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Tony Award won in 1959 by John Gielgud, for his ''Distinguished Contribution to Theatre''. Gielgud won this rare, special award for the one-man play ''Ages of Man'', the very successful recital which Gielgud performed for 10 years and which also won him Grammy and Emmy awards. The play features the speeches of Shakespeare in a dramatic exploration of human life, reflecting on the continuum from birth to death. The American Theatre Wing believed that Gielgud brought ''extraordinary insight into the writings of Shakespeare'' for the production, and thus awarded him this Tony. Medallion, made of sterling silver, features the masks of comedy and tragedy with the words ''ANTOINETTE PERRY AWARD'' on one side, and recipient information engraved upon the other, reading, ''THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING PRESENTS TO JOHN GIELGUD / THIS AWARD FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO THEATRE / 1958-59''. Medallion measures 3'' in diameter and weighs 7 ounces, with ''STERLING'' engraved upon the rim. Housed in its original velvet-lined presentation box. Light tarnishing, overall in very good condition.
John Gielgud's Tony Award for the Shakespearean ''Ages of Man'' -- Gielgud Is One of Only 12 ''EGOT'' Winners, Who Have Won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony Award
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