Judith Light has been named the 2019 recipient of the Tony Awards' honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award.
The news follows the announcement of this year's trio of Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre recipients: Terrence McNally, Rosemary Harris, and Harold Wheeler.
Light, a Tony winner herself for performances in The Assembled Parties and Other Desert Cities, will be presented the humanitarian honor in recognition of her advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and in the fight against HIV/AIDS, from her early involvement in the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the '80s to partaking in the 100-mile African AIDS Trek in 2002 to her continued efforts with such groups as Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, GLAAD, and LGBT community centers around the country .
"The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting," Light said. "They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theater family, whom I so respect, honor, and love."
Recent recipients of the Tony honor include Nick Scandalios, Baayork Lee, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Stephen Schwartz.