Other 2004 honorees will include film actor Johnny Depp; Thomas C. Short, International President of IATSE; and J. Nicholas Counter III, President of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The gala evening — featuring dinner, dancing and entertainment to be announced at a later date — will be held in Manhattan at the Waldorf-Astoria. Perhaps best known her for work as TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher on "Murder, She Wrote," Angela Lansbury is one of the most celebrated stars of the Broadway stage. She received Tony Awards for her performances in Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame, and she also appeared on The Great White Way in Hotel Paradiso, A Taste of Honey, Anyone Can Whistle, The King and I and A Little Family Business. Her numerous film credits include "Gaslight," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Manchurian Candidate," all of which brought the actress Academy Award nominations.
The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts.
Tickets for the October gala are priced $500 and $2,500 with tables for ten beginning at $15,000. For more information call the Actors' Fund at (212) 221-7300.