerry’s autobiography, Married to Laughter was published by Simon and Schuster. The audio version of the book, released by Random House and read by Jerry, received a 2000 Grammy Award nomination in the Spoken Word category.

Currently Jerry can be seen alongside Anne in their internet series www.stillerandmeara.com, where they tackle a variety of hot topics.

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David S. Steiner

David S. Steiner, chairman of Steiner Equities Group, LLC, has a long and distinguished history as a real estate developer. His expertise lies in the development of industrial and office parks and commercial facilities in New Jersey and 13 other states.

David Steiner built Steiner Studios, a $150 million state-of-the-art Hollywood-style film and production facility at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, which opened in 2004. Steiner Studios has already housed numerous major TV and film productions including: Damages; The Producers; The Movie Musical; Fur; Inside Man; Across the Universe; Super Ex-Girlfriend; Spider Man III; Nanny Diaries and The Hoax. He recently co-produced the film, 100 Feet, and produced the play, Looped, staring Valerie Harper. With Valerie Harper and Tony Cacciotti, he produced the film Golda’s Balcony.

Currently, as a trustee of The Actors Fund and member of the Board of Directors of the National Yiddish Book Center, Mr. Steiner is working on building a new home for the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre. Highly active in public service, he has served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and has played leadership roles with the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the State of New Jersey Economic Development Council, the Office Developers Association, the Urban Land Institute, and the New Jersey Commerce Commission.

Mr. Steiner and his wife, Sylvia, live in West Orange, New Jersey.