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May 20, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese ("The Departed," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Hugo") will present the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award to comedy master Mel Brooks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6. Scorsese received the prestigious AFI honor in 1997 for his body of work. Brooks, who has won the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy, began his career as a comedian on the borscht-belt circuit and as a writer in the early 1950s on the legendary Sid Caesar series "Your Show of Shows.
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October 4, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Let's say this right off the bat: Jane Fonda, in the opinion of this lowly journalist at least, is a perfectly fine choice for an AFI life achievement award. She's done remarkable film work going back a long way, whether in "On Golden Pond," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Klute," "Coming Home" or many others. She's a woman on a list that needs more women (only eight have been given the AFI honor in the award's 42-year history). And whether it's videos about exercise or getting conservatives exercised, Fonda has continually reinvented herself in ways that go well beyond the movies.
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October 26, 2001 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, whose affable charm in comedies such as "Sleepless in Seattle" and riveting character studies in dramas such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Forrest Gump" have made him a box-office powerhouse, on Thursday was named this year's recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.
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June 7, 2013 | By Susan King
Irreverent and often raucous, the 41st American Film Institute Life Achievement Award gala Thursday evening at the Dolby Theatre honored the king of comedy, Mel Brooks, in a full-on laugh fest. Martin Short got the evening off to a flying start by singing songs from Brooks' films, including "I Want to Be a Producer" and "Springtime for Hitler" from "The Producers" and the "Blazing Saddles" theme song  surrounded by a bevy of statuesque chorus girls who towered over Short. "I'm not speaking from the heart, I'm speaking from the TelePrompter," said Short as he went into a series of jokes about Brooks being Jewish.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "Very rarely do you get a chance to say thank you to one of your heroes," said Billy Crystal, who related how he became friends with Brooks at PTA meetings when his daughter Jennifer and Brooks' son Max were in the same class in grade school.
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September 30, 1989 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
Omar Sharif, his face caked and glistening with ice crystals, plodding through the snow to get to Julie Christie. A black dot wavering in the heated desert air, coming closer and growing larger until we see it is actually a man riding a camel. A proud Alec Guinness leading his troop of POWs through a Japanese compound as they whistle the "Col. Bogey March." The American Film Institute is going to have some great clips to show at its March 8 dinner next year.
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June 11, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The force of Hollywood was with George Lucas on Thursday evening as the 61-year-old "Star Wars" filmmaker, producer and writer received the 33rd annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.
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May 31, 2001
The last Mayoral Debate between Antonio Villaraigosa and James Hahn takes place at the Museum of Tolerance (8 p.m. KABC). "AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbra Streisand" (8 p.m. Fox) salutes the first female director to receive the prestigious honor. Previous recipients include Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Spielberg.
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October 5, 2007 | Lee Margulies
Warren Beatty, a onetime bit player on the sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" who went on to star in such films as "Bonnie and Clyde," "Heaven Can Wait" and "Shampoo," and to win an Academy Award for directing "Reds," Thursday was named recipient of the American Film Institute's 36th life achievement award.
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October 26, 1996
While Martin Scorsese seems a likely and fitting choice for the AFI Life Achievement Award for 1997 ("Scorsese to Get AFI Life Award," Oct. 10), my immediate reaction was why not these older equally deserving candidates? Elia Kazan (still untouchable for naming names in the early '50s), Marlon Brando (turned down his "Godfather" Oscar in 1973), Charlton Heston (too well known as a Republican and conservative) and Paul Newman (too independent for the Hollywood establishment) all have drawbacks.
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October 4, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Let's say this right off the bat: Jane Fonda, in the opinion of this lowly journalist at least, is a perfectly fine choice for an AFI life achievement award. She's done remarkable film work going back a long way, whether in "On Golden Pond," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Klute," "Coming Home" or many others. She's a woman on a list that needs more women (only eight have been given the AFI honor in the award's 42-year history). And whether it's videos about exercise or getting conservatives exercised, Fonda has continually reinvented herself in ways that go well beyond the movies.
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June 6, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Funnyman extraordinaire Mel Brooks has already won an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys and three Tony Awards, and Thursday evening he'll be adding another prestigious honor: the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The writer/director/actor/producer - and let's not forget songwriter - is responsible for enormous belly laughs in his classic comedies, including 1968's "The Producers," for which he won an Oscar for his screenplay, 1974's "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," 1976's "Silent Movie," 1977's Alfred Hitchcock spoof "High Anxiety" and 1983's "To Be or Not to Be," in which he starred with his wife, the late Anne Bancroft.
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May 20, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese ("The Departed," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Hugo") will present the American Film Institute's 41st Life Achievement Award to comedy master Mel Brooks at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on June 6. Scorsese received the prestigious AFI honor in 1997 for his body of work. Brooks, who has won the Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy, began his career as a comedian on the borscht-belt circuit and as a writer in the early 1950s on the legendary Sid Caesar series "Your Show of Shows.
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October 12, 2009 | Susan King
Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has been selected by the American Film Institute Board of Trustees to receive the 38th annual AFI Life Achievement Award. The 77-year-old filmmaker joins directors John Ford, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, among others, who have received the AFI's highest honor for a career in film. Nichols' first Oscar nomination came with 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The following year, he won the Oscar for "The Graduate."
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October 5, 2007 | Lee Margulies
Warren Beatty, a onetime bit player on the sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" who went on to star in such films as "Bonnie and Clyde," "Heaven Can Wait" and "Shampoo," and to win an Academy Award for directing "Reds," Thursday was named recipient of the American Film Institute's 36th life achievement award.
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June 10, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Sean Connery, the Scotsman who was the first -- and, some say, the best -- James Bond had to fight back tears several times Thursday evening as he was feted as the recipient of the 34th annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. The 75-year-old Oscar-winner, whose film career spans nearly five decades, joins the ranks of such actors as Clint Eastwood, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier and Jack Nicholson who have also received the AFI honor.
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June 11, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The force of Hollywood was with George Lucas on Thursday evening as the 61-year-old "Star Wars" filmmaker, producer and writer received the 33rd annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.
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