Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer Barry Levinson is the honoree for the Westport Public Library's annual benefit, "Booked for the Evening," today (Wednesday, May 30). The event takes place 7 p.m. in the library's Great Hall, 20 Jesup Road.
Known for his innovative style and prolific creative ability, Levinson was awarded the Best Director Oscar in 1988 for the award-winning film "Rain Man," starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, and nominated for 10 Academy Awards for directing and producing "Bugsy" in 1991. As a screenwriter, Levinson received Oscar nominations for -- "And Justice for All," "Diner" and "Avalon."
Other Levinson productions, such as "The Natural," "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Sleepers," were box office hits.
Also scheduled to participate in the "Booked for the Evening" program are actor Michael Tucker, who appeared in Levinson's "Diner" and "Tin Men;" actress Jill Eikenberry, known for her role on the television drama, "L.A. Law," and Michael Sragow, film critic and columnist for the Baltimore Sun newspaper.
The film "Diner," an unheralded comedy the Levinson shot in 1982 about young men discussing record collections and girlfriends over a table, contributed to a fundamental shift in popular film culture.
Proceeds from tonight's event will benefit the library's programs and services.
There may be some tickets left for purchase at the door. Call the library at 203-291-4800 or visit www.westportlibrary.org for more information.