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In a month already flush with awards, Actors' Equity Foundation added to the total last week when it honored some of its own.

Mary Louise Wilson and David Margulies have received this year's Richard Seff Awards, given annually by Actors' Equity Association to actors 50 and over for featured performances on or off Broadway. Wilson was chosen for her portrayal of Edith Bouvier Beale in the musical Grey Gardens; Margulies was honored for his work in two shows: as a preternaturally wise gay john in New York Theatre Workshop's production of Alan Ball's All That I Will Ever Be and as Rabbi Stephen Wise in the New Group's production of Bernard Weinraub's The Accomplices. The award was established in 2003 by the actor Richard Seff.

Also, Leslie Kritzer and Lin-Manuel Miranda won this year's Clarence Derwent Awards, given by Equity to promising male and female performers in the New York metropolitan area. Kritzer won for her turn as Serena, a sorority girl, in Legally Blonde. Miranda won for his autobiographical performance in In the Heights, for which he also wrote the music and lyrics. The awards predate the Tonys and were established in 1945 by Clarence Derwent, an actor and Equity president from 1946-52.

The awards will be given at a June 12 ceremony at the Actors' Equity building, 165 W. 46th St., at 2 p.m. The Seff Awards come with a $1,000 prize and a crystal trophy; the Derwent Awards have a $2,000 payout and a crystal trophy.

— Andrew Salomon

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