Stella by Starlight Gala Honors Liza Minnelli and Annette Bening May 2

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The Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Sixth Annual Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala will be held May 2 at the home of songwriter and philanthropist Denise Rich.

Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli Photo by Rick Day

Honorees include Liza Minnelli, Annette Bening, Muriel "Mickey" Siebert and Donald Katz.

Minnelli will receive the Marlon Brando Award, Oscar nominee Bening will receive the Stella Adler Award, and CEO of Siebert Brandford Shank and Co. Muriel Siebert, and founder and CEO of Audible, Donald Katz, will accept the Stella Adler Corporate Award.

Guests are scheduled to include Bening, Minnelli, Siebert, Katz and Rich as well as Kate Mulgrew, Tom Oppenheim, Ellen Adler, Suzanne Shank, Debra Wasser, Elaine Stritch, Dan Lauria, Michael Douglas, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Judith Light, Tammy Blanchard and William Thompson, Jr.

Proceeds from the evening will be used to support the studio's charitable programs, including the Outreach Division Program, which provides free actor training to low-income, inner-city youth.

"The Center for Arts Education reports a correlation between students who live in poverty and lack of arts exposure. Outreach addresses this injustice by serving impoverished New York City teens and makes it possible for students to have access to high quality arts training that is essential to nurturing the next generation of informed, curious, capable citizens who have the resources to reach their fullest potential," artistic director Tom Oppenheim said in a statement. "We are thrilled that such an esteemed group of honorees will join us for Stella by Starlight, a special evening that will have a real affect for hundreds of young people who do not have access to the arts."

Past honorees have included Whoopi Goldberg, Liz Smith, Warren Beatty, Martin Sheen, Harold Bloom, Tony Kushner, Elaine Stritch, Sidney Lumet, Ruby Dee, the late Ozzie Davis and the late Roy Scheider.

To purchase tickets, starting at $1,000 for general admission, contact The Stella Adler Studio at (212) 689-0087.

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