The Kennedy women aren't strangers to honoring people who have made extraordinary contributions to the performing arts.
In a two-hour television gala, author and attorney Caroline Kennedy took the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. -- a center named for her father -- to announce that director, singer, actress, composer and producer Barbra Streisand would receive Kennedy Center Honors for 2008.
Other recipients honored at the 31st annual national celebration of the arts were actor Morgan Freeman, singer George Jones, choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.
While the recipients sat in the presidential box alongside President George and First Lady Laura Bush for a review of their accomplishments, another Kennedy woman was on the West Coast for an official state ceremony.
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted 12 leaders, trailblazers and legends into The California Museum's California Hall of Fame. Shriver created the program to celebrate those Californians who embody the state's spirit of inspiration and innovation.
Inductees David Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Robert Graham, Quincy Jones, Jack LaLanne, Jack Nicholson and Alice Waters walked the red carpet with the governor and the First Lady, along with family members for the posthumous awards: Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Dorothea Lange, Julia Morgan, Linus Pauling and Leland Stanford.
In an official state ceremony, inductees received the Spirit of California medal in the California Museum's auditorium. The new 3,000-square-foot California Hall of Fame gallery will house large items, interactive multimedia presentations and items of important historical and cultural significance. Features include Leland Stanford's "Golden Spike" and horse-drawn carriage, Dorothea Lange's cameras, Jack Nicholson's script from "The Shining" and a "Dr. Seuss" reading room.
The California Museum -- home of the California Hall of Fame and California Legacy Trails -- is a cultural destination dedicated to telling the rich history of California and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. It is located at 1020 O St., Sacramento.