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The Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards - 2015

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. honored three esteemed individuals at its “Gala in the Great Hall” held May 19, 2015 at Ellis Island. More than 400 guests attended the event which was hosted by Meredith Vieira. Norm Lewis provided the evening’s entertainment. At the gala, Foundation President and CEO Stephen Briganti announced that with the full immigration story now being told at the museum, it has been renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The evening began with a citizenship swearing-in ceremony where ten people became citizens of the United States. 

Photos: Amy Sussman/Invision for The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation/AP Images

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Patti LuPone

Ellis Island Family Heritage Award

A two-time Tony Award winner for her performance in the original Broadway production of “Evita” and the 2008 production of “Gypsy,” Patti LuPone recently returned to the New York stage in Douglas Carter Beane’s new play “Show for Days.” A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, Ms. LuPone’s other notable Broadway credits include John Doyle’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” “Noises Off,” David Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood,” as Maria Callas in “Master Class,” Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” and “The Robber Bridegroom.” Her Italian grandparents came through Ellis Island. Photo credit: Ethan Hill

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