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2003 Alumni Guests

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Actor & Producer Chris O'Donnell '92

Recipient of 2003 Arts Council Alumni Award




Chris O’Donnell ’92 made his motion picture debut in 1990, while a student majoring in marketing at Boston College, with a critically acclaimed performance as Jessica Lange’s rebellious son in the Paul Brickman feature, MEN DON’T LEAVE. He followed with a memorable cameo in Jon Avnets Academy Award nominated FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.

In 1993, O’Donnell was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Chicago Film Critics Award for his starring role opposite Al Pacino in the multiple Academy Award winners, SCENT OF A WOMAN, directed by Marty Brest. He then played the swashbuckling "D’Artagnan" in THE THREE MUSKETEERS, for which he was named the NATO/ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow in 1994.

O’Donnell then starred in the romantic comedy sleeper, CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, and won over audiences worldwide with his stand-out performance as "Robin" in the highest grossing film of 1995, BATMAN FOREVER.

He went on to star in the dark legal thriller, THE CHAMBER, and Lord Richard Attenborough’s period romance, IN LOVE AND WAR, before reprising his role as the daredevil acrobat and fledgling super-hero in the 1997 hit, BATMAN & ROBIN. In 1999, O’Donnell co-starred in Robert Altman’s critically-acclaimed comedy COOKIE’S FORTUNE opposite an impressive ensemble cast that included Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler and Charles Dutton. This film opened the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

O’Donnell was last seen on film in Columbia Pictures action-thriller VERTICAL LIMIT directed by Martin Campbell. Prior to that, O’Donnell recently starred in the romantic comedy THE BACHELOR opposite Renee Zellweger, which was produced by his company George Street Pictures in association with New Line Cinema.

In April 2002, Chris O’Donnell made his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s "The Man Who Had All the Luck," directed by Scott Ellis.

O’Donnell resides in Los Angeles and Chicago with his wife Caroline (sister of his BC roommate), daughter Lily and son Christopher, Jr.


Chris O'Donnell's Schedule at the Boston College Arts Festival 2003

Friday, April 25    
9:00 AM Alumni Breakfast Reception By invitation only
10:30 AM Inside the BC Studio O'Neill Plaza, Main Tent
By Advance Ticket only
12:15 AM Media Interviews By invitation only
Saturday, April 26    
10:30 AM Actors' Workshop with Scott Ellis, Tony Award nominated director By invitation only
6:00 PM Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival
Arts Council Alumni Award presentation
For BC Alumni & guests



Paula Lyons NC '67
Consumer Editor, WBZ-TV

Paula Lyons is the consumer editor for WBZ-TV 4 and host of "Lyons on the Lookout," covering consumer issues that concern New Englanders. Prior to joining the station in September 1994 Lyons was a consumer editor for "Good Morning America" from 1989 to 1994, and also for WCVB-TV in Boston from 1978 to 1989.

An award winning consumer editor, Lyons was honored with the Consumer Federation of America's prestigious Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award in 1991 and the National Press Club's Journalism Award for Best Investigative Reporting.

Lyons is a contributing writer on consumer issues for the national magazine Ladies' Home Journal and is also a regular contestant with her husband, Arnie Reisman, on National Public Radio's weekly comedy quiz show "Says You." Prior to her television career she worked in various capacities for the city of Boston including press secretary to Mayor Kevin H. White, assistant director of the Mayor's Office of Communications and deputy director of the Office of Federal Relations. She has also worked as a teacher in Boston and the American School of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Lyons holds a bachelor of science degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a masters degree from the University of Massachusetts. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband.

Recognized by its peers for its extensive coverage of breaking news, weather, politics, sports and entertainment, WBZ-TV 4 was named "Best News Station in the Country" in the year 2000, and was ranked "Best in Boston" for the 2nd year in a row by Columbia University's "Project for Excellence" study in 2000.

WBZ-TV 4 is a member of The Viacom Television Stations Group, a unit of Viacom Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and music.


Paula Lyons' Schedule at the Boston College Arts Festival 2003

Saturday, April 26    
8:00 PM Narrator: Music of the British Isles
Concert Band spring concert
Open to the public
$10 admission
BC students - FREE w/ID