Hal Holbrook responds to Twain Lifetime Achievement Award

HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum announced earlier this week it will award the first-ever Mark Twain Lifetime Achievement Award to Hal Holbrook.

The award was created to honor individuals whose work furthers the legacy of Mark Twain in a significant way. Holbrook has performed as Twain since 1954, performing to sold-out crowds around the world and winning a Tony award in 1966.

"What started out as a desperate move to make a living has become the engine of my life,” Holbrook said in response to the award. “Mark Twain has taken me to every corner of America and shown us who we are, where we have failed, and what we could become.  How could I ever ask for more than that?"

The museum will present the award to Holbrook this fall when he returns to Hannibal.  Holbrook will appear in “Mark Twain Tonight!” at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hannibal High School. 

“Hal Holbrook is a beloved figure around the world,” said executive director Cindy Lovell. “He is revered and respected by the Twain community for his incomparable dedication to sharing Twain’s life and works with a global audience.”

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