News reports out of Memphis this morning indicate that Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman was in a very serious car accident last evening in Ruleville, Mississippi, which is about 113 miles south of Memphis.
Memphis' WMC-TV is reporting:
Freeman's vehicle flipped several times before it came to rest. Emergency crews extracted Freeman and his passenger from their vehicle using the jaws of life. They were then both transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Officials did not release either person's condition.Just two weeks earlier, the 71 year old Memphis native concluded his first Broadway outing in 20 years as actor Frank Elgin in the revival of Clifford Odets' The Country Girl alongside Frances McDormand and Peter Gallagher.
While most audiences know him from his extensive, award-winning work in film, it's been to Freeman's enormous credit that he's never forgotten his theatrical roots. In addition to his recent return to the Great White Way, he had been acting as honorary chairman of a $15 million capital campaign for Playhouse on the Square in his hometown of Memphis.
I'm sure I'm not alone in keeping this acting legend in thoughts and prayers.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).