Years in Office 16
Hart is an actress and singer with a long record of achievement in the arts and public service. Born in New Orleans and educated in Europe, she studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Hart has appeared on Broadway, in opera and in films, including a starring role in the classic A Night at the Opera with the Marx Brothers and two films with Bing Crosby, She Loves Me Not and Here is My Heart. Later film appearances include Radio Days and Six Degrees of Separation. For 15 years she was a regular panelist on the television show To Tell the Truth. Hart performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in a series titled Art New York and has resumed her singing career.
Hart was appointed to an independent commission to review the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 and in 1991 received the National Medal of Arts from President George Bush. She is an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Hart received an honorary doctor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.
She is chairman emeritus
of the New York State Council on the Arts where she served as chairman from 1976 until
1996 and is the author of Kitty: An Autobiography.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired Portrait of Mrs. Ralph Curtis, a little-known masterpiece by the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). The work is a life-size painting of the wife of one of Sargent's friends done in 1898 in the Venetian palace where it remained until now. It is on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art with other newly acquired works. For more information call 216/421-7340.
The Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival, the largest independent short film festival in North America, will be held May 31-June 6. Short film entries should be under 40 minutes, 16mm or 35mm, and must have been completed within 2 years of the deadline, March 1. For more information contact Brenda Sherwood at 416/535-8506.