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Rosie O’Donnell To Receive Special Honor At Tony Awards

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Rosie O’Donnell is getting a Tony Award.

The award’s administration committee announced earlier this week that the former talk-show host will receive the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award, an honorary prize given to members of the theater community for their philanthropic efforts.

The committee cites O’Donnell’s commitment to arts education for New York City’s public school children. In 2003, the Emmy Award-winning O’Donnell launched a nonprofit arts education organization now known as Rosie’s Theater Kids, which provides training in dance, music and drama for students attending public school in New York City.

O’Donnell has hosted the Tony Awards three times (1997, 1998 and 2000). She won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special for the 52nd annual Tony Awards in 1998. Her theater credits include performing in “Grease,” ”Seussical” and “Fiddler on the Roof” as well as producing the musical “Taboo.”

The nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards will be announced live on Tuesday, April 29th from New York City.

“The 68th Annual Tony Awards,” hosted by Hugh Jackman will be broadcast from Radio City Music Hall June 8th at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

Find more Tony Awards coverage on CBSNewYork.com

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