Actress Winston to be recognized by her Miss. hometown

Published 4:56 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Actress Hattie Winston will be honored this week in her Mississippi Delta hometown as one of several people to receive a Greenville Honors Its Own award.

“I felt like my foundation was not just my family but the town where I grew up,” Winston, 62, said from her current home in Los Angeles.

Winston’s acting credits include TV shows “Becker,” “The Electric Company” and “Homefront.” She has also appeared in Broadway productions of “The Tap Dance Kid,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “I Love My Wife.” Winston also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s film “Jackie Brown.”

Winston was born in Lexington, Miss., and grew up in Greenville, where she attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. Her family eventually moved to New York.

Recently, Winston has been directing, doing television guest appearances and voice-over work for commercials, including one for the Long John Silver’s restaurant chain.

She has produced a series of readings that feature original works by authors not normally thought of as writers. She also contributed to a book about the voice-over industry. In addition, Winston has produced plays, including one she wrote based on slave narratives.

She is writing a book about her journey in the entertainment industry.

“For the cultural arts community to recognize me not for what I’ve done but for what I’m doing is really an honor,” she told the Delta Democrat Times newspaper of Greenville.

The award from the Greenville Arts Council will be presented by a longtime friend, Nola “Butch” Leggett. The Greenville Honors Its Own gala is 7 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center.