May 27, 1985 |
Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein has been honored by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters with its 1985 gold medal for distinguished achievement in music. Writer Robert Penn Warren received the gold medal for distinguished achievement in poetry. Novelists Norman Mailer and Erskine Caldwell were elected to the academy and biographer Justin Kaplan, novelist Elizabeth Spencer and composers George Rochberg and Charles Wuorinen became members of the institute. Sen.
August 1, 1996
Richard Kneeland, 68, a stage actor who for the last seven years had become a fixture in Southern California theater. Kneeland, who appeared frequently at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre and with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, won critical praise for such varied roles as Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" and the slave Lucky in "Waiting for Godot." He earned a Drama-Log Critics Award as best supporting actor for his performance as Serabryakov in "Uncle Vanya."
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August 19, 2006 |
Walter Sullivan, 82, an authority on Southern literature who taught 51 years at Vanderbilt University, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Nashville, university officials announced. Sullivan studied the Fugitive and Agrarian literary movements, which used crafted writing to uphold the traditional values of the agrarian South. He became friends with some of the most prominent figures of the movements, including Robert Penn Warren and Peter Taylor.
October 22, 2005 |
Sony's Columbia Pictures has shelved a planned December release of its highly anticipated remake of "All the King's Men," removing one of the studio's potential Oscar contenders. The release will likely be delayed about a year, said Michael Medavoy, chairman of Phoenix Films, which is producing the remake of the movie based on Robert Penn Warren's 1946 classic roman a clef about Louisiana politician Huey Long.
December 1, 1989 |
Helen Frankenthaler, considered by many to be the nation's preeminent woman artist, has been elected to the 50-member American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters along with four writers to fill the chairs of five "immortals" who have died in the past year, it was announced Thursday. Author William Styron, secretary of the honor society that is chartered by Congress, said Frankenthaler will occupy the chair formerly held by sculptor Isamu Noguchi.
September 5, 1992
Michele Willens' overview of notable political motion pictures and television shows, both past and upcoming, was most interesting and timely ("Jumping on the Bandwagon," Aug. 27). However, there are a number of seminal films she has failed to mention: "All the King's Men" (1949): Robert Rossen's brilliant adaptation and direction of Robert Penn Warren's novel received the 1949 Academy Award for best picture and Oscars for Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge. "The Great McGinty" (1940)
April 17, 1987 |
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Wilbur will be the nation's second poet laureate, succeeding Robert Penn Warren, the Library of Congress announced today. Wilbur, professor emeritus at Smith College in Massachusetts, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1956 for his third book of poetry, "Things of This World." In 1971, he was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.
June 19, 1987 |
President Reagan, declaring that the arts are "reflections of freedom's light," presented seven artists and four arts patrons with the National Medal of Art on Thursday at a White House luncheon. "Our honorees are truly leaders in writing the history of American freedom," Reagan said. "The arts and humanities teach us who we are and who we can be. They are a foundation to reach out to other cultures." Singer Ella Fitzgerald, philanthropist Dr.
June 18, 1987
Dr. Armand Hammer, 89, chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp., suffered a broken rib when he slipped while getting out of a bathtub in his Los Angeles home, an Occidental executive said Wednesday. As a result, Hammer was forced to cancel a trip to Washington to receive a National Medal for the Arts from President and Mrs. Reagan. "He said he was going to come anyway," said Bill McSweeny, president of Occidental International in Washington, a unit of the Los Angeles-based firm.