Theater, TV and movie veteran Angela Lansbury was named the first ever honorary chairman of the Board of the American Theater Wing at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday night, June 13. The five-time Tony winner revealed the new honor caps a career on Broadway that began with the Theater Wing 70 years ago.
She told the audience at Radio City Music Hall, "Would you believe 70 years ago, I arrived in New York with my mother and twin brothers, evacuated from war-torn London? Because we did not have the means for me to continue my training as an actress, the American Theater Wing of the British War Relief Effort arranged for me to have a scholarship to study at a dramatic school here in New York. The training I received eventually led to a wonderful career."
The Theater Wing helps struggling young actors and actresses get a start on Broadway.