The 21st Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, which was held June 11 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, raised $225,000 for the Actors Fund.
Tony winner Betty Buckley, recently seen in the M. Night Shyamalan film Split, was honored with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement at the annual celebration, which was hosted by Bryan Batt. Buckley and Batt previously shared the stage in the West Coast debut of Grey Gardens as well as the original Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard.
The event featured red carpet arrivals, a cocktail hour, gala dinner, live performances, a silent auction, and the West Coast’s exclusive live feed of the 2017 Tony Awards broadcast from New York City.
Previous recipients of the Julie Harris Award include Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Barbara Cook, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Jerry Herman, Rita Moreno, Lauren Bacall, Jason Alexander, Florence Henderson, and James Earl Jones.
Buckley offered singular performances in Broadway's Sunset Boulevard, Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776, Triumph of Love, and Promises, Promises. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella in the Broadway production of Cats, and she starred on the London stage in Promises, Promises, Dear World, and Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olivier Award nomination for her work in the latter. Read more about Betty Buckley's career at the Playbill Vault.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone—performers and those behind the scenes—who works in performing arts and entertainment. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio, and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care, insurance counseling, housing, and employment and training services.
Check out photos from Buckley's award-winning career below:
From 1776 to Sunset: Celebrating the Greatest Stage Moments of Betty Buckley
(Updated June 19, 2017)