The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has paid tribute to actor James Gandolfini, who passed away this week.

James Gandolfini at Stella by Starlight Gala
James Gandolfini at Stella by Starlight Gala
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“The Stella Adler Studio of Acting was incredibly sad to hear of the passing of our friend James Gandolfini. One of Gandolfini’s last public appearances was on June 10 when he came to our Stella by Starlight Gala that benefits the programs for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. James was there to celebrate the career of his close friend and our honoree, Elaine Stritch. Other honorees that evening included Stephen Sondheim, George Takei and Charles S. Cohen.”

James Gandolfini Supports Stella by Starlight Gala
James Gandolfini Supports Stella by Starlight Gala
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The Stella by Starlight Benefit Gala attracted stars such as Alec Baldwin and Liza Minnelli.

Funds raised from the evening will be used to support the studio’s programs such as the Stella Adler Outreach Division, a program that provides free actor training to low-income, inner-city youth. The Outreach Division has served and trained nearly 5,000 students since its inception in 2004.

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is an acting school based in New York City founded by actress and teacher Stella Adler in 1949. Adler founded the Studio on her belief in the seriousness of her art. Adler and the school have trained many of the brilliant actors of our time, including Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Elaine Stritch. The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is a nonprofit organization, which trains over 500 actors annually. Each year the Stella Adler Outreach Division provides free theater programs to hundreds of young people who live below the poverty line and has reached nearly 5,000 youth since 2004. The Studio also presents public lectures, poetry readings, concerts, theater performances, dance theater events and an annual arts festival.

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