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Great Character

October 16, 2017 – by Cole Hatcher

Wendie Malick ’72

Actress Wendie Malick ’72 to Receive 2017 Carney Award

Ohio Wesleyan University alumna Wendie Malick ’72 is an actress of great character. (And she’s a great character actress, too.) 

Malick, who has garnered Golden Globe and CableACE awards, Emmy nominations, and a Woman of Vision Award from the Women in Film and Video Association for humanitarian work, will be honored Oct. 29 in Hollywood with a 2017 Carney Award. 

The Carney Award is named in honor of legendary character actor Art Carney, best known for portraying Jackie Gleason’s sidekick, Ed Norton, on TV’s “The Honeymooners.” The award, first presented in 2015, recognizes “outstanding achievement in character acting.” 

“They are memorable, illustrious, noteworthy and unforgettable,” Carney Award organizers say. “You may not know their names, but you know their faces. They are character actors, and they are the mainstay and backbone of every film and television show.” 

Malick, a fine arts major and theatre minor at Ohio Wesleyan, is most widely known for her roles as Nina Van Horn on TV’s “Just Shoot Me,” Victoria Chase on “Hot in Cleveland,” and Judith Tupper Stone on HBO’s “Dream On.” Her many additional credits include the feature films “The American President,” “Scrooged,” and “Bugsy.” 

In addition to Malick, other Carney Award honorees have included CCH Pounder, William H. Macy, Gary Cole, and Steve Buscemi. 

Learn more about the Carney Awards at www.thecarneyawards.com, more about Malick at www.imdb.com/name/nm0005176, and more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Theatre & Dance at www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.