The 40th Chaplin Gala Awards have announced that president Bill Clinton has agreed to present movie star and musician Barbra Streisand with her award at the April 22 event. Other notables planning to present and perform include Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, and Wynton Marsalis. Also lending their support will be Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, and Kris Kristofferson. The event will take place at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
The Chaplin Award is an extension of The Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual gala, the first of which was held in 1972 in honor of Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the US from exile to accept the commendation. Other notables who have received the award include Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and current Broadway star Tom Hanks.
Barbra Streisand is known as a singer-songwriter, actress, producer, and director. She is the recipient of two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards, and a Special Tony Award. She is perhaps best known for films such as Hello, Dolly!, The Way We Were, A Star is Born, and Funny Girl. Streisand also starred in the Broadway run of Funny Girl as well as in the 1962 musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale.
Babs and Bill and Liza, oh my!
Take that, Google!