National Medal of the Arts

2010
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“ 1983 ” - Syl
 
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Luis Valdez
Miscellaneous Crew, Renovate My Family
“ 1983 ” - Syl
 
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Elliott Carter
Elliott Cook Carter Jr. was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American Western-classical-music composer who was born in and lived in New York City. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s and then returned to the United States. After a neoclassical phase, he went on to write atonal, rhythmically complex music...
“ 1985 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1985 ” - Syl
 
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Martha Graham
Miscellaneous Crew, Night Journey
American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham was a revolutionary artist of modern dance in the early 20th century. Born in Allegheny, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May 1894, her family moved to California when she was 10. She was inspired at that early age to become a dancer when she saw Ruth St. Denis perform her exotic "Epytia" modern dance in 1914...
“ 1985 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1985 ” - Syl
 
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Paul Mellon
Camera and Electrical Department, Dara O Briain: Craic Dealer Live
“ 1985 ” - Syl
 
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Georgia O'Keeffe
The artist Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on November 18, 1887. In 1905, O'Keeffe attended the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City to study at the Art Students League in New York City in the period 1907-08. After working as a commercial artist in Chicago, she became interested in Oriental design...
“ 1985 ” - Syl
 
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Marian Anderson
Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the first of three sisters in the family. Her father, named John Anderson, was a salesman at a railroad station. Her mother, named Anna Anderson, was a schoolteacher. From the age of six, Anderson sang in the choir of the United Methodist Church...
“ 1986 ” - Syl
 
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Frank Capra
One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
“ 1986 ” - Syl
 
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Aaron Copland
Soundtrack, Raging Bull
Aaron Copland is an Academy Award-winning composer (The Heiress), author, conductor, lecturer and educator. He was educated at public schools and was a music student of his sister and later Leopold Wolfson, Victor Wittgenstein, Clarence Adler, Rubin Goldmark and Nadia Boulanger. In 1925, he received the first Guggenheim fellowship awarded to a composer...
“ 1986 ” - Syl
 
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Eva Le Gallienne
Actress, Resurrection
Legendary stage actress Eva Le Gallienne's life began just as grandly as the daughter of poet Richard Le Gallienne. Sarah Bernhardt was her idol growing up and, at age 18, was brought to New York by her mother. Making her London debut with "Monna Vanna" in 1914, she proved a star in every sense of the word...
“ 1986 ” - Syl
 
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Alan Lomax
Sound Department, Gangs of New York
“ 1986 ” - Syl
 
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Romare Bearden
Art Department, Gloria
“ 1987 ” - Syl
 
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Ella Fitzgerald
Soundtrack, The Master
On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal style...
“ 1987 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1987. Mr and Mrs. Sydney Lewis were awarded the National Medal of the Arts. ” - Syl
 
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“ 1987 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1987 ” - Syl
 
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Isamu Noguchi
Production Designer, Errand in the Maze
“ 1987 ” - Syl
 
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Robert Penn Warren
Novelist, poet, critic and teacher. His best-known novel, "All the King's Men" (1946), won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947. The screen adaptation, All the King's Men, won the Academy Award for best motion picture of 1949. In 1986, Warren became the first poet laureate of the United States.
“ 1987 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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Helen Hayes
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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Gordon Parks
Director, Shaft
The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft, achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort...
“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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Jerome Robbins
Miscellaneous Crew, West Side Story
“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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Roger L. Stevens
Miscellaneous Crew, West Side Story
“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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Virgil Thomson
Composer, Louisiana Story
One of the driving forces, both as critic and musician, of 20th century American music, Thomson studied music at both Harvard University and elsewhere in the Boston area before moving to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger in 1921. After spending a short time in his native land, he returned to Paris and remained there until 1940...
“ 1988 ” - Syl
 
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Katherine Dunham
Miscellaneous Crew, Carnival of Rhythm
Dancer, choreographer, composer and songwriter, educated at the University of Chicago. She made world tours as a dancer, choreographer, and director of her own dance company. She directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York, and was artist-in-residence at Southern Illinois University. She also appeared in the Broadway musicals "Bal Negre" and "Carib Song"...
“ 1989 ” - Syl
 
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Martin Freedman
Art Department, Agnes of God
“ 1989 ” - Syl
 
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Dizzy Gillespie
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie, along with Charlie Parker, ushered in the era of Be-Bop in the American jazz tradition. He was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, and was the youngest of nine children. He began playing piano at the age of four and received a music scholarship to the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina...
“ 1989 ” - Syl
 
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Vladimir Horowitz
Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz was born on October 1, 1903, in Berdichev (near Kiev), Ukraine (then Russian Empire). His father, named Simeon Horowitz, was an electrical engineer. His mother, named Sophie Horowitz, was a professional pianist and teacher at the Kiev Conservatory. Young Vladimir Horowitz took his first piano lessons from his mother...
“ 1989 ” - Syl
 
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John Updike
John Updike is among the leading novelists of the late 20th century, having twice won the Pulitzer Prize. Updike graduated Harvard College in 1954 to the staff of the New Yorker, with whom he has worked ever since as a contributor and reviewer. Updike has published 15 novels and lives in Massachusetts
“ 1989 ” - Syl
 
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George Abbott
Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott attended Hamburg High School...
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Jacob Lawrence
Animation Department, The Promised Land
“ 1990 ” - Syl
 
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Beverly Sills
This vibrant, fine-humored coloratura was able to accomplish what most others of her ilk could or would not do -- she humanized opera and made it approachable to the masses. There were no diva-like traits in this star and the public absolutely adored her for it. Dubbed "America's Queen of Opera" in 1971 by Time magazine...
“ 1990 ” - Syl
 
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Jessica Tandy
A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909...
“ 1990 ” - Syl
 
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Roy Acuff
Soundtrack, Surf's Up
“ 1991 ” - Syl
 
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Pietro Antonio Belluschi
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Groove
“ 1991 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1991 ” - Syl
 
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Kitty Carlisle
Kitty Carlisle Hart wore a cloak of many professional and elegant colors. Actress, opera singer, Broadway performer, TV celebrity, game show panelist, patron of the arts, and, at age 95, this vital woman continued her six-decade musical odyssey with songs and reminisces in her one-woman show: "Kitty Carlisle Hart: An American Icon," which toured from her beloved New York to Los Angeles...
“ 1991 ” - Syl
 
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“ 1992 ” - Syl
 
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James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. He is...
“ 1992 ” - Syl
 
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Minnie Pearl
Self, Hee Haw
Sarah Colley studied dramatics in Belmont College in Nashville, intending to be a serious actress, but while touring with an Atlanta company, she created the Minnie Pearl character that became her life's work. Her first Grand Old Opry appearance was on the radio show in 1940, followed by 27 years of touring...
“ 1992: Her medal was donated to the Grand Ole Opry Museum in Nashville, Tennessee where it is shown on display. ” - Syl
 
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Rob Shaw
Camera and Electrical Department, Big and Small
“ 1992 ” - Syl
 
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Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
“ 1992 ” - Syl
 
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Cab Calloway
Bandleader, songwriter ("Minnie the Moocher", "Are You Hep to That Jive?"), composer, singer, actor and author, educated at Crane College. While studying law, he sang with the band The Alabamians, and took over the group in 1928. He led The Missourians orchestra, then organized and led his own orchestra...
“ 1993 ” - Syl
 
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Ray Charles
Soundtrack, The Help
A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status by the time he died in Beverly Hills at age 73...
“ 1993 ” - Syl
 
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Robert Merrill
One of the Metropolitan Opera's most enduring and acclaimed baritones, Brooklyn-born Robert Merrill was born Moishe Miller on June 4, 1919 (some sources list 1917), the son of Polish émigrés. His father, Abraham, was a shoe salesman and mother Lillian was an operatic soprano who performed in concert before her marriage...
“ 1993 ” - Syl
 
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Arthur Miller
Writer, The Crucible
Arthur Asher Miller was born on October 17, 1915, in New York City, to Augusta (Barnett) and Isidore Miller. His family was of Austrian Jewish descent. His father manufactured women's coats, but his business was devastated by the Depression, seeding his son's disillusionment with the American Dream...
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Billy Wilder
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ 1993 ” - Syl
 
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Harry Belafonte
Actor, composer, author, producer and singer, educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in night clubs and theatres, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" and "Three for Tonight"...
“ 1994 ” - Syl
 
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Julie Harris
Actress, Knots Landing
One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated...
“ 1994 ” - Syl
 
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Gene Kelly
Eugene Curran Kelly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third son of Harriet Catherine (Curran) and James Patrick Joseph Kelly, a phonograph salesman. His father was of Irish descent and his mother was of Irish and German ancestry. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was the largest and most powerful studio in Hollywood when Gene Kelly arrived in town in 1941...
“ 1994 ” - Syl
 
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Pete Seeger
Sixteen-year-old Pete Seeger enrolled at the Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and then decided to become a hermit. His life since then has been one social cause after another, buoyed by an almost indefatigable career as a self-described "sing-along leader." During the 1930s he attended Harvard...
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