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Steppenwolf honors 'The Good Wife' star

Steppenwolf honors 'The Good Wife' star
Julianna Margulies chats in the VIP room at Steppenwolf's Women in the Arts benefit at the JW Marriott Hotel, Monday, March 12, 2012, in Chicago. (Photo for the Tribune by Alex Garcia)

Steppenwolf's third annual "Women in the Arts" luncheon March 12 highlighted the career of actress Julianna Margulies. Co-chaired by Carole L. Brown, Elizabeth Connelly, Nene Foxhall, Jan Melk and Donna La Pietra, the sold-out event at the JW Marriott attracted nearly 300 women from Chicago's business and civic communities.

Steppenwolf co-founder

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Terry Kinney

introduced Margulies, whom he had also introduced to the theater in the early '90s. Steppenwolf's artistic director, Martha Lavey, interviewed Margulies who is currently starring in the hit

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drama "The Good Wife." Margulies has never appeared on the Steppenwolf stage, but when an audience member asked her if she would consider it, she commented, "Just ask me. I would love to have an excuse to spend some time in Chicago!"

Notables in the crowd included Bonnie Spurlock, Virginia Bobins, Nora Daley Conroy, Mary Dempsey, Jacky Ferro, MK Pritzker, Linda

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Rice and Christie Hefner."Women in the Arts" raised $150,000 to benefit Steppenwolf's Professional Leadership Program, which provides hands-on training and mentorship for young professionals seeking experience in theater administration, production and technology and includes apprenticeships and internships. Apprentice Lauren Sivak said, "I was challenged and rewarded in ways I could never have imagined and received a 360 degree look into the entire organization."

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Company produces up to 16 productions each year in its three Chicago theater spaces, including programming dedicated to the development of new plays and theater for young adults.

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