WHO IS JAMES R. QUIRK, WHAT IS HIS RELATIONSHIP TO LAWRENCE J. QUIRK, AND WHAT ON EARTH ARE THE "QUIRK AWARDS."
James R. Quirk was the editor and publisher of PHOTOPLAY magazine during its greatest
period, the golden age of Hollywood. His nephew, author and film historian Lawrence J. Quirk, established the JRQ Awards in his memory. Recipients of the award have included major stars (as a celebration
of their entire career) as well as the comparatively unsung, and the talented beginner. At first the awards were given at
modest ceremonies in apartments, but then moved to the Roosevelt Townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the 1980's.
When the Townhouse was no longer available for functions, the Quirk Awards were presented at several different venues, including
the Five Oaks Supper Club (once a great speakeasy) and Rose's Turn piano bar in the village. The awards have been televised
on cable. While the last ceremony was a few years ago, awards are still given on occasion. There may be a new Quirk Awards
in the near future. Although they can no longer officially be called the "Photoplay" awards, it is well-known that they
embody the spirit of Photoplay -- the greatest of the film magazines -- and
its famous editor during its golden period. In the 1980's author William Schoell became co-donor of the awards and expanded
its range from films, film stars, and related areas to all of the performing arts, with a particular concentration on
the great operatic composers. Therefore, THE JAMES R. QUIRK FILM AND PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS were born.