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August 21, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Seeing Dick Van Dyke give Mary Tyler Moore the Life Achievement Award at last year's SAG Awards clearly sparked an idea with someone at the Screen Actors Guild. SAG announced early Tuesday that Van Dyke will receive the Guild's highest honor at the 19th Annual SAG Awards ceremony on Jan. 27, 2013. “Dick is the consummate entertainer - an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment,” SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said in a statement.
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March 17, 2014 | By Susan King
The USC School of Dramatic Arts is honoring two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") with the Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists. The 76-year-old actress, the daughter of fellow Oscar winner Henry Fonda and brother of Academy Award-nominee Peter Fonda, will receive the honor at a  gala fund-raiser Nov. 5 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The award was created in 2009 for its first recipient, Robert Redford, who has appeared with Fonda in three films -- 1966's "The Chase," 1967's "Barefoot the Park" and 1979's "The Electric Horseman.
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October 5, 2012 | By Susan King
Writer/director/producer/actor and all-around funnyman Mel Brooks has been named the recipient of the 41st American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, it was announced Friday morning. "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy -- as he taught us long ago, it's good to be the king," Howard Stringer, chairman of AFI's board of trustees said in a statement about the man behind the trailblazing comedies "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," "Producers" and "Spaceballs," to name just a few projects.
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January 16, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
When Rita Moreno received a call last summer from SAG-AFTRA co-President Ken Howard, her first thought was that something was wrong. "I was in the car on my Bluetooth and he said, 'Rita, This is Ken Howard.' I said, 'Why the hell are you calling me? Do I owe dues? What's going on?' " When he got a word in edge-wise, Howard told her the reason for the call - Moreno  had been chosen the 50th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Morgan Freeman, who starred with Moreno over 40 years ago in the classic PBS kids' series "The Electric Company," will present her with the award during the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night.
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October 19, 1990 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kirk Douglas was named the 1991 recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award today, which, coincidentally, is the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles premiere of "Spartacus"--one of Douglas' most memorable roles. Douglas, 74, was informed of his selection by film institute trustee Steven Spielberg, who called him in the south of France where he is shooting Xavier Castano's "Welcome to Veraz" co-starring Gerard Depardieu.
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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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March 9, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Several weeks ago I was in a helicopter crash. They say that life flashes before you like a movie, but I was knocked out. I didn't see one thing. Thank God, I got a second chance to see it tonight." These were Kirk Douglas' opening remarks in accepting the American Film Institute's 19th annual Life Achievement Award Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after an hour and half of tributes from friends and colleagues, interspersed with the usual carefully selected film clips.
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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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September 16, 2009
Award set: Betty White will receive a life achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 23, six days after celebrating her 88th birthday.
NEWS
October 21, 1987
Academy Award-winning actor Jack Lemmon today was named the recipient of the American Film Institute's 1988 Life Achievement Award. Lemmon, 62, will receive the prestigious award during a televised gala ceremony on March 10 at the Beverly Hilton hotel, the AFI said.
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October 3, 2013 | By Susan King
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has been named the recipient of the American Film Institute's 42nd Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented at a gala tribute on June 5. Her father, actor Henry Fonda, was the AFI Life Achievement winner in 1978. "Jane Fonda is American film royalty," said Howard Stringer, chairman of the AFI's board of trustees. "A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path as an actor and a cultural icon.
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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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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 Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Do I get paid for this?" says Mel Brooks at the end of Robert Trachtenberg's biographical documentary, "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," premiering Monday as part of the PBS series "American Masters. " "If this program was called 'Dutch Masters,' I'd have boxes of cigars. But I had to be foolish and settle for 'American Masters.'" Writer, director, comedian, actor, producer, songwriter and drummer (because, as a drummer, you "made the most noise"), Brooks, who turns 87 this year, is in the midst of a long public moment.
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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.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Lisa Rosen
On Jan. 27, the Screen Actors Guild will give veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke its Life Achievement Award, honoring his storied career and humanitarian work, simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 5 p.m. PST. And if that isn't enough to celebrate, at 86 Van Dyke is a giddy newlywed, having married Arlene Silver, 40, in February. Sitting for an interview in the SAG Foundation Actors Center while Silver texts on the sidelines, he jokes, "When you marry a young girl, you marry her iPhone.
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