Beau Bridges receiving lifetime achievement award from Theatre West

Actor Beau Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award this week at Theatre West's 50th anniversary gala.
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Beau Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award from Theatre West at its 50th anniversary gala celebration this week in Hollywood.

Bridges will receive the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. The actor is expected to receive tributes from his “Norma Rae” costar Sally Field and from TV producer Norman Lear.

The award is named after the late actress who helped to found the theater company.

Bridges appeared in a number of Theatre West productions, including 2010’s “Acting -- The First Six Lessons,” in which he costarred alongside his daughter, Emily.


His other stage work includes the recent Broadway revival “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” in which he replaced John Larroquette, and a 2009 Hollywood Bowl production of the musical “Guys and Dolls.” His screen credits include “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and last year’s “The Descendants.”

Theatre West was founded in 1962 and bills itself as “the oldest continually running theatre company in Los Angeles.”


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