David Lynch Foundation Benefit

Healing the HiddenWounds of War


The David Lynch Foundation is honored that award-winning actors Tom Hanks, Mary-Louise Parker and Kyle MacLachlan will join us for the benefit dinner and talk about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for their health, creativity, acting, and life.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer, and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®, he won his first Oscar® in 1994 for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia.” The following year, he took home his second Oscar® for his unforgettable performance in the title role of Robert Zemeckis’ “Forrest Gump.” He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for the latter.

Hanks has also been honored with Academy Award® nominations for his performances in Penny Marshall’s “Big,” Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan,” and Robert Zemeckis’ “Cast Away,” also winning Golden Globes for “Big” and “Cast Away.”

Hanks was most recently seen in Stephen Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” Tom Tykwer’s “A Hologram for the King,” Ron Howard’s “Inferno,” Clint Eastwood’s “Sully,” and James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle.” He will be seen next in Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers.”

In 2013, Hanks was seen starring in Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominated film “Captain Phillips,” for which he received SAG, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations as well as in AFI’s Movie of the Year “Saving Mr. Banks,” with Emma Thompson. more

His other feature credits include the Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski film “Cloud Atlas,” Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” the animated adventure “The Polar Express,” which he also executive produced and which reunited him with director Robert Zemeckis; the Coen brothers’ “The Ladykillers”; Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal” and “Catch Me If You Can”; Sam Mendes’ “Road to Perdition”; Frank Darabont’s “The Green Mile”; Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle”; Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own”; Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons” and “Splash”; and the computer-animated blockbusters “Cars,” “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3.”

Hanks’ work on the big screen has translated to success on the small screen. Following “Apollo 13,” he executive produced and hosted the acclaimed HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” also directing one segment, and writing several others. His work on the miniseries brought him Emmy, Golden Globe and Producers Guild Awards, as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Director.

His collaboration with Steven Spielberg on “Saving Private Ryan” led to them executive producing the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” based on the book by Stephen Ambrose. Hanks also directed a segment and wrote another segment of the fact-based miniseries, which won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries. In addition, Hanks earned an Emmy Award for Best Director and an Emmy nomination for Best Writing, and received another Producers Guild Award for his work on the project.

In 2008, Hanks executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries “John Adams,” starring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. It won 13 Emmy Awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries, and a PGA Award. More recently, Hanks and Spielberg re-teamed for the award-winning HBO miniseries “The Pacific,” for which Hanks once again served as executive producer. The ten-part program won eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, and brought Hanks his fourth PGA Award.

In 2012, Hanks executive produced the HBO political drama starring Julianne Moore and Ed Harris, which follows Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate in his 2008 Presidential campaign. Game Change was awarded Emmy and Golden Globes for Best Miniseries/Television Film as well as earning several other awards and nominations. In 2013, Hanks served as host, narrator and historical commentator for the two hour National Geographic television movie based on the best-selling book “Killing Lincoln”. Since 2013, Hanks and Playtone have produced the Emmy nominated CNN documentary series “The Sixties,” “The Seventies” and “The Eighties,” and in 2014, the HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” based on the Pullitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. In 2015, “Olive Kitteridge” won eight Emmy awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, three Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a DGA award and a SAG award.

In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing debut with “That Thing You Do,” in which he also starred. He more recently wrote, produced, directed and starred in “Larry Crowne,” with Julia Roberts. Under his and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone banner, they produced 2002’s smash hit romantic comedy “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and 2016’s “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” with Goetzman and his wife, Rita Wilson. Other producing credits include “Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Ant Bully,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Mamma Mia!,” “The Great Buck Howard,” “Starter for 10” and the HBO series “Big Love.”

In 2013, Hanks made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. His performance earned him Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony nominations.

In 2002, Hanks received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was later honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the Chaplin Award in 2009. In 2014, Hanks received a Kennedy Center Honor.


Mary-Louise can most recently be seen on Stephen King’s cable series “Mr. Mercedes” and ABC’s miniseries, “When We Rise.” Her work in Showtime’s “Weeds” earned her the Golden Globe award, as well as four Golden Globe nominations, the Satellite award, along with five nominations, three Emmy nominations, and six SAG nominations. Parker’s work in Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America” garnered her an Emmy award and the Golden Globe Award; and her work on “The West Wing” and in TV movie “The Robber Bride” were recognized with Emmy nominations, the latter winning her a Gemini Award. For the small screen she also starred in “Sugartime”, “Saint Maybe”, “A Place for Annie”, “Vinegar Hill”, and many others.

Parker was recently on the big screen in the hit action-comedies “Red” and “Red 2” with Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. She was also featured in “R.I.P.D.” alongside Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges . Her films “Chronically Metropolitan” and “Golden Exits” were released in 2016. Her other extensive film work includes starring roles in “Longtime Companion”, “Grand Canyon”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “Naked In New York”, “The Client”, “Bullets Over Broadway”, “Boys On The Side”, “Reckless”, “The Five Senses”, for which she was nominated for a Genie Award, “Saved!”, “Romance & Cigarettes”, “Pipe Dream”, “Red Dragon”, “The Best Thief In The World”, “The Spiderwick Chronicles”, “Solitary Man”, and “Howl”. more

Parker made her Broadway debut in “Prelude To A Kiss”, garnering a Tony® Award nomination, a Theatre World Award, The Clarence Derwent Award and a Drama Desk nomination. She originated the role of ‘Li’l Bit’ in “How I Learned To Drive”, which earned her an Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Her performance in “Proof” earned her the 2001 Tony® Award, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, New York Magazine Award, and the T. Schreiber Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre.  She also starred in “Reckless”, for which she received her third Tony® Award nomination.  In 2008, Parker starred in Sarah Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, in the 2009 Broadway revival of “Hedda Gabler.” For Manhattan Theatre Club, she performed in Sharr White’s original drama, “The Snow Geese” reuniting her with director Daniel Sullivan and most recently, “Heisenberg” by Simon Stephens, for which she received rave reviews.

Additional theatre credits include “Communicating Doors”, “Bus Stop”, “Four Dogs And A Bone”, “The Art Of Success”, “Throwing Your Voice”, “Babylon Gardens”, “The Importance Of Being Earnest”, “Up In Saratoga”, “The Miser” and “Hayfever”. She co-founded the Edge Theater, where she performed in “The Age Of Pie” and “The Girl In Pink”, among other productions.

She won the Robert Brustein Award for ‘Excellence in Theater’ and the Philadelphia Film Festival Award for ‘Career Achievement’ and was recently awarded Steppenwolf theaters’ ‘Excellence in the Arts’. Her personal and professional belongings, along with career memorabilia, are archived at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

Parker’s first book, Dear Mr. You, was published in November 2015 to critical and popular acclaim. She is also a contributing writer for Esquire, O Magazine, Bullett, THE RIVITER  and The New York Times.

Parker is a passionate and vocal advocate for justice in the world. Through her charity, Hope North, she has raised thousands of dollars to house and educate the orphans, former child soldiers and young victims of Uganda’s civil war (donations to Hope North can be made at: hopenorth.org). In addition to her work with Hope North, Parker (along with her producing partner, Elizabeth Cuthrell), wrote and produced the 2002 awarding winning PSA “Stop The Hate”, in response to the Muslim backlash after 9/11. This year, Parker also received The Center Ally award from the NYC LGBT community mainstay, The Center (gaycenter.org).

Special Performance by Grammy Award Winning Artist Miri Ben-Ari

Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-winning violinist, producer, humanitarian, UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music to the United Nations Associations of Brazil, and featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Originally from Israel, she has created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, hip-hop, soul, and dance. Ben-Ari is the CEO and Co-Founder of GEDENK, a not-for-profit organization that promotes tolerance to young people with creative programs. You can get additional information at www.miribenari.com or on Instagram @miribenari.