Saoirse Ronan, who is receiving raves this year for her work in Lady Bird, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at The Palm Springs International Festival (PSIFF). The event will take place January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with Mary Hart serving as the host. The actress previously received the PSIFF International Star Award in 2016 for her work in Brooklyn, a role which led to an Oscar nomination.
“Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Following her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, Ronan is sure to receive her third Academy Award nomination. It is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Saoirse Ronan.”
We reached back in our Hollywood Outbreak audio archives and found our previous interview with the actress as she talked about her first onscreen kiss (in the Amy Heckerling directed feature I Could Never Be Your Woman):
For her work in Lady Bird, Ronan has already won Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
On this day in 1987, ORION PICTURES released RADIO DAYS. Written and directed by WOODY ALLEN, this film was a love letter to radio’s golden age as seen through the eyes of an ordinary Brooklyn family. One of ALLEN’S best and brightest.
On this day in 1962, WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES celebrated the New York City premiere of A MAJORITY OF ONE. Directed by MERVYN LeROY from the play LEONARD SPIGELGASS, this comedy of manners about the ‘friendship’ between a Brooklyn widow and a Japanese businessman was a well-intentioned tale of tolerance and kindness starring ROSALIND RUSSELL and ALEC GUINNESS. And while the film has a lot going for it, GUINNESS’ performance as the Asian is pretty distracting. A great supporting cast includes RAY DANTON, MADLYN RHUE, MAE QUESTAL and GARY VINSON.
On this day in 1937, UNITED ARTISTS released DEAD END. Directed by WILLIAM WYLER from the successful Broadway show by SIDNEY KINGSLEY, this gritty story of crime on the streets of New York introduced to audiences THE DEAD END KIDS. Also in the cast are SYLVIA SIDNEY, JOEL McCREA and HUMPHREY BOGART. One of the great classic gangster movies.
On this day in 1892, actress Mae West is born in Brooklyn. She began performing in vaudeville shows in early childhood and soon graduated to Broadway shows. She began writing her own material and in 1926 produced her own play, Sex, about a gigolo. West was arrested and spent 10 days in jail for obscenity. Undaunted, she continued writing plays and battling censors and finally scored a Broadway success with her 1928 play, Diamond Lil. West went on to become a Hollywood star and one of the most highly paid women in the United States. The actress died of a stroke on Nov. 22, 1980.