The Stars of the Actors Studio Salute the Man Behind the Method
updated 11/24/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/24/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
Alumni Woodward and Newman were honored in absentia, but the 44 award winners who came in person heard Strasberg praise their "sense of aspiration, of growth and progress, never settling for what has been done but always going further." Most of the honorees spent the evening swapping memories and praising their mentor. "There are some teachers who make their pupils honor them," Celeste Holm said, "but the really great teachers make people honor themselves." "I came from a family where we didn't show our emotions, a Quaker family, and the first time I cried in front of people was in Lee's class," Eva Marie Saint recalled. "And nobody laughed at me." Typically gnomic, Cloris Leach-man announced that Strasberg had taught her "a sense of discovering experience and experiencing discovery." It was left to a very grown-up "Baby June" Havoc to remember the school's early, hardscrabble days: "Twenty-seven years ago we walked up five flights of stairs to work and when the lights went out we had to chip in to buy a new bulb," she said. "It was good then, Lee, and it's good now."