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Barbara and Bunky Hearst with
Ellen Adler

Dick and Donna Soloway

Tom Oppenheim, Brenda Siemer
and Roy Scheider

Kitty Carlisle Hart

Bob and Gladys Nederlander

Ted and Randy Levine Miller

Hearst Estate In Bridgehampton
Setting for Studio Celebration

Story by Edward T. Callaghan
Photos by Rob Rich

OY SCHEIDER and his wife Brenda Siemer co-hosted a special cocktail party celebrating the committees and sponsors of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Gala, Stella by Starlight, at the magnificent Bridgehampton hilltop estate of Barbara and John (Bunky) Hearst.

Ellen Adler and Tom Oppenheim, daughter and grandson of the legendary Stella Adler, announced the 2004 Stella Adler Studio of Acting Awards. These will be presented at the Stella by Starlight Gala, November 8.

Mike Nichols will present Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner the Jacob Adler Award for courageous contributions to Jewish and American culture.

Arthur Miller will receive the Group Theater Award for prolific achievement in theater, film and television and commitment to social justice, presented by Julie Harris.

The Stella Adler Award for consummate interpretation of the Stanislavski / Adler Technique will be presented posthumously to Marlon Brando.  Al Pacino, who co-starred with him in The Godfather, will accept on his behalf.

In speaking of her dear friend Brando, Ellen Adler noted "we were sweethearts" and they spoke every day.

Ellen's son Tom Oppenheim, president and artistic director of the studio that bares his grandmother's name, said Brando "was a member of the Adler family since he was 19 years old" and noted "he was a paternal presence in my life and helped me in many important ways".

Among those at the Hearsts were Kitty Carlisle Hart, Christophe de Menil, Ina and Robert Caro, Donna and Dick Soloway, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, Isobel and William Konecky, Gail Furman, Pia Lindstrom, Steven and Alida Scheuer, Louise Westergaard, Muriel Siebert, Ronald Rand, Randie Levine and Ted Miller, David Geiser, Mercedes Ruehl, Denise Kassell, Ben Barenholtz, Joan and John Jonas Gruen, Lauren Day, Liz Derringer, Robert and Gladys Nederlander, Jamie De Roy and Steve Ernst, Marjorie Loggia and Milton Justice.

Also seen strolling around the Hearst’s expansive veranda with its sweeping views were: Jane Hitchcok with Ken Koppel, Louise Peabody and Edgar Lansbury, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Henry Miller with Dawn Baker Miller, Iris and Michael Smith, Colleen and Gary Rein, Barbara Ligeti, Nancy Pearson, Andrew Catapano, Sylvia Miles, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Joe and Elisa Stein, Cyndy Guyer, Don Greenholz, Mary and Sidney Lumet.

The Stella by Starlight fall gala will take place November 8 at the Pierre Hotel to benefit the studio’s scholarship and outreach programs.

Co-chairmen are Mike Medavoy, Roy Scheider, Benicio del Toro, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Sidney Lumet and Elaine Stritch.  More information at

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