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17 Persons awarded the National Humanities Medal:

Years Active:
1997-

Art Linkletter

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Gordon Kelly
Also Known As:
Arthur Gordon Linkletter
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Adopted as a baby. Moved to USA when he was about 7. TV shows Kids Say the Darndest Things, People Are Funny, Art Linkletter's House Party. Wrote books: Old Age is Not for Sissies, How to Be a Supersalesman, Confessions of a Happy Man, Hobo on the Way to Heaven, I Didn't Do It Alone. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1994. Theodore Roosevelt Award 1981. National Humanities Medal 2002. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 1560 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
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Don Henley

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Donald Hugh Henley
Birth Date:
Age today:
70, 31 days before his 71st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar and drums. Lead vocalist of band The Eagles. Songs Hotel California, Desperado. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2000. National Humanities Medal 1997. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008 as a member of The Eagles.
Kennedy Center Honors 2016 as a member of The Eagles.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998 as a member of The Eagles.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of The Eagles.

E.L. Doctorow

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edgar Lawrence Doctorow
Also Known As:
E. L. Doctorow
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books Billy Bathgate, Loon Lake, The March, Ragtime, The Book of Daniel. Bronx Walk of Fame 2001, New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012. New Rochelle Walk of Fame. National Humanities Medal 1998.

Elie Wiesel

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Eliezer Wiesel
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Became a US citizen. Holocaust survivor. Book Night. Nobel Peace Prize 1986. Honorary UK knighthood. Congressional Gold Medal 1984. French Legion of Honor. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1992. Jewish-American Hall of Fame. National Humanities Medal 2009.

Frank Deford

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Franklin Deford
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Magazine Sports Illustrated. Channel NPR. National Humanities Medal 2012. NSMA Hall of Fame 1998.

Garrison Keillor

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Gary Edward Keillor
Also Known As:
Gary Keillor
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Book and radio program Prairie Home Companion. Stories from Lake Woebegon. Book Lake Wobegon Days. National Radio Hall of Fame 1994. National Humanities Medal 1999.

Hal Holbrook

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr.
Birth Date:
Age today:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Dixie Carter, until her death.
Older than Dixie Carter by 14 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies The Firm, The Fog, The Kidnapping of the President, Wall Street, All the President's Men. Role of Abraham Lincoln in two TV miniseries North and South, Book II, Lincoln. Theater Hall of Fame 1999. National Humanities Medal 2003.

Joan Ganz Cooney

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Joan Ganz
Also Known As:
Joan Redden Ganz
Birth Date:
Age today:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

One of the founders of Children's Television Workshop, now known as Sesame Workshop, famous for creation of the children's TV show Sesame Street. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. National Women's Hall of Fame 1998. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1995. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1997. Television Hall of Fame 1989. National Humanities Medal 2003.

John Updike

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Hoyer Updike
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books The Witches of Eastwick, Rabbit, Run. Pulitzer Prizes for books Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest. National Medal of Arts 1989. National Humanities Medal 2003.

Madeleine L'Engle

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Madeleine L'Engle Camp
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Best known for science fiction/fantasy for children and adults. Book A Wrinkle in Time. Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame 1996. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2011. National Humanities Medal 2004.

Philip Roth

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Philip Milton Roth
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books The Human Stain, Portnoy's Complaint. Wrote novella Goodbye, Columbus. Pulitzer Prize for book American Pastoral. Movie The Human Stain. National Medal of Arts 1998. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. National Humanities Medal 2010.

Quincy Jones

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
Nickname(s):
Q
Birth Date:
Age today:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
father of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Producer of the Michael Jackson album Off the Wall. Composed songs Chump Change, Soul Bossa Nova. California Hall of Fame 2008. Kennedy Center Honors 2001. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. National Medal of Arts 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. National Humanities Medal 2000. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 March 1980.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Steven Spielberg

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Steven Allan Spielberg
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Amy Irving by 6 years.
husband of
Older than Kate Capshaw by 6 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Post, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Color Purple, Jurassic Park, Amistad, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Poltergeist, Back to the Future, Men in Black. Kennedy Center Honors 2006. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 2005. Liberty Medal 2009. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2015. Cecil B DeMille Award 2009. National Humanities Medal 1999. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 10 January 2002.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Studs Terkel

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Terkel
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books Giants of Jazz, Working, The Good War winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame 2009. Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2001. National Humanities Medal 1997.

Tom Wolfe

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1984. National Humanities Medal 2001.

Toni Morrison

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Chloe Ardelia Wofford
Also Known As:
Chloe Anthony Wofford
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books (novels) The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Beloved. Movie Beloved. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1987. Nobel Prize in Literature 1993. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2012. Ohio Women's Hall of Fame 1982. New York State Writers Hall of Fame 2012. National Humanities Medal 2000.

Wynton Marsalis

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Wynton Learson Marsalis
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Branford Marsalis by 1 year.
son of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Also Classical music. Pulitzer Prize for Music 1997. Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. French Legion of Honor 2009. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1999. National Medal of Arts 2005.. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. National Humanities Medal 2015.
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