Stephen Sondheim and Barbara Cook - The New York Premiere of the HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, held at the Museum of Modern Art - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 19th November 2013
Neil Diamond was among those honoured in Washington over the weekend, the performer receiving one of the most prestigious arts awards in America after being given a Kennedy Center Honour alongside actress Meryl Streep, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, cellist Yo-yo Ma and Broadway legend Barbara Cook. There was a special poignancy for the 69 year-old - hosting the ceremony was former president John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy, of whom his famous hit 'Sweet Caroline' is named after.
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President Barack Obama was prepared to risk the wrath of wife and First Lady Michelle at the Kennedy Centre Honours - by admitting he had a crush on one of the recipients, actress Meryl Streep. Obama was in jovial mood as he awarded Streep, songwriter Neil Diamond, singer Barbara Cook and composer Sonny Rollins their awards at the 34th ceremony, and the UK's Daily Telegraph reported that he had kind words for the 62 year-old actress, smiling broadly as he said "Meryl Streep, anybody who saw The French Lieutenant's Woman had a crush on her."
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Barbara Cook and Michael Feinstein - Barbara Cook and Michael Feinstein New York City, USA - Opening night of the Broadway musical production of 'Follies' at the Marquis Theatre - Arrivals Monday 12th September 2011
Music legend Neil Diamond has got engaged to his manager Katie McNeil, who will become his third wife.
Neil Diamond has got engaged to his manager.
The 70-year-old singer has announced his happy news on twitter and admitted he is completely "love-struck".
Writing in a rhyming couplet to resemble a song lyric, he tweeted: "Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil."
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Meryl Streep is set the be awarded a Kennedy Centre Honour which is the highest honour for defining American culture through the arts.
President Obama will greet the receiptants at the show on December 4th and the ceremony will be broadcast on December 27th, along with actress Streep there are several other American greats whom will receive the prize including singer Barbara Cook, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The Kennedy Centre Honours were created in 1977 and are name in honour of former President John Kennedy. A board of trustees selects the nominees and the ceremony will be shown live on CBS.
Streep was born in New Jersey and made started her career in 1971 starring in movie Julia. Both critical and commercial success came quickly for the actress following her appearance in The Deer Hunter in 1978, Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and later won an ACADEMY award for her performance in Sophie's Choice, the story about a mother haunted by the decisions she made during the holocaust. She appeared in the 2008 movie Mama Mia! an Abba themed musical alongside PIERCE BRONSON and also recently finished filming the new movie in which she stars as The Iron Lady which is a biopic about the controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and is due for release later this year (2011).
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