The New York Landmarks Conservancy will bestow its distinguished "Living Landmarks" awards at a Nov. 2 celebration at The Plaza Hotel. Liz Smith will host the gala.
In addition to Lansbury, others who will achieve this status are businessman and philanthropist Lewis B. Cullman; theatre historian Louise Kerz Hirschfeld; renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer and television personality Regis Philbin. Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins will receive the Lew Rudin Living Landmark Award for Public Service.
Katie Couric will present to Philbin, and Rex Reed will present to Lansbury.
Over the course of its existence, the Conservancy has lauded the contributions of an array of individuals, including Charlie Rose, Lauren Bacall, Oscar de la Renta, Harry Belafonte, Tom & Meredith Brokaw, Pat & William F. Buckley Jr., Walter Cronkite, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Jennings, Edward I. Koch, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jerry Orbach & Sam Waterston, Joan Rivers, George Steinbrenner, Gloria Steinem, Tommy Tune Barbara Walters, Mario Cuomo and Harvey & Bob Weinstein, among others.
Most recently seen on Broadway in A Little Night Music, Lansbury won Tony Awards for Mame, Dear World, the 1975 revival of Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and the 2009 revival of Blithe Spirit. She has been Oscar-nominated three times, for "Gaslight," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Manchurian Candidate," and is also remembered for playing Jessica Fletcher on the popular detective series "Murder, She Wrote" and for voicing Mrs. Potts in the classic Disney film "Beauty and the Beast," among numerous other credits. *
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is "dedicated to celebrating, preserving and protecting the iconic buildings and unique neighborhoods that help define our vibrant and extraordinary City." Each year, The Landmarks Conservancy honors distinguished New Yorkers as “Living Landmarks” for their contributions to the City.