A CELEBRATION OF RIP TORN TO BE HELD IN LOS ANGELES
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
A CELEBRATION OF
TO BE HELD IN LOS ANGELES ON
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020, AT 2:00 P.M.
PARAMOUNT STUDIOS THEATRE
Los Angeles, CA (January 3, 2020) – Family, friends, colleagues, and stars will gather on Saturday, January 18, at 2:00 P.M. at Paramount Studios Theatre to celebrate the career of Emmy Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee Rip Torn. The celebration ceremony will be hosted by Rip’s daughter, Angelica Page and produced by Carla Pennington. Those sharing their memories will include Sissy Spacek, Sally Kirkland, Estelle Parsons, Jeffrey Tambor, Sandra Bernhard and Michael Riedel.
Paramount Studios Theatre is located at 5555 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA, 90038. To contact the organizers, email: email@example.com
A friends and family memorial in NYC will be hosted by Rip’s widow, Amy Wright, and the Torn Family on Sunday, February 2, at 2 P.M. at Greenwich House. A limited number of seats are available to the general public and can be reserved at https://riptorn-nyc-birthday-memorial.eventbrite.com/ For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In March, Festival Internacional de Cine Álamos Mágico (FICAM) will host a Rip Torn Tribute in historic Alamos, Mexico, where Rip and Geraldine Page shared a second home for 20 years. To contact the organizers, email: email@example.com. For more info visit: https://www.festivaldecinealamos.org
ABOUT RIP TORN
Rip Torn, was one of the leading stage actors of his generation and an Emmy Award winner for his portrayal of the deliciously devious producer Artie on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”
His remarkable career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life.
He once said, “Play drama as comedy and comedy as drama.” He claimed this to be his secret weapon.
Torn appeared on Broadway ten times, with his debut in Elia Kazan’s staging of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth on March 10, 1959, alongside Paul Newman and Geraldine Page whom he would later marry. He earned a 1960 Tony Award® nomination and won a Theater World award for his role as “Tom Junior,” a role he recreated in the 1962 film.
Throughout Torn’s career, critics praised his work on stage. Clive Barnes said of his last appearance on Broadway, in Horton Foote’s Young Man From Atlanta: “beautiful in its brusque detail.” And the Academy Award-winning winning actress Estelle Parsons remembered Arthur Penn saying, “Rip starts where every other actor finished up.”
In addition to his work on stage he had a celebrated career in film: The Cincinnati Kid (1965) Payday (1973), and Cross Creek (Oscar nomination 1983); but his career had fits and starts until he displayed his talent for comedy as the defense attorney Bob Diamond in Albert Brooks’ film Defending Your Life (1991). Garry Shandling saw him in that movie and cast Torn in the role he became most widely associated with: talk show producer Artie on “The Larry Sanders Show” (1992). Torn earned six consecutive Emmy Award nominations for the role, winning for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1996.
That show and that role led to a late life resurgence, with almost 200 film and TV credits to his name at the time of his death.
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