Aasif Hakim Mandviwala, known professionally as Aasif Mandvi, is a British-American actor and comedian. He began appearing as an occasional contributing correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006. On March 12, 2007, he was promoted to a regular correspondent, he is the lead actor, co-writer and producer of the web series Halal in the Family, which premiered on Funny or Die in 2015, an actor, writer and co-producer of the HBO comedy series The Brink. Mandvi is the author of the book No Land's Man. Mandvi was born in Bombay, India, to a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim family, his family moved to England, when he was a year old, in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford, where his father, had come to work in textiles research at Bradford University, ran a corner shop, while his mother, was a nurse. Although Mandvi identifies himself as a "working-class kid from Bradford", he attended the independent Woodhouse Grove School, his father grew frustrated with Margaret Thatcher's Britain and moved his family to Tampa, Florida when Mandvi was 16.
After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Theatre, Mandvi worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. He moved to New York City, where he began appearing in off-Broadway productions. During this time, he was active in Indian, he won an Obie Award for his critically acclaimed one-man show Sakina's Restaurant. On Broadway, Mandvi appeared as Ali Hakim in the 2002 production of Oklahoma! Directed by Trevor Nunn, he appeared in the play Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner. He portrayed Fritz Haber in the off-Broadway play Einstein's Gift. Mandvi played Melchior in On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and appeared in the docudrama Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom at the Culture Project. In 2012 Mandvi starred in Disgraced at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater, he played the lead role of Amir, a Pakistani American lawyer struggling with his identity and Islam in the drama by Ayad Akhtar. The play went on to win the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Mandvi was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his role. Mandvi made his television debut as a doorman at the Miami Biltmore Hotel in the episode "Line of Fire" of the series Miami Vice, he has since appeared in numerous television shows including ER, The Sopranos and the City, CSI, Oz, Ed, The Bedford Diaries, Sleeper Cell and various editions of Law & Order, including Criminal Intent, Special Victims Unit and Trial by Jury. He was the book reader for audio editions of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown and V. S. Naipaul's Magic Seeds. In 2011 he appeared in Taco Bell commercials. In 2006, Mandvi auditioned for The Daily Show, he was hired and appeared on the show the same day. Mandvi became a regular correspondent in 2007, he appears in segments satirizing and commenting on Islamic, Middle-Eastern, South-Asian-related issues with such titles as "Senior Asian Correspondent," "Senior Middle East Correspondent," "Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent," and "Senior Muslim Correspondent." In 2013, Mandvi was cast in a recurring role on Us & Them.
In October 2013, during a segment on The Daily Show, Mandvi's interview with Don Yelton led to Yelton's resignation from the North Carolina Republican Party office. In November 2014, he appeared on The Dan Patrick Show. On the show, he revealed the story from his book No Land's Man where his father moved his family to the U. S. because the U. S. has brunch. Beginning in June 2015, Mandvi portrayed Rafiq Massoud in the HBO comedy series The Brink. Mandvi serves as a writer and co-producer on the series. In April 2015, Mandvi appeared on Person of Interest as Sulaiman Khan, the CEO of a software security firm. In 2016, Mandvi joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of its celebrity correspondents. In 2017, Mandvi guest-starred in two episodes of the first season of the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events as Montgomery "Uncle Monty" Montgomery, a herpetologist and distant relative of the Baudelaire children, he returned to the role for one episode during season two.
Mandvi played minor roles in the films The Siege and Die Hard with a Vengeance as well as the title role in Merchant Ivory Productions' film The Mystic Masseur. He had a major supporting role in the independent film American Chai, playing the lead character's roommate, "Engineering Sam." He played the doctor who diagnosed Paul Vitti's panic attacks in Analyze This, had a role as Mr. Aziz of "Joe's Pizza" in Spider-Man 2, he was in commercials by Domino's Pizza and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He played the tone deaf doorman Khan in Music and Lyrics. Mandvi played a dentist alongside Ricky Gervais in the 2008 romantic comedy Ghost Town, as well as office employee Bob Spaulding in The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock. Today's Special, which Mandvi co-wrote with Jonathan Bines, premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2009 and New York's Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival on November 11, 2009, he appeared in It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.
He co-starred as a Guantanamo captive in the film The Response, a script based on the transcripts of Combatant Status Review Tribunals convened in Guantanamo in 2004. In M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender he played a major role as Commander Zhao. Mandvi played the role of Mr. Chetty in the 2013 comedy The Internship, which starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and portrayed Ash Vasudevan in the 2014 film Million Dol
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the sitcom Modern Family, which earned him five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Jesse Tyler Ferguson was born in Montana, to Anne Ferguson and Robert "Bob" Ferguson, his parents divorced. Ferguson has a brother, Ben Ferguson, sister, Kelly Ferguson. Ferguson was named after his paternal grandmother, Jessie Uppercue Ferguson, to whom he was close growing up, his paternal great-grandfather was named Jesse. His family moved when he was young to New Mexico, where he was raised. At age eight he decided to become an actor, joined the Albuquerque Children's Theater, where he was a member for six years. At Albuquerque's St. Pius X High School, Ferguson played Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and General Bullmoose in Li'l Abner, he participated on the speech and debate team and graduated in 1994. He worked as a dancer/singer at Cliff's Amusement Park. After high school Ferguson attended The American Dramatic Academy in New York City.
In New York City, Ferguson worked in Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre, including the Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where he originated the role of Leaf Coneybear. Ferguson starred in the Public Theater's 2007 Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and 2015 production of The Tempest. In the summer of 2015, he played Sir Robin in the Hollywood Bowl production of Monty Python's Spamalot. In March 2012, Ferguson was featured as Dr. Ilan Meyer in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play 8, a staged reenactment of Perry v. Brown, the federal trial that overturned California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage; the production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a non-profit organization funding the plaintiffs' legal team and sponsoring the play. On television, Ferguson was among the large ensemble cast on the short-lived CBS sitcom The Class, playing Richie Velch.
Ferguson co-starred in the 2008 thriller Untraceable. Since 2009, he has played the role of Mitchell Pritchett, the gay lawyer on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. For his performance, Ferguson has received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, he has appeared as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, opposed actress Chrissy Metz in a 2017 episode of TBS's Drop the Mic. In 2018, Ferguson was one of the actors. In September 2012, Ferguson and his lawyer husband, Justin Mikita, started the non-profit charity'Tie The Knot', an effort to raise funds in support of same-sex marriage, using bow ties sold to retail, they launched it as their engagement announcement in an online video where they explain only seven states at the time had marriage equality. In an interview Ferguson stated that he wanted to do something, smaller and manageable in case it did not work out as a business model; the foundation sells limited-edition bow ties with "proceeds going to organizations nationwide that are working toward marriage equality".
Their collections are designed by the couple plus guest designers, is sold by The Tie Bar, a Naperville, Illinois-based online men's neckwear company. In January 2013, the couple were recruited by Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon to lobby legislators to pass SB10 which would allow same-sex marriage; the bill passed both legislative houses, Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law, going into effect on June 1, 2014. In October 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union named Ferguson the celebrity ambassador for the LGBT community, he participated in the ACLU's "Out for Freedom" campaign They noted that Ferguson travelled to New Mexico, his home state, to take part in same sex marriage efforts. New Mexico does not explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage; the couple’s non-profit made a grant of US$10,000 to the ACLU of New Mexico for same sex efforts. In November 2013, a pop-up retail store for'Tie The Knot' was located at the Los Angeles Beverly Center featuring the fourth collection from the couple, including professional athlete designs with Scott Fujita and Chris Kluwe, Brittney Griner.
Ferguson uses his full name as there was an actor called Jesse Ferguson in the actor's union when he joined. Ferguson is gay and, in September 2012, he announced his engagement to lawyer Justin Mikita, his boyfriend of nearly two years, they married in Manhattan on July 20, 2013, with the playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner officiating at their wedding. On the process of coming out, Ferguson said he had to tell his father three times: "It's a coming out process for them as well," and takes time, he has one brother, both younger. Ferguson owns a dog named Hamamma. Ferguson is a known supporter of Democratic political candidates and is shown in the 2016 Democratic National Convention promotional trailer "Our Fight Song." SinglesMy Lifelong Love Jesse Tyler Ferguson on Twitter Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Internet Broadway Database Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Jesse Tyler Ferguson on IMDb
Zachary Israel Braff is an American actor, director and producer. He is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. In 2004, Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State, which he wrote, starred in, compiled the soundtrack album for, he shot the film in his home state of New Jersey for a budget of $2.5 million. The film made over $35 million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following, he won numerous awards for his directing work and won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005. Braff directed his second film, Wish I Was Here, which he funded with a Kickstarter campaign. Braff appeared on stage in All New People, which he starred in, it premiered in New York City in 2011 before playing in London's West End. He played the lead role in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway in 2014. Braff was born in New Jersey.
His father, Harold Irwin "Hal" Braff, is a trial attorney and graduate and professor of Rutgers Law School, his mother, Anne Brodzinsky, worked as a clinical psychologist. His parents remarried others during Braff's childhood. One of his siblings, Joshua, is an author. Braff's father was born into a Jewish family, Braff's mother a Protestant, converted to Judaism before marrying his father. Braff said that he had a "very strong Conservative/Orthodox upbringing." He had his Bar Mitzvah at Oheb Shalom Congregation. In 2005, he stated that he was "not a huge organized religion guy," and in 2013, he said that "the religion doesn’t work for me," although he identifies as Jewish. Through his mother's New England ancestors, Braff is a ninth cousin of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Braff has wanted to be a filmmaker since his early childhood, has described it as his "life dream." Braff was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at age ten. During his childhood, Braff was a friend of future Fugees member Lauryn Hill at Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Braff attended Stagedoor Manor, a performing arts "training center" for youth actors ages 10 to 18. It was there that he had his first kiss. Stagedoor is where Braff met actor Josh Charles, still a friend. Braff knows Stagedoor alums Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, Joshua Radin. Braff attended the Northwestern University School of Communication, where he became a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, graduated in the class of 1997. One of Braff's earliest roles was in High, a proposed 1989 CBS television series with a cast that included Gwyneth Paltrow and Craig Ferguson. Braff appeared in the 1990s series The Baby-sitters Club, in an episode titled "Dawn Saves the Trees." He appeared in Woody Allen's 1993 film Manhattan Murder Mystery. In 1998, Braff had a part in a George C. Wolfe production of Macbeth for New York City's Public Theater. Braff played "J. D." on the medical comedy TV series Scrubs which debuted in 2001. The role was Braff's first major role in a television show. Braff was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show.
Braff directed several episodes of Scrubs, including its one-hundredth, "My Way Home." For the show's ninth season, Braff was a cast member for six episodes and served as one of the executive producers. Braff directed several episodes of Scrubs. Braff wrote, directed and starred in 2004's Garden State, filmed in his home state of New Jersey. Producers were reluctant to finance the film, which Braff wrote in six months. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, his "mixtape" won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for the Garden State soundtrack. On April 24, 2013, Braff started a Kickstarter campaign to finance the film Wish I Was Here, based on a script he wrote with his brother, Adam Braff; the goal of $2,000,000 was reached in three days. He directed and starred in the film, released in 2014. Braff was the executive producer of the documentary Video Games: The Movie, he was one of the Executive Producers of The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, released in 2014.
He has directed several music videos: Gavin DeGraw's "Chariot," Joshua Radin's "Closer" and "I'd Rather Be With You," Cary Brothers' "Ride," and Lazlo Bane's "Superman," the theme song from Scrubs. His music production has resulted in newfound success for some of the artists featured on his film soundtracks, such as The Shins, who were prominently featured on the Garden State soundtrack and the Scrubs soundtrack, resulting in the expression "the Zach Braff effect." Along with other Scrubs cast members, Braff has a small role playing himself in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. He voiced the titular character in the Disney animated film Chicken Little, has reprised the role in various Disney video games such as Chicken Little, Kingdom Hearts II, Chicken Little: Ace in Action and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX. Braff has done voiceovers for commercials, including a PUR water campaign, Wendy's in 2007 and 2008, in Cottonelle as the voice of the puppy, he provided the voice of Finley in the Disney film Oz The Great and Powerful.
In 2005, Braff was featured on Punk'd when he was tricked into chasing and beating a supposed vandal who appeared to be spray-painting his brand new Porsche. Braff was in talks to star in the film Fletch Won and had signed on to play the role played by Dane Cook in Mr. Brook
William Mills Irwin is an American actor and comedian. He began as a vaudeville-style stage performer and has been noted for his contribution to the renaissance of American circus during the 1970s, he has made a number of appearances on film and television, he won a Tony Award for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. He is known as Mr. Noodle on the Sesame Street segment Elmo's World, has appeared in the Sesame Street film short Does Air Move Things?, appears as a therapist on Law and Order: SVU. Irwin was born in Santa Monica, the son of Elizabeth, a teacher, Horace G. Irwin, an aerospace engineer, he graduated from Oberlin College in 1974 and attended Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College the following year. In 1975, he helped found the Pickle Family Circus in California. In 1979, Irwin left the company to pursue stage work. Irwin has created several regarded stage shows that incorporate elements of clowning in collaboration with composer Doug Skinner; these works included The Regard of Flight, which ran on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in April 1987 for 17 performances.
New York, Fool Moon,The Harlequin Studies, Mr. Fox: A Rumination. Mr. Fox is a production that Irwin has worked on for years, a biography of 19th century clown George Washington Lafayette Fox that has autobiographical elements. In 2013, he teamed with his occasional partner David Shiner to create and perform in the Off-Broadway "clowning revue-with-music" Old Hats along with actress and musician Nellie McKay. Old Hats won the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Old Hats was revived in New York City in 2016 with Shiner and Irwin returning and a new third performer, musician Shaina Taub, in between sketches Taub performed original songs with a band, he adapted Molière's play Les Fourberies de Scapin as a comedy called Scapin, has played the title role in several productions. He appeared in the play at the Off-Broadway Roundabout Theatre Company Laura Pels Theatre in January through March 1997, after performing in the play at the Seattle Rep, his adaptation allowed him to interpolate his signature clowning routines into the course of the action.
In 1996, Irwin performed with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps at the 1996 Summer Olympics, in a "band on the run" sequence where he played Dr. Hubert Peterson of the fictitious Federation of United Marching Associations of America. Although Irwin is best known for his theatrical clown work, he has been featured in a number of dramatic plays. Irwin appeared with Steve Martin and Robin Williams in the Lincoln Center Off-Broadway production of Waiting for Godot in 1988, in the role of Lucky. Lucky's only lines consist of a famous 500-word-long monologue, an ironic element for Irwin since much of his clown-based stage work was silent, he directed the 1998 Roundabout Theatre Company production of A Flea in Her Ear. He appeared in 2002 with Sally Field in the replacement cast of The Goat or Who is Sylvia? In 2005, he starred as George alongside Kathleen Turner in a revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He played Vladimir in the 2009 Broadway revival of Waiting for Godot, Mr. McAfee in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie.
In 2011, he appeared in King Lear at the Public Theatre. Irwin's first featured film role was in 1980, appearing as Harold Hamgravy in Robert Altman's Popeye starring Robin Williams, he has appeared in over 20 films in supporting roles. Irwin's principal film roles include playing Eddie Collins in Eight Men Out, which tells the true story of the "Black Sox" gambling scandal of 1919, My Blue Heaven, a 1990 comedy with Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. Irwin tap-danced in a leading role in 1991's Stepping Out with Liza Minnelli, appeared as a mime in the Paul Mazursky film Scenes from a Mall alongside Woody Allen and Bette Midler, played Charlie Sheen's father in Hot Shots! His authentic vaudevillian skills landed him a role in the Sam Shepard film Silent Tongue in 1994, he appeared in film adaptations of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Laramie Project and A Midsummer Night's Dream, he played an ex-brain surgeon, house salesman in the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. In 2006, Irwin played the solitary Mr. Leeds in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water and had a small role in 2007's Across the Universe.
He received critical acclaim for his role as Paul, father to Anne Hathaway's character Kym, in the 2008 drama Rachel Getting Married. Irwin's most notable television roles have been Enrico Ballati, "The Flying Man", on the television series Northern Exposure, Mr. Noodle in the Elmo's World segment of the PBS children's show Sesame Street and the "Dick & Jane" serial killer Nate Haskell on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, he was featured in the 1988 music video of "Don't Worry" by Bobby McFerrin. Irwin was featured in HBO's 1997 production Subway Stories, he has appeared on The Cosby Show, Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Law & Order and Lights Out. In 2011, Irwin guest starred in the pilot episode of the CBS television drama A Gifted Man, he starred in the 2013 medical drama Monday Mornings, as Buck Tierney. In 2014, he guest starred in the episode "The One Percent Solution" of CBS' Elementary. Irwin voices the robot TARS in the film Interstellar, puppeteers the robot in most scenes.
He is featured in the PBS series Great Performances, in the episode titled "Bill Irwin, Clown Prince" broadcast in December 2004. He appears on the NBC crime series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as therapist, Dr. Peter Lindstrom. Lindstrom
Mario Cantone is an American comedian and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle's Show. He played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City, his style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes. Cantone was born in Massachusetts, raised in Stoneham, where his family moved when he was two, he was the fourth of five children of Mario, Sr. a Boston restaurant owner, his wife, Elizabeth. His father moved the family to Stoneham, according to Cantone in a 2004 New York Times interview to get her away from her bookie relatives. Cantone stated that the problem "was that she was not only a bookie but she was a compulsive gambler." His mother, a big band singer in her youth, died when he was 21. Cantone's first impression was of Julia Child, which he presented in a junior high school talent show, he graduated from Stoneham High School in 1978 and Emerson College in 1982.
He began his professional career hosting a children's show called Steampipe Alley, which aired on New York-New Jersey superstation WWOR-TV from 1987 to 1993. In his stand-up concerts, he is known for his campy impressions of entertainment personalities such as Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Morrison, Bette Davis as well as for his original songs. Much of his comedy derives from his boisterous Italian-American family. Cantone, gay, has said that he considers himself an actor and comedian who happens to be gay rather than a gay comic relying on gay jokes. "Talking about being gay is a small part of my show and when I first started I wasn't out on stage but I was out off stage, I didn't lie about it on stage but if you didn't know you were an idiot and you lived in a cave after seeing me…really??" Cantone is known for his role in the HBO series Sex and the City as Anthony Marentino, Charlotte York's gay wedding planner who dispensed advice with a rapid fire delivery. Cantone made his Broadway debut in 1995, replacing Nathan Lane in the role of Buzz in Terrance McNally's Tony Award–winning play, Love!
Valour! Compassion! That year, he appeared in the revival of The Tempest with Patrick Stewart. Several years Cantone did a workshop for The Lion King as Timon but was not comfortable with the makeup or manipulating a puppet and left the project. In 2002, he wrote his own one-man show for Broadway, An Evening With Mario Cantone. A year Cantone starred as Gidger in Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour in a part written for him; the Violet Hour closed after 54 performances. In 2004, Cantone appeared as Samuel Byck in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins. Slated for the 2001 Broadway season, Assassins was postponed because of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In 2001, Cantone had turned down the role of Carmen Ghia in Mel Brooks's The Producers, his other Broadway credits include his second one-man show, Laugh Whore, which ran from October 24, 2004, to January 2, 2005, at the Cort Theatre. Laugh Whore received a Tony Award nomination for Best Special Theatrical Event and an Outer Critics Circle award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Showtime taped the December 11, 2004 performance, which premiered on May 28, 2005. It was the network's first Broadway production to air as a comedy special. In September 2010, Cantone appeared in a staged reading of the Charles Messina play A Room of My Own at The Theatre at 45 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village; as of November 2012, the play was still in development with Cantone in the cast. The Off-Broadway production is expected to begin previews in February 2016, he has appeared in the Comedy Central roasts of Joan Rivers and fellow Boston-area native and Emerson College alumnus, Denis Leary. The network's Chappelle's Show featured him in a segment called "Ask A Gay Dude." His voice over work includes Sunsilk "hairapy" advertisements. And the voice of talent scout Mikey Abromowitz in the 2007 computer animated movie Surf's Up, he has appeared on the Opie and Anthony radio show. A regular guest on the ABC daytime talk show The View since at least 2003 and a guest co-host since 2005, more since 2014, in August 2013, he was in the news as a rumored replacement for retiring co-host Joy Behar.
Cantone was among the judges of the Miss America 2014 pageant. He appeared on the July 2016, episode of The $100,000 Pyramid as a celebrity guest star. In October 2011, Cantone married his partner of musical theater director Jerry Dixon; the ceremony was officiated by pastor Jay Bakker. Official website Mario Cantone on IMDb Mario Cantone at the Internet Broadway Database
American Theatre Wing
The American Theatre Wing is a New York City-based organization "dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre," according to its mission statement. Known as the Stage Women's War Relief during World War I, it became a part of the World War II Allied Relief Fund under its current name; the ATW sponsors the Tony Awards in theatrical arts. Stage Women's War Relief was founded in 1917 to organize charitable giving in support of the war effort, its founders, led by playwright and director Rachel Crothers, included the actress and playwright Louise Closser Hale and actresses Dorothy Donnelly, Josephine Hull, Minnie Dupree, Elizabeth Tyree and Louise Drew. The organization established workrooms for sewing uniforms and other garments, set up clothing and food collection centers, sold Liberty Bonds, opened a canteen on Broadway for servicemen, it presented benefit performances to raise money, including some held in a temporary "Liberty Theater" built outside the New York Public Library.
In total, the group raised nearly $7,000,000 for the war effort. At the beginning of World War II in 1939, Crothers reestablished the Stage Women's War Relief as a branch of the British War Relief Society; the revived organization's members included Mary Antoinette "Toni" Perry, Helen Hayes, Lynn Fontaine, Tallulah Bankhead. They began organizing clothing donations for European refugees. In 1941, with the entry of the United States into the war, the organization was renamed The American Theatre Wing of the Allied War Relief and shifted its focus to the American war effort. Under the leadership of Perry and Crothers, the Wing opened the Stage Door Canteen to entertain American servicemen in New York; the first canteen was in the basement of the 44th Street Theatre, similar entertainment and dining venues were established in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Cleveland and San Francisco, as well as abroad in London and Paris. In the US canteens, servicewomen were denied entry, although this was not the case in the European locations.
Lauren Bacall worked as a hostess in the New York Stage Door Canteen, recalled seeing Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine washing dishes and serving coffee there. The Andrews Sisters were frequent performers; the Stage Door Canteen made its way into national popular culture with a 1942 weekly radio show and a 1943 movie called Stage Door Canteen. After World War II, the Wing founded The Community Players to assist war veterans and their families on their return home. Co-chaired of the Community Players was Katharine Cornell, active on the Stage Door Canteen. With the close of the war, the Wing concentrated on holding seminars about American theater, on funding numerous scholarship grants, it sponsored the First American Congress of Theatre in 1947, but it is best known in contemporary times for having created, in the same year, The American Theatre Wing's Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, or Tony Awards for short, which it still sponsors and which awards were themselves named for Perry, its co-founder and wartime chair, who had died in 1946.
The initial presentation of the Wing's Tony Awards program on radio and television was broadcast only locally in New York City. In 1967, it partnered with the League of American Theatres and Producers, now called The Broadway League, to present them on nationwide network television. From 1965 to 1998, Isabelle Stevenson was the President of the ATW. After retiring, she served as chairwoman of the board of directors until her death in 2003. A special non-competitive Tony Award, for humanitarian or charitable work, is named in her honor, is called The Isabelle Stevenson Award, it is Tony's equivalent to the Motion Picture Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Sondra Gilman succeeded Stevenson as chair and Doug Leeds served as president from 2004–2008; when they completed their four-year terms, Theodore S. Chapin assumed both roles from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long became chair of the board until 2016 when current board chair Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Henry Hwang assumed his duties.
Angela Lansbury serves as honorary chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is President and CEO of the American Theatre Wing. Besides the Tonys, ATW operates an array of programs to support its goals, including: The long-running "Working In The Theatre" series of televised seminars with top practitioners in the field. SpringboardNYC, a college to career bootcamp for actors The Theatre Intern Network.
Anna M. Chlumsky is an American actress, she began her career as a child actress, best known playing the lead role of Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl and its 1994 sequel. Between 1999 and 2005, Chlumsky's career entered a hiatus, she returned to acting with roles including Blood Car and In the Loop. Since 2012, Chlumsky has portrayed Amy Brookheimer on the HBO television series Veep, for which she has received five consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chlumsky was born in Chicago, the daughter of Nancy, a singer and former flight attendant, Frank Chlumsky Jr. a chef and saxophone player. She was raised in a Roman Catholic family. Chlumsky is of Croatian descent. Chlumsky entered show business at an early age, modeling with her mother in an advertising campaign, though her roles in My Girl and My Girl 2 brought her fame, she starred in Trading Mom alongside Sissy Spacek, as well as in Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain with Christina Ricci.
In the mid to late 1990s, she starred in several television films and series. Chlumsky attended the University of Chicago. After graduation she worked as a fact-checker for the Zagat Survey and served as an editorial assistant for a HarperCollins science fiction-fantasy imprint, she decided to return to acting. She went to the Atlantic Acting School in Manhattan to receive formal training. Chlumsky appeared as Mary Calvin in a season 17 episode of Law & Order, first airing on January 12, 2007. In March 2007, she appeared in the 30 Rock episode "The Fighting Irish" as Liz Lemler, a romantic rival of protagonist Liz Lemon, who receives flowers meant for Lemler. Chlumsky was in four episodes of the ABC dramedy Cupid in 2009; that year, she starred in the Lifetime Television movie 12 Men of Christmas as Jan Lucas. She starred in the Off Broadway production of Unconditional by Brett C. Leonard at The Public Theater, which opened on February 2008. In 2009 she appeared in Armando Iannucci's BBC Films political satire In The Loop, co-starring with Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Chris Addison, James Gandolfini, Mimi Kennedy, a quasi-spinoff of Iannucci's BBC TV series The Thick of It.
She plays a State Department assistant in the movie. From 2012, Chlumsky has played Amy Brookheimer, aide to Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character in HBO's Veep produced by Iannucci. In June 2012, she starred in the world premiere of David Adjmi's 3C at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. Dan Aykroyd, who played her father in the two My Girl films, has said that a script for a third film has been in development since 2003. In April 2012, Chlumsky "put to rest" any rumors. In addition to her role on Veep, Chlumsky has appeared in multiple television series between 2011 and 2013, including White Collar, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC's adaptation of Hannibal. Chlumsky has appeared on Broadway in You Can't Take It with You, beginning in April 2015 as editor Iris Peabody in the comedy Living on Love, with Renee Fleming, Jerry O'Connell and Douglas Sills. In 2017, Chlumsky appeared in the fourth season of AMC Networks' Halt and Catch Fire as Dr. Katie Herman, the love interest of Gordon Clark.
In October 2007, Chlumsky announced her engagement to Chinese-American Army Reserve member Shaun So. So was deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006, they married on March 8, 2008, in Brooklyn, New York, have two daughters, born July 2013and August 2016. In 2017 during an interview in RuPaul: What's The Tee? podcast, she stated that she has lived in Brazil and speaks fluent Brazilian Portuguese. Anna Chlumsky on IMDb Anna Chlumsky at the Internet Broadway Database Anna Chlumsky at the Internet Off-Broadway Database