Toast to a Smart Alec

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Alec Baldwin is known for so many things—philanthropy, movies, glamorous appearances with his wife, Hilaria— that it’s sometimes hard to remember that he got his start on television. For more than thirty-five years, Baldwin has dominated the small screen, from early roles on The Doctors and Knots Landing, to Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, to his many turns on Saturday Night Live. On the afternoon of November 2, the Paley Center for Media will honor that illustrious career with a special event, A Paley Honors Luncheon Celebrating Alec Baldwin. Moderated by the Tonight Show‘s Steve Higgins, the day will feature a discussion with the actor about his long career.

“It means so much to be honored by the Paley Center,” Baldwin said in a statement. “Television and radio have been such an important part of my career, and I’m so proud to support the organization in its mission to educate audiences on the cultural, creative, and social significance of these media.”

Proceeds from the event will help fund the Paley Center’s educational initiatives. The luncheon host committee includes Jennifer Cacioppo, Alina Cho, Amy Fine Collins, Jamie Creel, Pierre Crosby, Nina Garcia, Mark F. Gilbertson, Jared Goss, Elizabeth Graziolo, Lisa Jackson, Kamie Lightburn, Ashley McDermott, Sean Moran, Deborah Norville, Jeff Pfeifle & David Granville, Kathy Prounis, Tara Rockefeller, Chuck Scarborough, Jeff Sharp, Mary Snow, Tracy & Jay Synder, Anne Van Rensselaer, Vicky Ward, Carolina Zapf and Caryn Zucker.


The program will begin at noon on November 2 at the Paley Center’s New York location at 25 West 52nd street.


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