Perry, Antoinette, 1888–1946, American actress, manager, producer, b. Denver, Colo. Perry began her career as an actress. She later produced several successful plays with Brock Pemberton, including Strictly Dishonorable, Personal Appearance, and Kiss the Boys Goodbye. Perry was noted for helping young people who were attempting theatrical careers. She was a founder of the American Theater Wing, which presents the annual Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards in her honor for outstanding accomplishments in theater.
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Perry, Antoinette(1888–1946) actress, director; born in Denver, Colo. A director of many plays, she became chairman of the American Theatre Wing. In 1947 the Antoinette Perry Awards (the Tonys) were founded in her memory.
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