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On October 18, 2016 in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island four esteemed individuals were honored by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. for the contributions they have made to this “Nation of Immigrants.” The 13th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards were hosted by analyst and reporter Mary Carillo in an 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.
Photos: Diane Bondareff/Invision for The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation/AP Images
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F. Murray Abraham earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1984 for his portrayal of Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus," an Emmy nomination for his role in the TV series "Homeland;" two OBIE’s, one for his lead in "Uncle Vanya," and another for Sustained Excellence in Theater; the John Gielgud Award in Excellence in Shakespeare; the Stanislavsky Award – Moscow Art Theater’s highest acting award; and was inducted into the NY Theater Hall of Fame. Abraham has lectured at Harvard and Columbia, taught theater at Brooklyn College, and authored "Actors on Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream." With gratitude for the refuge and opportunities afforded to his family by this country, Abraham now is giving voice to those who have none by becoming the spokesperson for the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, the nation’s leading interfaith response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Abraham and Kate Hannan, his wife of more than 50 years, have two children and one grandchild. Abraham’s grandmother, Caterina Cosmana Stello, passed through Ellis Island from Italy in 1910. Abraham's father and his family came to the U.S. from Syria.
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