Susan Sarandon and Lauren Bacall to Receive Awards at Bette Davis Centenary Tribute at Boston University

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 |

(Boston) – The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center and The Bette Davis Foundation are hosting a Bette Davis Centenary Tribute on Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Boston University. At 5 PM, the Center will open a new major exhibition, A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Bette Davis at a champagne reception. At 6:30 PM, The Bette Davis Foundation will present the Bette Davis Medal of Honor to screen legend Lauren Bacall and the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award to Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon. Film critic Rex Reed will make tribute remarks about all three actresses following a presentation of film clips. A cocktail reception will follow the award ceremony. Tickets are $50 per person.

The United States Postal service is also honoring Bette Davis’ 100th birthday with the issuance of a Legends of Hollywood commemorative stamp. This official ceremony will take place at 1:00 PM in Metcalf Ballroom and the new stamps and other related items will be sold in the Stone Lobby from 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM. The 1:00 PM stamp issuance is open to the public and admittance is free.

Photographers and press are welcome to attend all events for free.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time and Location: 5:00 PM Exhibition Opening; Frost Room, 1st Floor, Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue; 6:30 PM Foundation Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party, Metcalf Hall, 2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue
Admission: Open to the public and BU community, $50 per person
Contact: For tickets/more information, call 617-353-1218 or email

From her initial film appearance opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not, Lauren Bacall became established as an original and iconic screen presence. The couple’s on screen chemistry proved popular with audiences, and they subsequently appeared together in The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo. Ms. Bacall went on to star in film classics like Young Man with a Horn, How to Marry a Millionaire, and Designing Women. In 1970, she made her musical theater debut and won a Tony Award for Applause. Ms. Bacall received her second Tony for Woman of the Year in 1981. Among her other notable films and television appearances are Murder on the Orient Express, The Mirror Has Two Faces (best supporting actress Academy Award nomination), Dogville, and The Walker. Ms. Bacall is the author of three memoirs, Lauren Bacall By Myself (1978), Now (1994) and By Myself and Then Some (2005).

An accomplished actress as well as a noted political activist, Susan Sarandon made her feature film debut in Joe in 1969, and went on to co-star in several movies, notably The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which became a cult hit in midnight showings. She solidified her status as a leading lady with her Academy Award-nominated performance in Atlantic City and as the baseball-loving Annie Savoy in Bull Durham. Ms. Sarandon received additional Oscar nominations for her memorable roles in Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, and The Client. In 1996, she received the best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean, the noted advocate for the abolishment of capital punishment, in Dead Man Walking. Her more recent appearances include Elizabethtown, In the Valley of Elah, Enchanted, Speed Racer, and her Emmy-nominated portrayal of socialite Doris Duke in the HBO movie Bernard and Doris.

Rex Reed is a film and music critic and author whose weekly column is currently featured in the New York Observer. Mr. Reed has been a film critic for the New York Post, Vogue, GQ, Holiday, and Women’s Wear Daily and the arts critic for the New York Daily News. His articles and essays on the arts have appeared in almost every national magazine and newspaper in London and the United States. He is the author of several books including Conversations in the Raw, Big Screen, Little Screen, Travolta to Keaton and the novel, Personal Effects.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, visit