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Bickford Arts Symposium Features Array of Stars

Laura Bickford, Sam Bottoms, Paula Prentiss, Elizabeth Murray just a few hot names on campus

10/13/2005 9:44:00 AM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph-Macon Woman’s College will host a staggering array of legendary stars and artists during its Bickford Arts Symposium Nov. 3-5. The symposium will feature behind the scenes discussions and performances on the artists and current issues in the arts. It is open and free for the public.

Featured guests include Sam Bottoms and Laura Bickford of the movie Traffic, Emmy Award winner Pia Lindstrom, Golden Globe Winner Richard Benjamin of The Sunshine Boys, comedienne Paula Prentiss, The Trisha Brown Dance Company, nationally-acclaimed artist Elizabeth Murray and art curator and artist Klaus Kertess.

For more information, check out the web at For media inquiries, please call Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager at (434) 947-8142.

The Stars:

Sam Bottoms

The third of four acting brothers, Sam Bottoms started his acting career on the stage in Santa Barbara. He then made his first film appearance as the mute Billy in The Last Picture Show with older brother Timothy. Sam later showed up in two Vietnam-themed Francis Ford Coppola films: he was hotshot surfer PFC Lance in Apocalypse Now (1979) and the more sober-sided Lt. Webber in Gardens of Stone (1987).

In 1981, he starred in the TV-miniseries remake of East of Eden as Cal Trask, while his brother Timothy played his father, Adam Trask. In 1976, Sam appeared with Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales . Sam has recently appeared in Sea Biscuit , and Anand Tucker’s Shop Girl which is currently in theaters. Sam will appear next year in Havoc and Some Kind of Heaven with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Sam’s daughter Io Bottoms will continue the Bottoms acting legacy and make her film debut in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, to be released next year. Sam’s career spans 40 films and many guest starring roles for television. Sam currently resides in both New York and Los Angeles

Laura Bickford

Laura Bickford, one of the film industry’s leading producers, was also nominated for an Academy Award for her film, Traffic. With partner Bill Pohlad, Bickford now heads River Road Entertainment, which has a first-look, co-financing arrangement with Focus/Universal Studies. She made her debut as a producer in 1995 with Citizen X for HBO Pictures. She’s also produced Playing God, which starred David Duchovny, Timothy Hutton and Angelina Jolie. She’s the daughter of R-MWC Trustee and alumna Jewelle Wooten Bickford.

Pia Lindstrom

Emmy-award winning Pia Lindstrom has been prominent in television broadcasting for more than 25 years as a news correspondent, writer, director, and producer. She has also been a theatre and movie critic in addition to working for CBS News and NBC. She now appears on the American Theater Wing’s Working in the Theatre Seminars.

The daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and neurosurgeon Dr. Petter Lindstrom, she lives in Manhattanwith her husband, attorney Jack Carley, and their two sons. Her many awards include two Emmys and the Associated Press Broadcaster’s Award.

Richard Benjamin

With a varied career spanning five decades, Richard Benjamin is noted for his work as both an actor and director. Known for his roles in films such as Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, and Diary of a Mad Housewife, Benjamin won a Golden Globe Award when he reprised his stage role in the film version of The Sunshine Boys.

He’s also produced for television and has appeared in various TV roles for shows such as Dr. Kild

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