by Diane Malone
02 October 2009

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   The legendary actress Lauren Bacall was the honored host during a special lighting ceremony on Friday, October 2nd, at the landmark Empire State Building. Lauren Bacall flipped the switch on the Empire State Building lights to pay tribute to her alma mater, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and their 125th birthday. In recognition of the anniversary of the oldest acting school in the English-speaking world, Mayor Bloomberg issued a proclamation declaring October 2nd “The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts Day.” The iconic Empire State Building will glow with the AADA’s colors, blue and white, from October 2nd through October 4th, 2009. 

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   Founded in 1884, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, was the first acting school in America. Among the exceptional roster of alumni include; Lauren Bacall, Robert Redford, Grace Kelly, Cecil B. de Mille, Kirk Douglas, Jennifer Jones, Anne Bancroft, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Rosalind Russell, Spencer Tracy, Gene Tierney, Agnes Moorehead, Gena Rowlands, and Thelma Ritter. The alumni has been nominated for a total of 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys, and 83 Tonys. 
   The legendary Tony Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall is scheduled to receive an Honorary Academy Award, on November 14th, at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ inaugural Governors Awards event. The Honorary Academy Award is given to an individual for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” 
   The American Academy of Dramatic Arts has earned a reputation for dramaturgical excellence. For more information visit The American Academy of Dramatic Arts online.   

All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2009