Biographies: The Governor's Arts Awards Honorees

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

Christopher Plummer’s career spans seven decades and includes roles in each of the dramatic arts. He had studied to be a concert pianist, but developed a love for the theatre at an early age. He took up acting after seeing Laurence Olivier’s film Henry V (1944), and went on to headline for Britain's National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Plummer made his Broadway debut in January 1953 in The Starcross Story, and earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Cyrano (1974) and Best Actor in Play for Barrymore (1997). He also won seven (7) Tony nominations. Plummer has appeared in almost 100 television roles since the live TV days, and he has won two Emmys and six Emmy nominations.

Having starred and co-starred in well over 100 motion pictures, Christopher Plummer made his film debut in 1957; some notable film performances include The Sound of Music (1965), The Night of the Generals (1967), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Murder by Decree (1979), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), The Insider (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Must Love Dogs (2005), Syriana (2005), Inside Man (2006), Disney-Pixar’s Up (2009), The Last Station (2009), which earned him an Academy Award nomination, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and Beginners (2012), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Plummer will be co-starring in Imagine, an upcoming film directed and written by Dan Fogelman, starring Al Pacino and Annette Bening.

Christopher Plummer has also written for the stage, television and the concert-hall. Plummer, along with English conductor Sir Neville Marriner, rearranged Shakespeare's Henry V as a concert piece. Plummer performed it and other works with the New York Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of London, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in his own arrangements of Mendelssohn's to A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1968, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth II, he was made The Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood).

Plummer's memoir, In Spite of Myself, was published by Knopf Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., in November 2008.

Christopher Plummer and his wife, British actress and dancer Elaine Taylor, live in a 100-year-old farmhouse in Weston, Connecticut.

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TIM PRENTICE

Tim Prentice, kinetic sculptor, received a Masters Degree in architecture from Yale in 1960 and founded the award-winning architectural firm of Prentice & Chan in 1965.

Ten years later, he established a studio in Cornwall, Connecticut to design and fabricate kinetic sculpture. His sculptures are installed in public spaces throughout the US, and his corporate clients include American Express, Bank of America, Mobil, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Wells Fargo, and Samsung. In the last few years he has completed installations in Japan, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Cameroon.

Installations in Connecticut include: Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, 2009; Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, 1998; Beecher School, New Haven, 2007; Homer Babbidge Library University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2000; Bradley Airport, Windsor Locks, 1987-2012.

He has served on the boards of Hartford Art School (1995-1998), Saint-Gaudens Trust (1992-1995), and was a member of the MOMA Committee on Architecture and Design from 1968 to 1969. An Adjunct Professor of Design at Columbia University from 1975 to 1980, he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was President, New York Chapter, A.I.A. (1973-1974). From 1974 to 1978 he was President of the Municipal Art Society of New York.

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LUANNE RICE

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling American author of 31 novels. She often writes about nature and the sea, and many of her novels deal with love and family.

Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Rice's first published poem appeared in the Hartford Courant when she was eleven, and her first short story was published in American Girl when she was fifteen. Her debut novel, Angels All Over Town, was published in 1985.

In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree and invited her to donate her papers to the college's Special Collections Library. She has also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn.

Rice is an avid environmentalist and advocate for families affected by domestic violence.

Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for a Summer 2005 mini-series on Lifetime. Her work has also been featured at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, California, and in several off-Broadway theatre productions

Rice divides her time between New York City, Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Southern California.

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