Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF) is thrilled to announce Emmy Award-winning Actor and Comedian, Martin Short, as Guest Speaker at the Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon to celebrate 34 years of LSCRF on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. Event proceeds will support advancing the treatments, education and early detection of breast cancer.
The Annual Fall Benefit Luncheon is co-chaired by Michelle Williams and Justyna Della Valle. The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. The PURSE-SUE THE CURE™ purse auction will feature more than 100 new, collectible and kids’ handbags, as well as men’s featured items from preeminent retailers, upscale boutiques and private collections.
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About Martin Short
A celebrated comedian and actor, Martin Short has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” over 30 years ago.
Short won his first Emmy in 1982 while working on Canada’s SCTV Comedy Network, which brought him to the attention of the producers of “SNL.” He became an “SNL” fan-favorite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen.
His popularity and exposure on “SNL” led Short to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in “Three Amigos” and followed with “Innerspace”; “Three Fugitives”; “Clifford”; “Pure Luck”; and “Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks.” One of Short’s most memorable roles was in the remake of “Father of the Bride” as Franck the wedding planner, a role he reprised a few years later in “Father of the Bride Part II.” Short lent his voice to the animated film “Madagascar 3” and Tim Burton’s Oscar-nominated “Frankenweenie." Short’s voice is also featured in the animated holiday film “Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer,” which was released in November 2018.
An accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony, Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in the revival of “Little Me.” He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl.” Short co-wrote and starred in “Fame Becomes Me,” prompting The New York Times to describe Short as “a natural for live musicals, a limber singer and dancer who exudes a fiery energy that makes you want to reach for your sunglasses.” Short most recently appeared on Broadway in Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play.”
A two-time primetime Emmy winner and multi-nominated for both primetime and daytime Emmys, Short returned to television in 1998 for the miniseries “Merlin” and host of “The Martin Short Show.” In 2001, he launched the popular comedy “Primetime Glick” and in 2010 received critical acclaim for his role in FX’s drama series “Damages.”
Short has also returned to “SNL” as host three times and performed in the series’ landmark 40th anniversary special in February 2015. Other recent television credits include “Hairspray Live!”; “Maya & Marty”; “Mulaney”; “How I Met Your Mother”; and the critically acclaimed PBS series “Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.”
Short’s New York Times bestselling memoir “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend” was published in 2014.
In 1994, Short was awarded the Order of Canada — the Canadian equivalent to British knighthood. He was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000. This year he received a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor-general of Canada.
Short’s Netflix special with Steve Martin titled “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life” received four Emmy nominations in 2018. Short and Martin are currently on their new tour titled “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t.”
About Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation (LSCRF)
Since its inception in 1985, LSCRF has raised over $34 million toward advancing the understanding of breast cancer. Research initiatives focus on novel treatments, education and early detection of breast cancer. LSCRF also funds fellowships in breast surgery, breast imaging, pathology and hematology/oncology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to ensure that more patients have access to professionals with advanced training in the treatment of breast cancer. For more information about the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.lynnsage.org.