“A $28 million tribute is the real thing,” Gregory Long said last night of the figure raised in celebration of his 25th anniversary as president of the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, a museum of plants and a center of education and scientific research. “It’s thrilling such generous people have come together to make these gifts.”
Pauletta Washington, a television and film actress and wife of actor Denzel, recalls the time last year she encountered a beautiful young homeless woman outside the door of her Los Angeles gym. She subsequently gave her $200 and a backpack containing drinking water, toothpaste and underwear.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out Oscars this weekend, the smart money is on Daniel Day-Lewis to take home the best-actor award for the title role in “Lincoln.” It would be his third Oscar.
“ Memphis ,” a crowd-pleasing show costing roughly $12 million about a white disc jockey in the 1950s and a black female R&B singer he champions, won the Tony Award for top Broadway musical last night in New York.
Troy Maxson deserves a place alongside Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman as a towering figure in American drama, and Denzel Washington is showing us why with a commanding performance in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s 1987 “Fences.”