Longtime “Inside the Actors Studio” host and collective noun collector, James Lipton, was honored at Sardi’s last week with his very own caricature. Sardi’s, the Time Square institution known for hanging caricatures of figures in the performing arts community, presented Lipton with his caricature at a ceremony packed with friends and family.
“I consider this an honor and an award,” Lipton told the crowd.
Lipton is a writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. He started filming “Inside the Actors Studio” in 1994, which today is viewed in 94 million American homes and in 125 countries on Bravo, according to Bravo’s website.
“When I first came to New York to studying acting — my dream of course was to be on Broadway, which I was at some point – I came to Sardi’s,” Lipton said. “Sardi’s is, in an interesting way, the theater. Nothing is as iconic as Sardi’s. There is a wonderfully restaurant in Vienna in an artistic district that is an equivalent, where artists, actors and directs go. But it is not like Sardi’s. Nothing is like Sardi’s. If it starts in the theater, than it dines at Sardi’s.”
Lipton is also known for his popular book on collective nouns “An Exaltation of Larks.” He is also a pilot with more than 1,000 hours of flight time logged as of 2013.
“The theater is where I started,” Lipton continued. “The theater is where I am. The theater is where I was dean for 10 years. So I accept this [caricature] as a person who has been devoted to the theater and remains devoted to the theater. Every person in this room has been vital to my life and my work and my gratitude toward you is inexpressible.”
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