Rosie O'Donnell to Get Honorary Tony Award

By Mark Kennedy
|  Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014  |  Updated 3:12 PM CDT
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Television personality Rosie O'Donnell attends "Howard Stern's Birthday Bash", presented by SiriusXM, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York.

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Rosie O'Donnell is getting a Tony Award.

The award's administration committee said Tuesday that the former talk show host will get 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, and her theater credits include performing in "Grease," ''Seussical" and "Fiddler on the Roof" as well as producing the musical "Taboo."

The Tony Awards are June 8.

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