You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Entertainment

  • Book shines spotlight on animal screen stars
    LOS ANGELES – For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.
  • Cosbys will unveil cache of black art
    After amassing a private collection of African-American art over four decades, Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, plan to showcase their holdings for the first time in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Police detain ‘Django Unchained’ actress in LA
      LOS ANGELES – A black actress who appeared in “Django Unchained” and her white companion suspect police assumed she was a prostitute when the two were only showing affection.
Advertisement
People in the news

Playwright Smith wins Gish Prize

Anna Deavere Smith has won one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts.

The committee that awards the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize announced Friday that the actress and playwright is this year’s winner.

“Anna opens our eyes, ears and minds to some of the most challenging aspects of our lives, and in so doing helps give others the courage to do the same,” said Darren Walker, of the Ford Foundation, who was on the selection committee. The prize, from silent film stars Dorothy and Lillian Gish, comes with $300,000.

Smith creates one-woman documentary-style works such as “Fires in the Mirror” about a 1991 riot in New York and “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” about the 1992 Rodney King case. She recently tackled health care in “Let Me Down Easy.”

The Gish Prize, now in its 19th year, recognizes leading artists in such fields as drama, music and dance, as well as literature.

– Associated Press

Advertisement