One of America's most influential acting teachers, and one of few Americans to have studied the "Method" with its originator, Constantin Stanislavsky; Adler's former students include Marlon Brando, Ro...
A 25-year-old rising actor from Heath Ledger's home state in Australia has been awarded a scholarship set up in the late actor's memory. Cody Fern was named the winner of the 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship Award in a special dinner in Los Angeles hosted by performer Tim Minchin on Thursday night (12Jun14).
The actor will receive a $20,000 (£12,500) prize and two years of classes at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in L.A.
Fern hails from Southern Cross, Western Australia, the same state as Ledger's native Perth.
He beat out competition from Home and Away star Axle Whitehead and Charlotte Best.
Fern tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I've always had plans to come to Los Angeles; now it's a reality and will happen a lot sooner. There's some exciting projects going on, it's looking bright and the award makes it all possible."
The fund was set up by the Australians in Film organisation in Los Angeles in memory of the late Brokeback Mountain actor following his death from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in 2008.
From Chicago to Les Misérables, Hollywood is no stranger to film adaptations of Broadway shows. It's always a good sign, however, when a movie musical has the support of the folks involved with its original stage production. Such is the case with Rob Marshall's upcoming Into the Woods film.
At Monday night's Eight Annual Stella By Starlight Gala, original Into the Woods cast member Bernadette Peters shared her excitement about the movie with Hollywood.com. "I think so far from what I've heard about the casting, I think it's really, really being cast well, with people that can really sing."
The two-time Tony winner was one of many attendees at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's benefit gala honoring Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, as well as Star Trek's George Takei and Into the Woods songwriter Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim is rumored to be composing a new song for the film adaptation, whose cast so far includes Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep (who will be playing Peters' role as the Witch), Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and possibly Christine Baranski.
Into the Woods is still very much in the pre-production stage, but we're counting down the days until we get to see Meryl Streep belt out "Last Midnight."
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She died in New York on 14 September (12) after a battle with bladder cancer.
After studying drama under legendary actress and teacher Stella Adler, Carter made her Broadway debut in 1945 in the stage adaptation of Lillian Smith's interracial love story Strange Fruit.
She joined the American Negro Theater and appeared in another Broadway production, Walk Hard, in 1946.
She went on to become a teacher and became the first black professor at New York's Bank Street College of Education.
Carter wrote a series of children's books in her 80s.
Dolores Fuller, who was portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker in Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's 1994 Wood biopic, was the cross-dressing director's one-time girlfriend and star of his most famous 1950s films Glen or Glenda and Jail Bait.
The Indiana-born actress, who was a former model, met Wood at a casting call while she was working as a stand-in for Dinah Shore on the entertainer's TV show in 1952. He cast her as his leading lady in 1953's Glen or Glenda and the couple became lovers.
They split in 1955 after Wood cast another actress as the lead in his Bride of Frankenstein film - and she moved to New York to study under acting guru Stella Adler.
She also impressed as a songwriter, co-penning Elvis Presley's Rock-A-Hula Baby for his 1961 movie Blue Hawaii.
The success inspired her to write more hits for Presley films and standards like Someone to Tell it To and Losers Weepers.
Fuller also launched Johnny Rivers' recording career.
She chronicled her life in her 2009 autobiography, A Fuller Life: Hollywood, Ed Wood and Me.
The actor attended the Stella by Starlight Gala in New York to present the Oscar-nominated American Beauty star with an award, and he made an impromptu speech praising her onscreen talents and her taming of her husband, notorious womaniser Warren Beatty.
Douglas, who starred with Bening in 1995 movie The American President, told fellow guests, "I'm still trying to figure out how Annette got Warren Beatty to settle down and get married. Think about what a great actress Annette Bening is... She and I had this amazing on-camera chemistry."
And Bening returned the compliment, adding: "While I was making The American President, no acting was required because, like my character, I fell in love with Michael Douglas."
Bening was given the Stella Adler Award, while fellow honorees included Liza Minnelli, who received the Marlon Brando Award. The annual gala raises funds for charitable programs sponsored by New York's Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where legendary screen stars including Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel learned their trade.
The Brown Bunny filmmaker was just 16 years old when he was accepted to study acting under famed teacher Stella Adler, who had previously coached Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando.
But when he broke the news to his parents during a car journey, his dad Vincenzo launched into a furious rant about his son's movie aspirations, branding him "an idiot".
Gallo tells Britain's The Independent, "(He) slams on the brakes to the car. The car goes skidding into a snowbank. And he grabs my ear, and he pulls me by my ear from the back seat to the front seat, into the rear-view mirror and he pushes my face, five or six times, into the mirror. The rear-view mirror breaks off from the windshield.
"And he tells me, 'Look at your face, you retard. You look like Paul Newman? You look like Robert Redford? Those are actors. You look like an idiot. Get a job... When you get a job as a plumber or in a gas station, give us a call and we'll come and visit you.' And then he threw me in the back seat."
The Ghost star was presented with the Marlon Brando Award at the 2009 Stella by Starlight Gala on Monday (19Oct09).
Goldberg, who was handed the prize by American Gangster star Ruby Dee, admits she was flattered to receive the accolade but would rather have her late friend Brando back by her side instead.
She says, "It (the award) was great just because of my relationship with Marlon, so it was nice.
"We spoke often and we talked a lot, and I'd much rather have him than the award. He was a good man. I didn't get to work with him but I hung out with him."
Hollywood icon Brando died in 2004 at the age of 80. The gala raised money for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
"I came to L.A. and got a scholarship through (acting coach) Stella Adler. Part of the scholarship required that I help build a theatre on the corner of Vine and Hollywood. It's now a subway entrance." BENICIO DEL TORO on his humble beginnings.
Joined the Group Theater at its foundation by Harold Clurman, Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford
Stage debut in "Broken Hearts" at the Grand Theatre, NYC
Founded the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting (formerly the Stella Adler Theatre Studio) in NYC
Played Madame Arkadina in the Yale School of Drama's production of "The Three Sisters"
Gave her most famous stage performance in The Group Theater's production of Clifford Odets's "Awake and Sing"
Directorial debut, "Golden Boy" with the Group Theater in San Francisco
Named head of the undergraduate department of drama at NYU
Named head of the acting department under Erwin Piscator at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research
Appeared with father's Yiddish repertory theater company in plays by Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Jacob Gordon as well as other classical and modern plays performed in Yiddish including "The Merchant of Venice" and "Lower Depths"
First English-language Broadway play, Karel Capek's "The World We Live In"
Film debut, "Love on Toast"
London stage debut, "Elisha Ben Avi"
Appeared in over one hundred parts with the Living Place Theatre, the Yiddish Art Theatre opposite Maurice Schwartz and Samuel Golendenberg
Played one season of vaudeville on the Orpheum Circuit in the early 1920s
Appointed adjunct professor of acting, Yale University
Returned to stage after 15-year absence in "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad" in London
One of America's most influential acting teachers, and one of few Americans to have studied the "Method" with its originator, Constantin Stanislavsky; Adler's former students include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty and Harvey Keitel.
Adler began her career with the theater company of her father, the legendary Yiddish actor Jacob Adler, before appearing on Broadway and later joining the Group Theater at its inception in 1931. Her most famous performance was in the Group Theater's production of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing" in the 1930s. By the mid-40s, after a schism with Lee Strasberg over his interpretation of the Stanislavsky method, she turned to teaching, first at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York and, in 1949, full-time at her own school.
born in 1855; died in 1962; legendary Yiddish actor
father, Horace Eleaschreff
born on September 26, 1896; died in September 1978
born on May 4, 1903; died in December 1984; formerly married to Sylvia Sydney
married on September 27, 1942; divorced
died February 26, 1973
New York University
American Laboratory Theater
"From the start, however, Adler was dubious about Strasberg's "Method". He placed particular emphasis on 'affective memory', that is ... insisting that the actor draw on his own psyche for emotions analogous to those of the character he was playing. As Adler would put it later (and often), she felt this led to 'hysteria' on the part of the actor. Moreover, she believed that the plunge into subjectivity could not serve, and might very often subvert, the playwright's text and intentions. Finally, it seemed to her, as it did to others (notably Bobby Lewis another Group member, and an actor-director who would also become an influential teacher), that the Method was the enemy of styles other than the realistic--not much use in Restoration comedy, for instance, or in Brecht. Or for that matter in Shakespeare." --Richard Schickel in "Brando: A Life in Our Times" (1991).
"Brando was irresistible to her, just as she was irresistible to Brando. It may be too much to suggest that their encounter was fated, but the timing certainly could not have been improved upon. For they met at the moment when their mutual needs were impeccably matched. If Brando was at the time a character in search of a defining author, Adler was an author in search of subjects, that is to say, actors who could embody her theories of performance in major roles. Since these theories had been gestating for close to a decade, there was by this time a certain urgency in her search for instruments by which she could assert herself against her enemies within the theatrical community and, perhaps, impose her beliefs on its future history." --Richard Schickel in "Brando: A Life in Our Times" (1991).
During and after WWII, Adler raised funds for the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe and the American League for a Free Palestine; she also assisted these causes by purchasing guns and forging passports and visas for people who wanted to immigrate to Palestine.
She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame (1992)