Film critic Jeffrey Lyons to reveal career trials, triumphs at Mount talk

Event to feature anniversary screening of ‘Jane Eyre’
February 14, 2018

Jeffrey Lyons will discuss the highlights of his nearly 50-year career on Friday, March 2 at 6:30 Mount Saint Mary College. The public is invited to attend for free.

Jeffrey Lyons, a five-time New York Emmy Award winner, will discuss his life, career, and memories of revered actor Orson Welles on Friday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College.

The talk, free and open to the public, will take place in Aquinas Hall Theatre on the Mount campus, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. The doors open at 6 p.m. 

The event will include a special 75th anniversary screening of the 1943 film Jane Eyre, in which Welles plays the leading man opposite Joan Fontaine. 

Lyons, who received a Mount Saint Mary College Honorary Degree in 2002, has reviewed more than 15,000 movies and 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays; interviewed nearly 500 actors; written or co-authored seven books; and co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS, MSNBC, and NBC.

After graduating from Syracuse Law School with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1969, Lyons conducted his first professional interview for NBC radio’s iconic Monitor program with Debbie Reynolds. 

Lyons began his journalism career working for the Newhouse Newspapers. He was seen nationally on The Independent Network News via Tribune Broadcasting, and in 1982, Lyons was chosen over 300 aspirants to co-host Sneak Previews, the famous PBS movie review program which he co-hosted for 12 seasons (1982-92 and 1994-96).

In 1996, Lyons joined WNBC as their film and theater critic. He also reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons on MSNBC’s At the Movies in 2003. He continues his career reviewing movies on WCBS radio in New York and through national syndication on Lyons Den radio, and occasionally on TV. 

His most recent and highly-acclaimed book is What a Time It Was! Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife, a sequel to Stories My Father Told Me, Notes from the Lyons Den. Both are collections of anecdotes from his father’s iconic Broadway column, along with his own interviews. 

This lecture is made possible by Mount Saint Mary College’s Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture Series and the Affron family. 

Jerome S. Affron, a former Mount trustee, established the Samuel D. Affron Memorial Lecture Series in honor of his father in 1982. A native of Kingston, Samuel D. Affron served on the Board of Education in Beacon for many years.