Two-time Tony Award-winner Lauren Bacall, whose stage appearances have been few but memorable, was among four artists saluted Dec. 7 for the annual Kennedy Center Awards.
The awards were given in a gala at the Washington DC performing arts center. At Sunday's ceremony, Chicago's Bebe Neuwirth and Ann Reinking joined Christine Baranski to sing a tribute to Bacall. Tony Roberts and Greg Edelman sang Cole Porter's "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" to another honoree, film star Charlton Heston.
The event is scheduled to be broadcast on the CBS-TV network at 9 PM (ET) Dec. 26.
Other recipients were singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, opera singer Jessye Norman and ballet dancer Edward Villella.
In addition to her long and distinguished film career, Bacall appeared on Broadway in Applause (1970) and Woman of the Year (1981), winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical both times. She has become a fixture among celebrities at Broadway opening nights, often on the arm of actor Brian Bedford or librettist Peter Stone. Kennedy Center honors have gone to Stephen Sondheim, Edward Albee, Hal Prince and many other theatre artists in past years.
-- By Robert Viagas