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Actor James Naughton To Address Y's Women's Group In Westport

The Y's Women's guest speaker for its first meeting of the year on Monday, January 9 will be film, TV and stage actor James Naughton.
The Y's Women's guest speaker for its first meeting of the year on Monday, January 9 will be film, TV and stage actor James Naughton. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Television and stage actor James Naughton will be the guest speaker Monday, Jan. 9 at the meeting of the Y's Women at Temple Israel.

A favorite player on film and TV, Naughton is best-known for his work on the musical stage which have garnered two Tony awards. The first was for his performance in 1990 as the cynical detective in “City of Angels,” and the other as the slick shyster lawyer in the revival of “Chicago” in 1997.

A graduate of Yale School of Drama, Naughton debuted on Broadway in the 70’s, winning a Theatre World Award in 1971 for his sharp portrayal as Edmund in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”

He has also directed stage plays, including Arthur Miller’s “The Price” and “Our Town” with Paul Newman and Jane Curtin. His film work includes “The Paper Chase” (1973), “The Glass Menagerie” (1987), “The Good Mother” (1988) and “The First Wives Club” (1996).

On television, he has starred in a number of series, among which were “Farraday & Company,” “Making the Grade,” and “Trauma Center.”

He has also appeared in numerous TV commercials and has been the official voice of Audi in their national TV and radio spots since 2007 and is a frequent narrator on PBS’s nature programs.

Recently, Naughton has taken to the cabaret circuit in his one-man show, "Street of Dreams," comprised of songs, from country and western, to contemporary pop, to classic standards.

The Y’s Women, founded in 1992, serves active and involved working and retired women in Fairfield County.

Click here for membership information.

The meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m., with coffee and conversation, followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. at the temple on Coleytown Road in Westport.

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