Thesp allergic to Actors' Fund nod
Upon receiving the Julie Harris Award from Elaine Stritch for lifetime achievement from the Actors’ Fund of America, the first thing Stockard Channing did was drop her trophy.Thesp, who admitted to having a bad case of “allergies,” was joined by Jodie Foster and Shirley MacLaine, who watched Sunday’s Tonycast at the fund’s annual dinner-viewing party at the Skirball Center. Before reading the kudos’ past recipients, which include Lauren Bacall and James Earl Jones, Stritch joked, “I didn’t want to read this list because I’m not on it.” Channing, who won a Tony for “Joe Egg” in 1985, dedicated the award to Broadway actress Diana Davila, whom she understudied in “Two Gentleman of Verona” in the early 1970s.
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