Commencement to be held May 11
Former actress and Miramax Films story editor Deborah Goodrich Royce will be addressing about 175 graduates at Lake Erie College’s 149th annual commencement ceremony on May 11 at 11 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.
Royce graduated summa cum laude from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree in foreign languages and a minor in dance. After graduation, she worked for ten years as an actress in film and television.
She began her acting career as Silver Kane, sister of the legendary Erica Kane, on the long running ABC soap opera, “All My Children.” In the 1980s, Royce starred in several feature films such as, “April Fool’s Day” and “Just One of the Guys,” television movies such as, “Return to Peyton Place,” “The Deliberate Stranger” and “Liberace” and television series such as “St. Elsewhere,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Hotel.”
After the birth of her daughters, Royce moved behind the scenes to work at Miramax Films as a story editor. At Miramax, she worked on the development of such films as, “Emma,” “Chicago” and “The English Patient.” With a writing partner, Royce won a grant from the Massachusetts Arts Council in 2002 to develop and workshop an original screenplay.
In 2003, Royce and her husband Chuck co-founded and restored the Avon Theatre Film Center, a 1939 landmark in Stamford, Conn., dedicated to classic and independent films, which they operate as a not-for-profit cinema. The Royce’s host an ongoing series of visiting film luminaries at the Avon. Directors and writers such as Robert Altman, Peter Bogdonavich and Nora Ephron and actors such as Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour and Gene Wilder, have all come to the Avon to show their films and talk about their work.
Royce serves on the board of Literacy Volunteers of Stamford/Greenwich, where she also taught writing, and the YWCA of Greenwich, where she co-founded the Old Bags Luncheon, a record-breaking fundraiser for their Domestic Abuse Services. Royce and her husband are also actively involved in the restoration of numerous buildings and “Main Street” revitalization projects in Tannersville, N.Y., and Westerly, R.I.
Tickets are required for admittance into the commencement ceremony. A free, informal reception will immediately follow commencement in the Holden Center where graduates and their guests are invited to interact with fellow graduates, faculty and staff.