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Judith Light Honored at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Judith Light Honored 2017 Awards
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 21: Honoree Judith Light arrives to The Eugene O’Neill Theater Centers to the Monte Cristo Awards honoring Judith Light on May 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Monte Cristo Awards)

It was a night full of Broadway and TV reunions for beloved stage and screen star Judith Light at the 2017 Monte Cristo Award ceremony last night, presented by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and held for the first time at 583 Park Avenue.

Light’s LOMBARDI co-star Dan Lauria and “Ugly Betty” co-star Michael Urie joined in on the celebrations, and Director Thomas Kail presented Light with her honor.

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An alum of the O’Neill, Judith first performed at the O’Neill’s 1977 National Playwrights Conference. The Monte Cristo Award is presented to a prominent theater artist each year in recognition of a distinguished career exemplifying Eugene O’Neill’s “pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, and excellence.”

Past recipients of the Award include Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, Kevin Spacey, Neil Simon, Jason Robards, Jr., Edward Albee, August Wilson, Zoe Caldwell, George C. Wolfe, Brian Dennehy, Karl Malden, Arthur & Barbara Gelb, and Wendy Wasserstein.

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Additional guests included Shakina Nayfack, Lena Hall, Tom Kitt, Margo Seibert, Tom Viertel, Susan Blackwell and more.

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